Session 2-A

The Roadmap for Nanotechnology

Wednesday, November 2, 3:00 - 3:50 PM

Speaker(s): Michael Meador

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), established in 2000, is a collaboration of 20 Federal agencies and cabinet level departments with the shared vision that the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale can lead to revolutionary new materials and devices that can improve human health and quality of life, lead to job creation and enhance the US economy, and improve our national security. This presentation will discuss how the NNI helps to promote nanotechnology and the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Over the lifetime of the NNI, these agencies and departments have invested more than $24B in fundamental and applied nanotechnology R&D, unique user facilities for characterization and fabrication, education and training, and efforts to promote the responsible development of nanotechnology. Federal funding in nanotechnology R&D have been augmented by significant investments by the private sector. According to Lux Research, US industry and VCs invested 3:1 over government in 2014. As a result of these investments, nanotechnology has become pervasive in products that affect our daily lives—from cosmetics to clothing to consumer electronics.

Fundamental research has led to the development of nanoparticle-based diagnostics and therapeutics that will radically change how we treat disease.  This presentation will cover some of the past accomplishments of the NNI and discuss its future, including ways in which the broader nanotechnology community can have a hand in shaping the direction of the next era of the NNI—NNI 2.0, the future of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.