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NNI publishes supplement to President’s budget request

Date: 05/12/2017

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published a supplement to the President’s 2018 budget request.

The supplement also serves as NNI’s annual report and summarises the progress made in achieving NNI’s goals, the research and development (R&D) activities and plans of the participating agencies, and the agency investments in each programme component area.

The President’s 2018 Budget provides $1.2 billion for the NNI, an investment in support of innovation promoting America’s interests, including competitiveness, economic growth, and national security. The NNI investments proposed for 2018 reflect an emphasis on broad, fundamental research in nanoscience to provide a continuing pipeline of new discoveries that will enable future transformative commercial products and services.

Among the 4 longstanding-goals outlined by the NNI is Goal 4. Support Responsible Development of Nanotechnology. The NNI states that:

The responsible development of nanotechnology has been a primary goal of the NNI since its inception. An understanding  of  the  behaviour  of  nanomaterials  with  respect  to  nanotechnology-related  environmental,  health, and safety (nanoEHS) considerations - in addition to potential ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) - is essential for establishing public confidence and regulatory certainty so that companies can readily bring nanotechnology products to market. Considering the applicability of nanotechnology to a wide variety of market segments, well-coordinated nanoEHS research is vital to American innovation and to advancing manufacturing and economic competitiveness.

Five R&D categories have been identified, known as Programme Component Areas (PCAs). PCA 5 focuses on understanding the potential environment, health and safety impacts of nanotechnology development, and at assessing, managing and mitigating the corresponding risks. NIOSH, CPSC, EPA, FDA, academia and industry, among many others, are working on various projects and collaborations which focus on areas such as the safe development of nanomaterials and nano-manufacturing, standards developments, toxicology research and environmental implications.

Read more the full document here.

Source: NNI

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