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NanoEHS Webinar Will Address How NNCI Nodes Support Environmental Research

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on July 27, 2017, entitled “The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Nodes and Environmental Research: Examples from the Field.”  The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports NNCI, which includes 16 user facility sites, their affiliated partners, and a coordinating office.  NNCI sites provide researchers, academics, small and… Continue Reading

Nanosensor Manufacturing Workshop Will Be Held in June

Posted in Federal, United States
On June 13-14, 2017, a “Nanosensor Manufacturing Workshop:  Finding Better Paths to Products” will be held at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.  The Workshop supports the goals of the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) Nanotechnology Signature Initiative, “Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology.”  According to NNI, the Workshop will identify key elements needed… Continue Reading

CRS Report on Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress Includes Nanotechnology and the NNI

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a March 14, 2017, report entitled Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress.  The report outlines science and technology policy issues that may come before the 115th Congress.  The report notes that, given the rapid pace of science and technology advancement and its importance in many diverse public… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Upcoming Webinars

Posted in Federal, United States
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) periodically holds webinars to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community.  Upcoming webinars include the following: On January 18, 2017, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Enabling Next-Generation Water Monitoring Systems.” In this webinar, panelists… Continue Reading

Bill Presented to President Obama Would Lengthen Time between NNI Strategic Plans, Reviews, and Evaluations

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) would amend the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (15 U.S.C. § 7501 et seq.) to change the frequency of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) reports.  The strategic plan would be released every five instead of every three years, and the triennial review would be renamed the… Continue Reading

Obama’s Actions to Promote American Entrepreneurship Include Supporting Nanotechnology Industry

Posted in Federal, United States
On November 30, 2016, the White House published a blog item, “President Obama’s Top Ten Actions to Accelerate American Entrepreneurship,” and posted a fact sheet on President Obama’s entrepreneurship accomplishments.  The tenth action is “Unleashed entrepreneurship in the industries of the future, including clean energy, biotechnology, the commercial space industry, nanotechnology, drones, robotics, advanced manufacturing,… Continue Reading

Registration Open for Webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Increasing Water Availability”

Posted in Federal, United States
Registration is now open for a December 7, 2016, National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) webinar, “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology:  Increasing Water Availability.”  NNI states that water demand in the U.S. is projected to increase over the next several decades.  In addition to increased demand, many U.S. aquifers are being depleted at unsustainable rates, which may lead… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces 2016 NNI Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On November 1, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan.  The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 requires National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) agencies to develop an updated Strategic Plan every three years.  The 2016 Strategic Plan represents a consensus among the… Continue Reading

Draft 2016 NNI Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On September 13, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced in the Federal Register the availability of the draft 2016 NNI Strategic Plan for public comment.  The NNI Strategic Plan represents a consensus among NNI agencies on the high-level goals and priorities of the NNI, and on specific objectives to be pursued over at least… Continue Reading

National Academies Publishes Prepublication Version of Triennial Review of the NNI

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
In early September 2016, the National Academies published a prepublication version of the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.  The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  In particular, the NRC was asked to assess:  (1) mechanisms to advance… Continue Reading

OSTP Blog Item Notes Recent Reports Highlighting Continued Federal Commitment To NanoEHS

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted on April 11, 2016, a blog item, authored by Lloyd Whitman, OSTP, and Dr. Treye Thomas, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), entitled “Supporting Responsible Development of Nanotechnology.”  The item states that the following reports released in March 2016 highlight federal investments and activities in the area… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Supplement to the President’s 2017 Budget

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On March 31, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published its supplement to the President’s 2017 budget request.  The supplement also serves as the NNI annual report called for under the provisions of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003.  NNI states that the President’s budget request provides $1.4 billion for NNI,… Continue Reading

NNI Agencies Announce Nanotechnology Signature Initiative for Water Sustainability

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) issued a March 23, 2016, press release concerning the launch of a Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI), Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology:  Nanoscale Solutions for a Global-Scale Challenge.  The Office of Science and Technology posted a blog item on March 23, 2016, concerning the new NSI, stating that it is intended “to… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Workshops and Webinar in Support of the NNI

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) published a Federal Register notice on March 14, 2016, announcing the following events in support of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI): The “2016 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop,” which will be held May 19-20, 2016. NNCO expects to obtain input from individual stakeholders that it may use to inform… Continue Reading

OSTP Seeks Nanotechnology Commercialization Success Stories

Posted in Federal, United States
On February 2, 2016, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) seeking examples of commercialization success stories stemming from U.S. government-funded nanotechnology research and development (R&D) since the inception of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in 2001.  OSTP states that the information gathered in… Continue Reading

OSTP Posts Blog Item on Educating and Inspiring Students through Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted a blog item on January 25, 2016, on “Educating and Inspiring Students through Nanotechnology.”  The blog item states that to reap the benefits of nanotechnology, “we must train our Nation’s students for these high-tech jobs of the future.”  The blog item announces that a new six-part… Continue Reading

Registration Open for NNI Webinar “All Hands on Deck for Improving Data Quality”

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
Registration is open for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) December 11, 2015, webinar entitled “All Hands on Deck for Improving Data Quality.”  The one-hour webinar will include a presentation from Dr. Paul Weiss, Distinguished Professor at UCLA and Editor-in-Chief of ACS Nano, on nanotechnology data reproducibility challenges and needs.  Dr. Ewan Birney, Director of European… Continue Reading

NSF Will Provide $81 Million to Support New NNCI

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced on September 17, 2015, that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).  The awards are for up to five years and range from… Continue Reading

CPSC and NNI Will Hold Workshop on Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is sponsoring a July 7-8, 2015, workshop, co-sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), entitled “Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products — Addressing Environmental, Health, and Safety Implications.” This is a technical workshop to determine the state of the science and the tools and methods available to… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Outcomes of the 2015 EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Posted in EU Member State
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 23, 2015, the outcomes of the March 12-13, 2015, joint workshop held by the U.S. and the European Union (EU), “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts.”  The workshop was intended to promote and deepen the collaboration on nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS) research.  Workshop participants reviewed progress toward… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Supplement to President’s 2016 Budget

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 11, 2015, its supplement to the President’s 2016 budget submitted to Congress.  NNI states that the supplement serves as the NNI annual report.  According to the annual report, in 2014, federal agencies invested $1.57 billion in nanotechnology-related activities.  The President’s 2016 request calls for an investment of… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Proceedings of Meeting on Carbon Nanotube Commercialization

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 12, 2015, the proceedings of a September 15, 2014, meeting on “Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to Commercialization,” held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters.  According to NNI, a number of common themes and potential future research and… Continue Reading

“Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology” Workshop Proceedings Now Available

Posted in United States
Presentations from the September 25, 2012, workshop entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology” are now available online. The workshop, organized by the California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) and hosted by the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, brought together experts and critical thinkers within the industry. Highlights of the workshop included… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Progress Report from Nanotechnology Research Center

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On November 7, 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) posted a document entitled Filling the Knowledge Gaps for Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: A Progress Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, 2004–2011. NIOSH established NTRC in 2004 to address occupational safety and health concerns associated with nanotechnology. The progress… Continue Reading