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NNI Publishes Supplement to President’s 2018 Budget Request

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
On November 30, 2017, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published a supplement to the President’s 2018 budget.  The supplement also serves as NNI’s annual report and summarizes 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 program component area. … 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

EU-U.S. Joint NanoEHS Workshop Will Be Held in March 2015 in Italy

Posted in Federal, International, Research
 The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced on December 5, 2014, that, in collaboration with the European Commission (EC), it will hold the 2015 “EU-U.S.:  Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint workshop on March 12-13, 2015, in Venice, Italy.  According to NNCO, the workshop will bring together the U.S.-European Union (EU) Communities of Research (COR), which… 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

CRS Publishes Nanotechnology Policy Primer

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published an April 13, 2012, document entitled Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer that provides an overview of federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology, U.S. competitiveness, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns, nanomanufacturing, and public understanding of and attitudes toward nanotechnology. CRS states that, since the launch of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)… Continue Reading

NRC Publishes A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On January 25, 2012, the National Research Council (NRC) posted the pre-publication version of its report entitled A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked NRC to perform an independent study to develop and monitor the implementation of an integrated research strategy to address the… Continue Reading

ObservatoryNANO Posts Report on Nanotechnology EHS Landscape

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
ObservatoryNANO posted on November 24, 2011, a report on the nanotechnology environment, health, and safety (EHS) landscape. ObservatoryNANO, which is funded by the European Commission, intends to support European policy makers by providing scientific and economic analysis of nanoscience and nanotechnology developments. ObservatoryNANO notes that activity concerned with the EHS aspects of nanotechnologies has been growing for… Continue Reading

NNI Will Hold Webinar to Announce 2011 EHS Research Strategy

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on October 20, 2011, to announce the release of the 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy, and to discuss the development of the Strategy and its key focus areas. Dr. John Howard, Co-Chair of the Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group, will… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from US-EU Workshop: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has posted the presentations from the March 10-11, 2011, workshop entitled “US-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts,” which was intended to continue the robust dialogue between the U.S. and European Union (EU) on issues of shared concern pertinent to nanotechnology research initiatives. The workshop covered the following areas: Significant discussion about environmental, health,… Continue Reading

NNI Releases Reports from EHS Workshops

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On July 19, 2011, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the release of four reports from a series of workshops focusing on issues in the nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) arena. According to NNI, the workshops were a part of an ongoing strategy to coordinate nanotechnology-related EHS research by convening experts from industry, academia, and… Continue Reading

Draft NNI EHS Research Strategy Available for Comment

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council request comments regarding the draft National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy (Strategy). The draft Strategy describes the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) environmental, health, and safety (EHS) vision… Continue Reading

NanoBusiness Alliance Issues Position Statement on Sustainable Development of Nanotechnology

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 1, 2010, the NanoBusiness Alliance issued a Position Statement on Nanomaterials Product Sustainability, which reflects its members’ “enduring commitment to managing effectively the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology.” The NanoBusiness Alliance is committed to working with governments and nanomaterials stakeholders to manage the sustainable development and use of nanomaterials in a… Continue Reading

House Bill Would Reauthorize NNI

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On May 28, 2010, the House passed, by a vote of 262-150, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), which would authorize funding for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), as well as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science activities. The… Continue Reading

Lynn L. Bergeson Included in List of Top Ten Experts in EHS Issues Related to Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues
We are pleased to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson is included in the Nanotechnology Law & Business list of the top ten experts in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) issues related to engineered nanomaterials. Nanotechnology Law & Business states that they chose ten individuals with “substantial expertise” in EHS issues related to engineered nanomaterials and that… Continue Reading

NNCO Responds to NRC Report on Nanotechnology Research Strategy

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On February 13, 2009, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) released a statement regarding the National Research Council’s (NRC) December 10, 2008, report regarding its review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research.  According to the statement, NNI member agencies noted the report’s “substantial and important recommendations… Continue Reading

Bill to Reauthorize NNI Introduced in Senate

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 17, 2007, Senators Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), Chair of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, John Kerry (D-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Ted Stevens (R-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) introduced the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2008. The bill would reauthorize the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and amend aspects of the… Continue Reading

GAO Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on the Accuracy of Data Concerning Federally Funded EHS Research

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 24, 2008, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled Nanotechnology: Accuracy of Data on Federally Funded Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Could Be Improved, which contains the testimony of Robert A. Robinson, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Science, Technology,… Continue Reading

NSET Releases Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related EHS Research

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On February 14, 2008, the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology released a final document entitled Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research, which describes the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) strategy for addressing priority research on the environment, health, and safety (EHS) aspects… Continue Reading

CRS Report Reviews Possible Risk Management Approaches for Congress to Consider

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
According to a January 22, 2008, Congressional Research Service (CRS) report entitled Engineered Nanoscale Materials and Derivative Products: Regulatory Challenges, questions about the need for, and ideal form of, nanotechnology regulations are “exceedingly difficult” to address, given the current state of scientific understanding. CRS considered challenges faced by scientists, entrepreneurs, and agency officials involved in the National… Continue Reading

DEFRA Publishes Research Report On Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, OECD
On December 19, 2007, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published a report entitled Characterising the Potential Risks Posed by Engineered Nanoparticles: A Second UK Government Research Report, which follows up on DEFRA’s 2005 report and 2006 progress report. The report reviews the status of research pertaining to the environmental, health, and safety (EHS)… Continue Reading

Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus Holds Briefing

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On November 19, 2007, the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus held a briefing on “Nanotechnology and Environment, Health & Safety Issues.” The panel of speakers included Vicki Colvin, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, Rice University; Andrew Maynard, Ph.D., Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for… Continue Reading

EHS Research Priorities Released for Comment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On August 16, 2007, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a document entitled The Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs… Continue Reading

Senate Requests GAO Review of NNI

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
In a March 15, 2007, letter, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), which was created to accelerate the discovery, development, and deployment of nanoscale science and technology. For fiscal year 2006, NNI received $1.2 billion in… Continue Reading