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The National Nanotechnology seeks input

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) plans to publish a new strategic plan in December 2010 that will include priorities and objectives for the next 5-10 years.  The goals of the plan are to:

  1. Advance a world-class nanotechnology research and development;
  2. Foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit;
  3. Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology; and
  4. Support responsible development of nanotechnology.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) have created the NNI Strategy Portal to solicit input from the community.  The Portal is a Web 2.0 application that combines elements familiar to most Internet users.  The Portal enables members to post their responses to questions and indicate one or more of the four overarching NNI goals to which the response applies. Other members in the community can then comment and/or rate responses. The feedback also helps innovators (members who have provided responses) to improve the quality of their response.

You can engage in the conversation by registering on the portal: http://strategy.nano.gov/
The topics change each week. August 2-8 focus on evaluation and policy for NNI and Aug. 9-15 focus on goals and objectives for NNI.  

You can also read more about the initiative on the NNI blog.  Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, posted an article entitled Reflections on the NNI - Coordination and Partnerships - http://strategy.nano.gov/blog/post/226

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