A major stride in nanotechnology
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Aug 14, 2000
National Nanotechnology Initiative: The Initiative and its ImplementationPlan
The National Science and Technology Council took the next step toward a
multiagency initiative to make advances in nanotechnology by releasing a
report and implementation plan Thursday for the National Nanotechnology
The initiative became one of President Clinton's top priorities when he
requested $495 million for fiscal 2001. It would require the collaboration
of agencies including the departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce; the
National Science Foundation; NASA; and the National Institutes of Health.
report describes the investment strategy for grand challenges
in nanotechnology and provides milestones for the initiative. It also describes
the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office, which will be responsible
for managing the multiagency initiative and for preventing the duplication
NSF, which has coordinated the national Information Technology Research
program office, will be responsible for the coordinating office for nanotechnology,
said Michael Daum, an agency representative to the National Economic Council.
Nanotechnology is a science that works at the atomic and molecular level
to create any type of structure or device with improved molecular organization.
Nanotechnology can be used to build anything not just computers.