NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing

| March 5, 2013

The National Research Council’s second Triennial Review of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has been  released and is now available for free download.

The 142-page review of NNI identified five “cross-cutting, high-priority areas for focus and improvement for NNI going forward”:

  • Improve information gathering and communication at the project level;
  • Develop and implement interagency plans for focused areas;
  • Rework the NNI website to serve better the diversity of stakeholder groups;
  • Take advantage of new technologies for data collection and analysis; and
  • Identify, share, and implement best practices, especially relating to technology transfer and commercialization.

In its report, the NRC assesses NNI’s role in maximizing opportunities to transfer selected technologies to the private sector and suggests improvements and new mechanisms intended to foster technology transfer. The NRC evaluates the suitability of current procedures and criteria to determine progress toward NNI goals, and recommends “explicit definitions of success for and metrics associated with meeting those goals.” The NRC also reviews the NNI’s management and coordination of nanotechnology research across participating federal agencies.