Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives

Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs) are areas identified as ripe for significant advances through close and targeted program-level interagency collaboration.

To accelerate nanotechnology development in support of national priorities and innovation strategy, OSTP and the NNI member agencies have identified areas ripe for significant advances through close and targeted program-level interagency collaboration. This collaboration includes Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs), which are multiagency initiatives designed to focus a spotlight on technology areas of national importance that may be more rapidly advanced through enhanced interagency coordination and collaboration. 

Below are links to a progress review for the NSI Signature Initiatives, followed by pages with additional details on each initiative. 

Highlights of the NNI Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives

These documents provide an update on the activities of the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives.

Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Solutions for a Global-Scale Challenge

This nanotechnology signature initiative addresses the pressing technical challenges related to water quality and quantity, including increasing water availability, improving the efficiency of water delivery and use, and enabling the next-generation water monitoring systems.

Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology: Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment

This nanotechnology signature initiative is exploring the considerable potential for nanotechnology to open the door to the development of inexpensive, portable devices that can rapidly detect, identify, and quantify biological and chemical substances.

Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure (NKI): Enabling National Leadership in Sustainable Design

This nanotechnology signature initiative coordinates the nanoscale science, engineering, and technology communities around the fundamental, interconnected elements of collaborative modeling, a cyber-toolbox, and data infrastructure to capitalize on American strengths in innovation, shorten the time from research to new product development, and maintain U.S. leadership in sustainable design of engineered nanoscale materials.

Sustainable Nanomanufacturing: Creating the Industries of the Future

This nanotechnology signature initiative establishes manufacturing technologies for economical and sustainable integration of nanoscale building blocks into complex, large-scale systems by supporting product, tool, and process design informed by and adhering to the overall constraints of safety, sustainability, and scalability.

Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond

This nanotechnology signature initiative aims to discover and use novel nanoscale fabrication processes and innovative concepts to produce revolutionary materials, devices, systems, and architectures to advance the field of nanoelectronics.

Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion: Contributing to Energy Solutions for the Future

This nanotechnology signature initiative utilized the unique physical phenomena that occur on the nanoscale to help improve the collection and conversion of solar energy.