Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. (2010) Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Project Report. Executive Office of the President.


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In this report, PCAST, serving in its role as the NNAP, assessed the effectiveness of the NNI over the past two years and since its inception. PCAST’s observations, conclusions, and recommendations presented here are based on the analysis of its 2010 NNI Working Group, consisting of 3 PCAST members and 12 additional nongovernmental experts in nanotechnology. The Working Group’s deliberations were informed by discussions with government officials, industry leaders, and technical experts from the wide range of fields affected by nanotechnology. Before beginning its review, the Working Group cochairs received input from the other members of PCAST, relevant Congressional committee staff, and staff from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Research Council (NRC), and OSTP. Based on that input, the Working Group decided that there were three overarching categories that would prove most useful for assessing NNI performance and for arriving at valuable and actionable recommendations to ensure that NNI can succeed in the many roles it has to play. Those categories are: 1. Program Management—An appraisal of how well NNI leadership has performed with respect to the roles it has been tasked to carry out. 2. Nanotechnology Outcomes—An analysis of what the Federal nanotechnology investment has delivered and recommendations to enhance the outcomes, especially economic outcomes. 3. Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS)—An assessment of NNI’s performance in helping to orchestrate the identification and management of potential risks associated with nanotechnology, with particular attention paid to reviewing progress the NNI has made in following through on recommendations made in the 2008 NNAP review of the NNI. Because 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the NNI, the panel decided it would be appropriate to conclude with a forward-looking chapter that discusses how nanotechnology might contribute to important societal needs and goals in the coming years.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Policy and Regulation
Environment, Health, and Safety
Collections: Nanomanufacturing Report Collection
Depositing User: Jessica Adamick
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 15:38
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2011 15:38

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