Nanotechnology Commercialization Success Stories, 5505-5506 [2016-01521]
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2016)]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-01521]
OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Nanotechnology Commercialization Success Stories
ACTION: Request for information.
SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek
examples of commercialization success stories stemming from U.S.
Government-funded nanotechnology research and development (R&D) since
the inception of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in 2001.
The information gathered in response to this RFI may be used as
examples to highlight the impact of the Initiative or to inform future
activities to promote the commercialization of federally funded
nanotechnology R&D. Depending on the nature of the feedback, responses
may be used to shape the agenda for a workshop to share best practices
and showcase commercial nanotechnology-enabled products and services.
Commercial entities, academic institutions, government laboratories,
and individuals who have participated in federally funded R&D;
collaborated with Federal laboratories; utilized federally funded user
facilities for nanoscale fabrication, characterization, and/or
simulation; or have otherwise benefited from NNI agency resources are
invited to respond.
DATES: Responses are requested by February 29, 2016.
ADDRESSES: You may submit responses by any of the following methods
(email is preferred):
Email: NNISuccessStories@nnco.nano.gov. Include [NNI
Success Story] in the subject line of the message.
Mail: Mike Kiley, National Nanotechnology Coordination
Office, ATTN: RFI0116, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405,
Arlington, VA 22230. If submitting a response by mail, allow sufficient
time for mail processing.
Instructions: Submissions are limited to five pages, one of which
we strongly recommend be an overview slide using the template provided
at www.nano.gov/NNISuccessStories. Responses must be unclassified and
should not contain any sensitive personally identifiable information
(such as home address or social security number), or information that
might be considered proprietary or confidential). Please include a
contact name, email address, and/or phone number in case clarification
of details in your submission is required.
Disclaimer: Federal agencies may or may not use any responses to
as a basis for subsequent projects, programs, or funding opportunities.
Responses to this RFI will not be returned. The Office of Science and
Technology Policy is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the
information received, or to provide feedback to respondents with
respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Respondents to
this RFI will have no competitive advantage in receiving any future
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Kiley, (703) 292-4399,
NNISuccessStories@nnco.nano.gov, National Nanotechnology Coordination
Office. Any requests for clarification must be received no later than
seven (7) business days prior to the close of this RFI in order to
receive a timely response.
Background Information: The National Nanotechnology Initiative
(NNI), established in 2001, is a U.S. Government research and
development (R&D) initiative of 20 Federal departments, independent
agencies, and independent commissions (hereafter referred to as
``agencies'') working together toward the common challenging vision of
a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the
nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that
benefits society (see www.nano.gov). Over the life of the NNI,
participating agencies have invested a total of $22 billion in
nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization; their
combined, coordinated efforts have accelerated the discovery,
development, and deployment of nanotechnology to address agency mission
goals and broader national needs.
One of the four goals of the NNI is to foster the transfer of new
technologies into products for commercial and public benefit. Recent
external assessments of the NNI by the President's Council of Advisors
for Science and Technology (PCAST) have highlighted the need to better
assess and highlight the Initiative's progress towards this goal. While
there are a number of excellent examples of nanotechnology-based
commercial products, the purpose of this RFI is to collect more
comprehensive information about the impact of NNI investments on
nanotechnology commercialization. This RFI seeks to collect examples of
commercial products or services attributable at least in part to the
NNI, through direct funding of the developer and/or a collaborator, the
use of federally funded facilities, or based at least in part on
intellectual property or specific research results that arose from
Federal investment in nanotechnology.
The feedback received may be used to inform strategic activities to
further foster nanotechnology commercialization. Depending on the
nature of the feedback, responses may also be used to shape the agenda
for a workshop to share best practices and showcase examples of
successful transfer of nanotechnology from lab to market, and
respondents may be invited to this and other events related to
nanotechnology commercialization. In addition, information gained from
this RFI may be used to update commercialization activities and goals
in the 2016 NNI Strategic Plan, and may be incorporated into future NNI
reports, publications, public remarks, and other materials.
Information Requested: The National Nanotechnology Coordination
Office seeks examples of nanotechnology commercialization success
stories enabled by Federal investments under the auspices of the NNI.
Examples should include a description of the nanotechnology-enabled
product or service, key things that led to commercialization success,
the role nanotechnology plays in the product, and how the Federal
Government helped make success possible, including the following
Description of the nanotechnology-enabled product or
Success story details, which may include but are not
limited to: Companies formed; jobs created; collaborations with larger
companies or research institutions; revenues; patent applications or
patents granted; and/or awards.
Role of the U.S. Government in commercial success. The
Government role could include direct funding of research and
development; collaboration with Federal laboratories; use of federally
funded user facilities for nanoscale fabrication, characterization,
and/or simulation; or other benefits from NNI agency resources.
Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Director.
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