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Obama signs ARRAOn Tuesday, February 17, 2009 the New Administration signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which the president signed at the Museum of Nature and Science in Denver and contains billions of dollars in funding for science including, among other programs:

  • $2.5 billion for the National Science Foundation for research and related activities, and $400 million for construction of major research equipment and facilities
  • $16.8 billion to the Department of Energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy including $4.5 billion to modernize the electrical grid, $400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, and $1.6 billion for science.
  • $400 million to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for science.
  • And $230 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for "operations research and facilities." Detailed list of spending.

The agenda of the House Committee on Science and Technology of the 111th Congress provides greater detail on the key issues, including nanotechnology initiatives that this funding will begin to address.

In making his remarks before signing the bill into law, President Obama said, "Just as President Kennedy sparked an explosion of innovation when he set America's sights on the moon, I hope this investment will ignite our imagination once more, spurring new discoveries and breakthroughs that will make our economy stronger, our nation more secure, and our planet safer for our children."

The Nanotechnology Research Foundation looks forward to the opportunity this legislation offers to participate in making President Obama's vision a reality. Because of the diligent efforts of our great volunteers, we are well positioned to take a leadership role in the scientific journey about to begin. Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and your tremendous support.  

The America Competes Act focuses on three primary areas of importance to maintaining and improving United States' innovation in the 21st Century:

  • Increasing research investment
  • Strengthening educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from elementary through graduate school
  • Developing an innovation infrastructure

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Government Departments and Agencies

Federal agencies that participate in the National Nanotechnology Initiative under the auspices of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council.

BIS (DOC) Bureau of Industry and Security
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission Nanotechnology Statement (PDF)
USDA (CREES/USDA) Nanotechnology at Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Department of Defense
-Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
-Army Engineering R&D Center
-Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
-Army Research Office (ARO)
-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
-Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E)
-Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
-Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Ed Dept. Department of Education
DOE Department of Energy
-Office of Science Nanotechnology
-Office of Basic Energy Sciences
-Office of Fossil Energy
-Office of Industrial Technologies
-Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DOJ Department of Justice
DOL Department of Labor
-Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
DOS Department of State
DOTRANS Department of Transportation
DOTREAS Department of Treasury
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
-Nano Research
-Nanotechnology under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TOSCA)
FDA (DHHS) Nanotechnology at Food & Drug Administration
Intelligence Intelligence Community
ITC International Trade Commission
NIH (DHHS) National Institutes of Health
NIOSH (DHHS) Nanotechnology at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIST (DOC) Nanotechnology at National Institute of Standards and Technology
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NSF Nanotechnology at National Science Foundation
NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission
USPTO Patent and Trademark Office
USGS US Geological Survey
Forestry Service (USDA) Forest Service