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NNI FY 2009 Budget Supplement

Big Things Tiny WorldThe National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) budget report for 2009 has been released and provides $1.5 billion for nanotechnology research and development (R&D), reflecting steady growth in investments by NNI member agencies as the Initiative enters its eighth year.

The NNI encompasses the nanotechnology-related activities of 25 Federal agencies. For more information on the 2009 NNI budget, visit the Funding section of this website or view the full pdf version.


Large industry currently supports about half of the R&D in nanotechnology in the U.S.-about $2 billion per year. The other half comes from small business and investors, as well as Federal, state and local governments.

Federal research grants are defined and awarded by individual government departments and agencies, in accordance with their respective missions. Read Current Solicitations for links to funding home pages for the departments and agencies participating in the NNI. You can also use a new solicitation database offered by the DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies to learn about opportunities for nanoscience research funding by Federal agencies.

In addition to grants are special programs designed to seed commercialization activity that facilitates economic growth. These programs support small business collaboration with universities and other research institutions. See Funding Partnerships for an overview of these Federal government programs, the largest of which are the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Facilitating business partnerships, state and regional funding and a positive business environment are goals of economic development initiatives that have formed across the country specifically for nanotechnology. Read more about these state and regional initiatives.

Federal Grants is a central warehouse to find and apply for over 1,000 federal grant programs at 26 federal agencies.

Special Resources for R&D

Tech-Net, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is an Internet-based database of information containing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards, Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards, Advanced Technology Program (ATP) awards, and Manufacturing Extension Partners (MEP) centers. It is a free service for those seeking small business partners, small business contractors and subcontractors, leading edge technology research, research partners (small businesses, universities, federal labs and non-profit organizations), manufacturing centers and investment opportunities.

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