Late last week, the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) issued a call for white papers “to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need."  The call was issued through NIST’s Technology Innovation Program (TIP), and covers a multitude of areas seeking coverage, including nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

"In this call for white papers, TIP is seeking information in all areas of critical national need, but also seeks information to assist TIP in further defining several topic areas under development. White papers may discuss any area of critical national need of interest to the submitter, or may address any of the following topic areas: civil infrastructure, complex networks and complex systems, energy, ensuring future water supply, manufacturing, nanomaterials/nanotechnology, personalized medicine, and sustainable chemistry."

More information on submitting White Papers to TIP can be found here, and the deadlines for submission are: January 15, March 9, May 11, and July 13, 2009.