Today’s issue of the Federal Register carries a request for information  (RFI) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as part of the effort to gain input from stakeholders in creating a new National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan, to be issued in December 2010.

The RFI seeks responses from the stakeholder community to sets of questions under six categories:

A. Goals and Objectives

    A1. What specific and measurable objectives should be established to help achieve the four stated NNI goals?      A2. Are there other overarching goals that would enable the NNI to better support the 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?  

B. Research Priorities

    B1. What are the most important gaps in the NNI R&D portfolio (i.e., specific underfunded areas ripe for success) that should be addressed to achieve the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4)?      B2. What nanotechnology R&D areas should NNI member agencies pursue under the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives model of close and targeted program-level interagency collaboration to help accelerate nanotechnology innovation? B3. What are the most important scientific and technical challenges that would need to be met to realize the NNI goal(s) (1, 2, 3, and/or 4) and objectives?  

C. Investment

    C1. What types of research and development investments (e.g. support for individual investigators, small teams, centers, research infrastructure, etc.) should …