The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is seeking input to the development of a revised Strategic Plan for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), planned for release in December 2010. In response to the Request for Information (RFI), theMaterials Research Society (MRS) organized a task force preparing professional input to the NNI Strategic Plan. Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Yoke Khin Yapserved as a task force member and sub-group leader to discuss and prepare the MRS input. The majority of the work was conducted using an MRS online collaboration project site.
Dr. Yap was responsible for preparing input about future NNI investments. Among the questions posted to the task force were:
- What types of research and development investments should the NNI agencies create, sustain, and/or expand to achieve the NNI goals?
- What is the appropriate balance for investment in nanotechnology among US private and public entities (i.e., government, corporate R&D, and venture capital) to achieve the NNI goals?