Governments worldwide are now strongly supporting R&D in nanotechnology, with over 30 countries implementing concerted national initiatives and programs. Government spending on nanotechnology worldwide is now at record levels. Government spending in Nanotechnology worldwide over the next five years will be in excess of US$30billion.
Government Policy and Initiatives in Nanotechnology Worldwide details the programs and initiatives of over 30 countries worldwide. It outlines the frameworks that have been put in place and the next steps on the path to commercialization.
Focus: Fundamental Nanoscale Phenomena and Processes; Nanomaterials; Nanoscale Devices and Systems; Instrumentation Research, Metrology and Standards for Nanotechnology; Nanomanufacturing; Major Research Facilities and Instrumentation Acquisition; Societal Dimensions
Period: US Funding year by year i.e. President’s budget) through the National Nanotechnology Initiative
2006: US$1.05 billion
2007: US$1.3 billion
EU (Seventh Framework Programme)
Focus: Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP)
Period: 2007-2013 (€45-50 billion total investment)
Funding: €3.5 billion. €300-400M estimated in 2007
Focus: Nanotechnology related to IT, Bio and Environment
Nanotechnology Themes include:
- Materials contributing to cost reduction in clean energy
- To develop fuel cell vehicles with a travel
distance of 400km and a durability of 3000 hours by 2010
- Materials that overcomes the issue of natural resources exhaustion
- To develop technologies alternating the
functions of rare substances by around 2015
- Super early diagnosis and
- To develop diagnosis technology for 1mmcancers
- X-ray free electron lasers
Period: 3rd Science and Technology Basic Plan 2006-2010 (Total R&D Investment of 25 trillion yen:US$208billion)
Funding:600billion Yen (US $5.2billion) approx.
Focus: - Nanoelectronics
Period:2001-2010: 10 year nanotechnology plan.
- Nanomaterials and
- Nanotechnology in optoelectronics
- Production technologies
- Optical science and engineering
1. Small and leading edge-projects 2. Infrastructure build-up 3. Enhanced research ministry funding 4. Innovation and education 5. Greater info exchange and state involvement
Funding:Public funding, year by year; Projects generally 3 years €300-330 million per annum (Current strategy is likely to be extended over 5-10 year period) Nano funding: BMBF €135million; Economic Ministry €25m; Defence Ministry €10-11m; Institutional funding (Max Planck, Fraunhofer) €165m.
Projected Public Nanotechnology Funding Worldwide 2006-2010, in million euros (Source: Nanoposts.com, 2007).