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Alper, Joe; Amato, Ivan – Executive Office of the President, 2010
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is the U.S. Government's crosscutting program that coordinates Federal research and development (R&D) activities in nanoscale science, engineering, technology, and related efforts among various participating agencies. The Federal Government launched the NNI in FY 2001 with an initial $500 million…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Research and Development, Program Effectiveness, Federal Government
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Fisher, Erik; Mahajan, Roop L.; Mitcham, Carl – Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 2006
Public "upstream engagement" and other approaches to the social control of technology are currently receiving international attention in policy discourses around emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. To the extent that such approaches hold implications for research and development (R&D) activities, the distinct participation of scientists…
Descriptors: Social Control, Research and Development, Scientists, Engineering
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Pilarski, Linda M.; Mehta, Michael D.; Caulfield, Timothy; Kaler, Karan V. I. S.; Backhouse, Christopher J. – Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 2004
At present there is an enormous discrepancy between our nanotechnological capabilities (particularly our nanobiotechnologies), our social wisdom, and consensus on how to apply them. To date, cost considerations have greatly constrained our application of nanotechnologies. However, novel advances in microsystem platform technologies are about to…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Science and Society, Science Education, Biomedicine