Nanotechnology Foundations, Organizations & Agencies
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Nanotechnology Foundations, Organizations & Agencies


Nanotechnology foundations, nanotechnology institutes, and nanotechnology agencies and organizations are created by governments, business and industry, educational institutions, consumer groups and any combination thereof. Some nanotechnology organizations are directly tied to the founding bodies, some are adjuncts, and others are entirely autonomous.

Nanotechnology foundations, institutes and agencies serve a variety of functions, usually defined in a mission statement and often further expanded upon in a goals or vision statement. Some of these functions may include:
  • Promotion of education, research, development and commerce in nanotechnology, nanoscience, nanoengineering and related disciplines such as molecular biology, materials science and robotics.;
  • Funding of nanotechnology research and development efforts;
  • Encouraging development of career opportunities in nanoscience and nanoengineering and facilitation of job placement within nanotechnology disciplines:
  • Raising public awareness of nanotechnology issues, challenges or hazards or bringing a particular aspect of nanotechnology to the forefront of the public consciousness;
  • Serving as a watchdog or monitor for the nanotech industry and nanotechnology research to insure compliance with safety procedures, ethical standards and codes of conduct.
  • Lobbying lawmaking bodies for enactment of laws either favorable to the nanotechnology industry or restrictive to aspects of its development.
Nanotechnology organizations in the private sector are most often non-profit entities, but may also be for-profit companies such as think tanks engaged in furthering the nanotech industry and nanotechnology research. Nanotechnology foundations, institutes and agencies will play a pivotal role in the introduction and growth of nanotechnology applications within our society during the coming decades.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 12 February 2007.


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