Public-Private Partnerships in Nanotechnology R&D
Keywords: nanotechnology, Advanced Technology Program, nanostructured materials, nanofabrication, nanofibers, nanocrystalline materials, diagnostics, reactive bonding, thin films, NIST
Public-Private Partnerships in Nanotechnology R&D Dr. Donald A. Bansleben National Institute of Standards and Technology 100 Bureau Drive Stop 4730 Gaithersburg, MD 20899 email: email@example.com Phone: (301) 975-8252 Fax: (301) 548-1087 The NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) is a unique partnership between government and U.S. industry designed to accelerate the development of innovative, high-risk technologies for broad national benefit. Topics for ATP projects are proposed by industry, and awards are made on the basis of announced competitions that consider both the technical and business merits of the proposed work. Companies of any size may apply, and universities or national labs may partner with industry in ATP projects. The evolution of ATP's investments in nanotechnology has been driven by expressed industry needs. Technology development areas in ATP's portfolio of funded projects include new nanostructured materials and composites, tools for nanometrology, diagnostics, processes for the manufacture of nanofibers, thin films, reactive alloys and nanocrystalline materials, nanofabrication techniques, and nanoelectronic and photonic devices. These projects encompass a diverse range of industries and applications areas, including cost-effective routes to novel materials, health-care and medical devices, filtration, reactive bonding of dissimilar materials, etc. Selected examples of ATP investments in high-risk nanotechnology R&D projects are provided. An overview of NIST's Advanced Technology Program along with a summary of NIST-ATP's investments in nanotechnology are presented (http://www.atp.nist.gov).
Nanotech 2004 Conference Technical Program Abstract