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Research Priorities

The Federal Government has an interagency, coordinated plan for identifying and prioritizing research needs and implementing a research strategy. The resources below include several documents detailing the research plan.

  • National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The NNI is the central program that coordinates Federal nanotechnology research and development (R&D). Twenty-five federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, participate in the NNI. NNI creates a framework for nanotechnology R&D by establishing shared goals, priorities and strategies, including prioritizing environmental, safety and health research. The NNI webpage contains background information, news and FAQs on nanotechnology, including Federally-funded nanotechnology research efforts.
  • The National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan. NNI (2007, December), 1.28 MB PDF*, 52 pages. The plan identifies activities aimed at accomplishing the NNI goals and priorities and represents the consensus of the participating agencies, including OSHA.
  • NNI, Strategy for Nanotechnology-related Environmental, Health and Safety Research. (2007), 2.88 MB PDF*, 102 pages. The document describes NNI's strategy for addressing priority research on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) aspects of nanomaterials.
  • NNI, Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials: An Interim Document for Public Comment. (2007), 143 KB PDF*, 80 pages. Prioritization principles were used to identify five priorities within each of the five categories of EHS needs identified in the EHS Research Needs document below. This document defines these twenty-five priorities along with the principles and the process used for prioritizing EHS research needs.
  • NNI, Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials. (2006), 1.06 MB PDF*, 80 pages. The primary purpose of this document is to identify for the Federal Government EHS research and information needs related to understanding and management of potential risks of engineered nanoscale materials.
  • NIOSH, Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research: Filling the Knowledge Gaps. (2008) This document presents a research agenda for addressing knowledge gaps concerning possible worker exposure to nanomaterials, the health risks from such exposure, and development of control technology and prevention measures.
  • Nanotechnology White Paper (EPA). EPA 100/B-07/001, 2007, 4.12 MB PDF*, 136 pages. The document describes research needs and recommendations for nanotechnology.
  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST. Researchers in the Center's laboratories are developing measurements, standards, and data crucial to private industry's development of products for the nanotechnology market.
  • National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation (NSF), one of the participants in the NNI, funds research and educational efforts through their Nanoscale Science and Engineering program.

*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance at (202) 693-1999 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

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