House Approves Nanotechnology Initiative
June 4, 2008
On June 4th, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2008," an amendment to "The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act." The act authorizes $10 million from the America COMPETES Act for each fiscal year, 2009 and 2010, to NSF to develop undergraduate education programs and research in nanotechnology, which will involve "education regarding the environmental, health and safety, and other societal aspects of nanotechnology." The amendment also calls for including more businesses in the "Nanotechnology Education Partnerships" established under the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002.
The House passed the legislation 407 to 6, and it was sent to the Senate for further action.