ACTION: Notice of request for information.
SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek
suggestions for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next
Decade: Ambitious but achievable goals that harness nanoscience,
nanotechnology, and innovation to solve important national or global
problems and have the potential to capture the public's imagination.
This RFI is intended to gather information from external stakeholders
about potential grand challenges that will help guide the science and
technology priorities of Federal agencies, catalyze new research
activities, foster the commercialization of nanotechnologies, and
inspire different sectors to invest in achieving the goals. Input is
sought from nanotechnology stakeholders including researchers in
academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and
professional societies, and all other interested members of the public.
DATES: Responses must be received by July 16, 2015 to be considered.
ADDRESSES: You may submit responses by any of the following methods
(email is preferred):
Email: NNIChallenges@nnco.nano.gov. Include
[Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges] in the subject line of the
message. The response may be in the body of or as an attachment to the
Mail: Attn: Tarek Fadel, National Nanotechnology
Coordination Office, ATTN: NNI Grand Challenges RFI, 4201 Wilson Blvd.,
Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. If submitting a response
by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing.
Instructions: Responses must be unclassified and should not contain
any information that might be considered proprietary, confidential, or
personally identifying (such as home address or social security
Disclaimer: Federal agencies may or may not use any responses to
this RFI as a basis for a subsequent project, program, or funding
opportunity. Responses to this RFI will not be returned. The Office of
Science and Technology Policy is under no obligation to acknowledge
receipt of the information received, or provide feedback to respondents
with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. No requests
for a bid package or solicitation will be accepted; no bid package or
solicitation exists. In order to protect the integrity of any possible
future acquisition, no additional information will be provided and no
appointments for presentations will be made in reference to this RFI.
This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and
does not constitute a solicitation. Responders to this RFI will have no
competitive advantage in receiving any awards related to the submitted
input on a potential Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tarek Fadel, (703) 292-7926,
NNIChallenges@nnco.nano.gov, National Nanotechnology Coordination
Office. Any requests for clarification must be received no later than
seven (7) business days prior to the close of this RFI in order to
receive a timely response.