The NNI has posted the 2012 Budget Supplement (56 pages) with the following note:
The NNI is pleased to announce the release of the NNI Supplement to the President's 2012 Budget. As indicated in this document, the total investment in nanotechnology R&D by NNI member agencies for 2012 is $2.1 billion, an increase of $200 million over the 2010 actual NNI investments. Among the highlights are: (1) increased funding for the three Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives first announced in the 2011 Budget, for a total of over $300 million in the 2012 request; (2) a large increase in the nanotechnology R&D investments at the Department of Energy; and (3) increased funding for nanoscale devices and systems R&D, while maintaining funding for fundamental nanotechnology research.
For cleantech use of nanotech, ARPA-E is a large subject in this document. Solar cells, nanoelectronics, and nanomanufacturing are also important.
One important theme during budget negotiations is that defense research spending might be one topic the opposing parties can agree on.
Illustrating the opportunities: I attended a presentation from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on March 3, 2011 regarding its nanotech programs. AFRL is looking to partner and has broad nanotech research interests. The next conference on Nanotechnology for Defense will be held October 24-28 in Bellevue, Washington.