June 29, 2007

$1M Included In Senate Bill For Albany NanoTech

By: by Eric Anderson, Deputy Business Editor, Times Union


The Senate Appropriations Committee's approval Thursday afternoon of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY08 spending bill includes $1 million for The New York Center for National Competitiveness in Nanoscale Characterization at the University at Albany, according to a joint announcement from U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer.

"This is great news for Albany and the entire Capital Region," Schumer said. "This crucial funding will cement the partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and UAlbany making this research hub a national center of excellence, and a leader in nanotechnology research."

The funds will be used for the new center, a partnershp between NIST and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at UAlbany "to advance nanoscale metrology innovations and strengthen the resulting R&D-manufacturing-commercialization ecosystem," according to a release announcing the funding approval.

The measure now goes to the Senate floor.