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Nanotechnology Update: U.S. Leads in Government Spending Amidst Increased Spending Across Asia

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Nanotechnology Update: U.S. Leads in Government Spending Amidst Increased Spending Across Asia
Published: December 28, 2015 Content info: 15 Pages

This publication has been discontinued on January 14, 2020.


Governments, corporations, and private investors (venture capitalists) invested $18.1 billion in nanotechnology in 2014, increasing their spending 1.2% relative to updated 2012 figures. The U.S. contributed 33% of this amount. Corporations expanded spending by 3.5% over 2012 while private investors reduced their investments by 45%. Government spending remained consistent over this time period. The United States maintained its lead over all the other governments, with $1.67 billion of federal and state funding in 2014. U.S. corporations also lead global spending on nanotechnology R&D, investing $4.0 billion in 2014, which was approximately $1.5 billion more than the next country, Japan. The revenue from nano-enabled products has continued to grow from $850 billion in 2012 to $1.6 trillion in 2014, an increase of 90%.

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Corporations continue to funnel more money into nanotechnology than governments and investors, and it pays off in increased revenues.




  • Figure 1: Graphic Past Leaders Continue to Support Nanotechnology
  • Figure 2: Graphic China and Russia Stand Out in PPP Spending
  • Figure 3: Graphic Corporate Spending on Nanotechnology R&D is Still on the Rise
  • Figure 4: Graphic U.S. and Japan Still Reign Supreme Compared to the Rest of the World at PPP
  • Figure 5: Graphic VC Funding of Start-Ups Working on Nanotechnology Slips in 2013
  • Figure 6: Graphic VC Funding Dropped in Most Leading Nanotechnology Countries in 2014
  • Figure 7: Graphic The Number of VC Deals Declined Since a 2011 Uptick
  • Figure 8: Graphic Series D or Later Account for the Majority of VC Funding
  • Figure 9: Graphic The Nanotechnology Value Chain
  • Figure 10: Graphic Growth in Revenue from Nano-Enabled Products is Higher than Previous Expectations
  • Figure 11: Table Revenue from Nano-Enabled Products (in US$ Millions)
  • Figure 12: Graphic Materials and Manufacturing Generate the Most Revenue from Nano-Enabled Products
  • Figure 13: Table Global Revenue from Nano-Enabled Products by Sector (in US$ Millions)
  • Figure 14: Graphic Revenue from Nano-Enabled Products Will Grow More Quickly in Asia
  • Figure 15: Table Revenue from Nano-Enabled Products by Region (in US$ Millions)
  • Figure 16: Graphic Nanointermediate Revenue Increases Versus Previous Estimates
  • Figure 17: Graphic Downgrade in Nanomaterial Value Estimates
  • Figure 18: Table Global Revenue from Nano-intermediates and Value of Nanomaterials (in US$ Millions)
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