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Home > Nanotechnology Columns > US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Nanotechnology Initiative (USEACANI) > Bridging the Nanodivide through innovative nanoresearch

Ejembi Onah
President
Focus Nanotechnology Africa Inc(FONAI)

Abstract:
For Africa and the Caribbean to be in the nanorace or anyway way close the widening nanogap between them and the developed nations of North America, Western Europe and Asia-Japan; there should be concerted effort by policy makers, private sector and academia to engage in innovative research. Without innovative research in nanoscience and nanotechnology in these regions, the region will be dead producing dead nanoscientists that are not aware of latest nano developments. The developed world should engage in big funding of innovative research directly in these regions and further collaborate.

January 24th, 2010

Bridging the Nanodivide through innovative nanoresearch

Dr. Ejembi John Onah, D.Sc
Founding President Focus Nanotechnology Africa Inc (FONAI), Ithaca USA
Chairman Steering Committee, USEACANI, CO-Chair-US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Academy of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (USEACANN) and Editor-In-Chief, Journal Nanotechnology Progress International (JONPI).

For Africa and the Caribbean to be in the nanorace or anyway way close the widening nanogap between them and the developed nations of North America, Western Europe and Asia-Japan; there should be concerted effort by policy makers, private sector and academia to engage in innovative research. Without innovative research in nanoscience and nanotechnology in these regions, the region will be dead producing dead nanoscientists that are not aware of latest nano developments. The developed world should engage in big funding of innovative research directly in these regions and further collaborate.
As a solution to bridging the nanodivide between developing and developed countries, Focus Nanotechnology Africa Inc.(FONAI)-US-EU-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Initiative (USEACANI) was formed. USEACANI has a proposed budget of $10 billion for 10 years:
Mission: Maintain a first class research and development program competitive with anywhere in the world to fully realize the potentials of nanotechnology and nanoscience
Federal research and developments lead to the growth of knowledge, discoveries and develop technologies that address national needs. To fully accomplish the vision of nanotechnology initiative; federal government funding is required at intersection and frontiers of many disciplines, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and materials. Activities of government to achieve this vision are for high funding of basic and applied research, development of technologies and transfer of such technologies for economic development. Application areas by government and industries include medicine, agriculture, energy, information, defense, transportation, etc. USEACANI research activities will be focused in these areas: Nanoenergy (solar cell), nanofiltration, nanomedicine (drug delivery vehicles and vaccines for cures and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tumor, cancer, malaria, cholera, etc), nanosensors, nanoagriculture and nanoeducation.

Proposed activities:

The USEACANI will fund R & D within and across boundaries of science and engineering disciplines in order to advance discovery innovation in nanoscience and nanotechnology. USEACANI intends to spend $4 billion to built specialized institutes around themes of nanoenergy, nanofiltration, nanomedicine, nanaosensors, nanoagriculture and nanoeducation. Nanoscience and nanotechnology universities will be built along the same themes to masters and PHD with faculties recruited from Diasporas and other scientists globally. Such faculties can hold two positions in their home countries or developed countries and in Africa and the Caribbean. All these institutions will have the state of art equipments and other infrastructures. Universities and other research institutions will perform most of the federally funded researches. This funding can be in form of grants, contracts cooperative agreement. Government laboratories should perform about 25% of the R&D of federally funded research; 10% should be small business and private sectors including non-government organizations. R & D and development activities can be in the following ways:


Donation Request! To continue this focused nano educational campaign especially to the less privileged developing nations, we need immediately
$1 million emergency relief fund
for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology education especially in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Donate now please by visiting http://www.Fonai.org .
Nothing is too small or too big,
Individuals, academia, policy makers (government institutions), private sector, not-for-profits, etc
Please give your kind donation

Reference
1.Onah E. Editorial Review, J. Nanotech. Progr. Int. 2009, 1, 4
2. Onah E. Working document 2009. http://fonai.org/USEACANI.html



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