Iran has recognized the significance of nanotechnology like other pioneering countries and started its activity in harmony with her 5th national economic development plan. In this regard as the first step, a nanotechnology study committee started its activities in 2001 leading to establishment of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) in 2003. Further, INIC developed the first 10 year national nanotechnology initiative plan which was approved by the government in 2005. The INIC is tasked with determining the general policies for the development of nanotechnology in the country and pursuing the case with implementation of the policies. Iran's success in achieving a proper place among 15 advanced countries in nanotechnology and making attempt to promote the position in a bid to develop Iran's economy are the main missions of the INIC. Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council is seeking to pave the road for activity of the private sector and generation of wealth within the society through providing facilities, crating market and removing the impending obstacles.
In summery INIC tasks include:
- Setting goals, strategies, macro-scale policies and national initiative for development of nanotechnology in the country.
- Assignment of general tasks for governmental bodies and determination of missions for each sector and make coordination among them within the framework of a long term national plan.
- Supreme supervision in realization of goals and program.
The current structure of INIC is shown below.