Nanotechnology Funding: Corporations Grab the Reins

April 5, 2011 | State of the Market Report

Governments, corporations, and venture capitalists invested $17.8 billion in nanotech in 2010, increasing their spending 1% relative to 2009. Corporations expanded spending by 7% over 2009, while governments and venture capitalists reduced their investments by 2.6% and 21.4% respectively. The United States government maintained its lead over all other governments with $2.1 billion of funding in 2010 despite a 17.3% drop relative to 2009’s total. In contrast, Russia expanded government funding by 38.6% to $1.05 billion in 2010, sliding past Japan into second. In corporate spending, U.S.and Japan continued their dominance with investments of $3.4 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively. U.S.-based companies grabbed the lion’s share of venture capital (VC) investments again in 2010, capturing 89% of the total $646 million. China and Russia continue to challenge the status quo, fueled by strong economic growth and amitious government backing, but the leaders remain out of reach for now.

Coverage Area

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    The revitalization of corporate spending in 2010 offset the drops in government funding and VC investment.
  • Analysis
    Countries around the globe offer vastly different funding environments for companies developing nanotechnology.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes


David Hwang

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