The initial spark of nanotechnology in Iran was struck in 2000 when the Nanotechnology Policy Studies Committee was formed. In the fall of 2003, Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) officially was established, inspired by the national leadership nanotechnology programs in many countries around the world. The strategic plan of nanoscience and technology provides the outline of nationwide activities in this field from 2005 to 2015. This was called “The Future Strategy”, which was approved by the government cabinet in July 2005, and explains the vision of nano-science and technology development of Iran. The vision is the following: “For materialization of the twenty year vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the software movement and the improvement of level, quality and security of people’s life, in a ten year period, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be a developed country in terms of nanotechnology with the following:

  • Local advanced infra-structures and enjoying higher share of expert human resources
  • Having effective and constructive internal and international interactions
  • Generator of economic added value resulting from nanotechnology
  • Enjoying competition capability at global level”