This program is unique in that academia, industry, and government organizations work in cooperation to determine the feasibility of deploying NET-based products in a safe and responsible manner. Studies conducted within this program will provide industry with a procedure for decision making, establishing safe workplace protocols, and developing manufacturing processes that have a minimal environmental impact. Simultaneously, these studies will aid government organizations and policy decision makers to establish the most appropriate standards and regulations that will bring NET-enabled technologies to market while ensuring health and environmental safety. To this end, a number of partnerships have been developed to meet the challenges of this effort.