Source: European Union – Publication date: June 2013
This publication outlines nanoscience and nanotechnology dedicated research expenditure in Europe over recent years, in particular via the 7th research framework programme. An overview is given of the main sectors where nanotechnology is enabling significant progress. It highlights a selection of exemplary projects financed through FP7 that are representative of major research themes, such as nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, self-assembly, catalysts, industrial applications, energy and environment, tools for investing the nanoscale, health/safety/environment and communication/societal impact.
While the UK Government has commissioned reports and provided responses over the past decade, in the field of nanotechnology (see Appendices), the UK has not articulated an overarching national strategy on nanotechnology that can rank alongside those from the likes of the US and Germany. It is intended that this report, with its unique industry led views on nanotechnology, together with other strategic documents, including the Nanoscale Technologies Strategy 2009-2012 produced by the Technology Strategy Board, will provide a significant contribution to a future UK Government Strategy on Nanotechnology.
Source: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology – Publication date: April 2008
The Act that created the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel (NNAP) calls for this advisory body to conduct a review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and report its findings to the President. This is the second report of the NNAP under the Act.
Source: National Nanotechnology Initiative – Publication date: December 2007
The 2007 NNI Strategic Plan describes the vision, goals, and priorities of the NNI. Through the approach described in this new Strategic Plan, the NNI will ensure that the United States derives growing economic benefits and improved quality of life for its citizens, and remains a global leader in nanotechnology R&D in the years to come.
Source: UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform – Publication date: June 2002
Report of the UK Advisory Group on Nanotechnology Applications. This report offers to Government the considered views of a group of academic and industry experts on the steps that need to be taken if the UK is to build on its current investments in nanotechnology research and become a world class player in nanotechnology applications. It gives a realistic assessment of where we stand in relation to our major industrial competitors in realising the potential
of this fundamenatally new approach to manufacturing.
Source: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment – Publication date: January 2009
The aim of the analysis of public perceptions of nanotechnology was to describe the impact factors for risk communication in the new risk area of nanotechnology. A basic qualitative-psychological study in conjunction with a representative population survey of the perceptions of nanotechnology aimed to provide insight into the factors which influence consumer perceptions, the dynamics of importance in the field of nanotechnology and the direction in which public opinion on nanotechnology can move.
A new model for scientific research known as 'convergence' offers the potential for revolutionary advances in biomedicine and other areas of science, according to this white paper by 12 leading MIT researchers. The white paper says that one should capitalize on the trend of convergence - which involves the merger of life, physical and engineering sciences - to foster the innovation necessary to meet the growing demand for accessible, affordable health care.
Source: FramingNano – Publication date: February 2010
The FramingNano project was launched in May 2008 with the aim of creating proposals for a workable governance platform. The resulting FramingNano Governance Platform, as described in this report, has been proposed to the European Commission as a tool to support the responsible development of nanotechnologies at European level and beyond.