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Posted: January 30, 2008

EU nanotechnology R&D in the field of health and environmental impact of nanoparticles

(Nanowerk News) The European Union has released a 124-page publication on nanotechnology research funding addressing in particular the health and environmental impact of nanoparticles: EU nanotechnology R&D in the field of health and environmental impact of nanoparticles (pdf download, 400 KB).
Following its commitment of addressing upfront the potential risks, the European Commission has boosted support for specific collaborative research into the potential impact of nanoparticles on human health and the environment since the Framework Programme 5 (FP5). These activities have been continued and reinforced in FP6 and in FP7 where several topics were launched specifically addressing the safety of nanomaterials. At the same time, the EU Members States have also been funding research in that field, but a consolidated overview of these ongoing or finished projects was not yet available so the magnitude of these national efforts was difficult to evaluate.
The new compilation aims at gathering the most complete overview of past and ongoing research projects funded by the FPs, EU Member States, Candidate Countries and Countries associated to FP6 or FP7 in the area of possible impacts in health, environment and safety of nanoparticles. Being the first of its kind, this compilation has information of 106 projects, 14 of them are from the FPs which give around 32 million € in grants. The others 92 projects are from the EU Members States which spend around 47 million € in grants. This makes a total of some 79 million €.
This information may well be incomplete. All interested parties are kindly requested to send additional information on research projects funded through national funding schemes to the email address pilar.aguar@ec.europa.eu. Several projects are currently in negotiation for funding under FP7; information will be added as soon as possible. It is the intention to regularly update this information and make it available through the European Commission dedicates websites.
Source: Cordis
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