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Posted: February 15, 2008

EUR 61 million competition for innovative nanotechnology project starts in Germany

(Nanowerk News) Next Monday, February 18, 2008, the Innovation Ministry of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will kick off the 1st NRW-Nanokonferenz (in German) in Dortmund with a €61 million (approx. $85 million) endowed competition "micro nano Werkstoffe.NRW +" for scientists and entrepreneurs.
The aim of the competition is to provide innovative research and development projects in micro-and nanotechnologies, and materials research. An independent expert panel will decide the winners.
On the first conference day, NRW Innovation Minister Prof. Andreas Pinkwart will explain the state government’s strategy in the nanotechnology sector. Pinkwart said: "North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the leading locations of micro-and nanotechnologies and the development of innovative materials. Already today, these key technologies have become part our everyday lives: nanotechnology research plug is part of laptops and sunscreen lotion, microtechnology enables mobile phone cameras, innovative materials make artificial hip joints more biocompatible or allow us to use solar energy more efficiently."
The large range of services in NRW in the field of nanotechnology is on display at the show next Monday and Tuesday (February 18 and 19). 800 nanotechnology researchers and users from the business sector will take part in an exchange on the transfer of scientific knowledge into commercial products.
The "Micro Nano + Werkstoffe.NRW" is the first in a series of competitions that the Innovation Ministry will start this year. Competitions in the areas of biotechnology and energy technology will be announced in the coming weeks advertised.
Source: Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
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