Nanoscience and nanotechnology in the EC research programs

– In February 2008, the European Commission released a recommendation on a code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research. It is based on seven principles : meaning (activities should be broadly comprehensible); sustainability; precaution; inclusiveness (with regard to stakeholders); excellence; innovation; and accountability (with regard to social and other impacts).*

– The 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Community (which runs from 2007 till 2013) includes a theme entitled “Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies” (“NMP”).**

– Additionally, two European Community technology platforms*** are already set up in the field of nanotechnology :

–> European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC)

–> European Technology Platform-Nanomedicine (ETP-Nanomedicine)

* The European Commission website includes a dedicated nanotechnology page.

** More information about nanotechnology projects in former Framework Programs is available from this page

*** The full list of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) can be found here.


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