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NanoData: Providing services in support of research and policy in the field of nanosciences and nanotechnologies

Ongoing
Start Date: 
December, 2013
End Date: 
December, 2017
Client: 
Service contract for the European Commission – DG RTD
Description: 

The project, commissioned by DG Research and Innovation, aims to provide information for policies that lead to the creation and improvement of the conditions which will allow researchers and European industries to safely master the properties of nanomaterials and to innovate with nanotechnology.

The consortium carrying out this project has therefore adopted a coherent framework which:

  • presents nano data and pieces of information in a way which provides systematic insights into the whole nano-value chain, from scientific research to market, from the basic materials, via nano-enabled components and products, to “end-of-life” solutions;
  • clearly indicates the interconnections between the different aspects;
  • is up-to-date, providing insights into the recent dynamics in the field of nanotechnology, nano-industries and related markets;
  • makes the relation of issues of risk and regulation to these developments visible;
  • makes this integrated information base adequately accessible for the wider public, for interested stakeholders and for specialists at the same time.

The initial stage of the project will therefore focus on three crucial elements: landscaping, impact assessments (combining ex-ante and ex-post IA) and an interactive website. The consortium will largely be focusing on primary data.

Work on this project began in April 2013, and is envisaged to run for a period of 4 years.

Partners

For the purpose of this project, JIIP, including its members TNO, TECNALIA and Joanneum Research, has entered into a consortium with Frost & Sullivan, the University of Leiden, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) and Oakdene Hollins.