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Nanotechnology in the EU Framework Programme
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Nanotechnology is a growing field, where the resources needed are significant in terms of human creativity, scientific infrastructures and available funds, but where private investment is still limited. To benefit from the opportunities offered by nanotechnology, both scientific and technical challenges must be met: to increase our basic understanding of the nano-world; to create new materials, devices and processes; to integrate nano components in micro and macro applications; to establish new tools and techniques for industrial manufacture. There are also many challenges at a structural level: to maximise the efficiency of publicly funded pre-competitive research; to educate the next generation of students, researchers and technicians; to enhance societal awareness and perception; to develop metrology and standardisation for increased precision and accuracy; to secure an overall safe and responsible development of nanotechnology. These issues are addressed by the European Commission with a specific Communication on nanotechnology.
Presentation: invited oral at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2004, Funding Workshop, by Angela Hullmann
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2004
Submitted: 2004-07-06 11:21 Revised: 2009-06-08 12:55