EU research projects
Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies hold potential for solving many of our current and future challenges from climate change and energy scarcity to developing medical and industrial applications that improve our standard of living while maintaining and stimulating the competitiveness of European industry.
A key instrument in increasing our understanding of the potential safety concerns related to nanomaterials and nanotechnologies while exploring their capacity to usher in a new era of innovations is the European Union's research programme. The current Horizon 2020 programme is by far the largest EU research and innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding allocated to different projects in a variety of different fields. Approximately €2 billion of this is allocated for projects on nanomaterials and nanotechnology.
Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme succeeds Horizon 2020.
- to characterize release scenarios during industrial processes of the ceramic sector
- to assess exposure by addressing the release mechanisms and the toxicity
- to characterize the intentionally and unintentionally produced nanoparticles
- to propose mitigation measures in order to minimize exposure
Demonstrators will be designed to fulfil scalability towards industrial needs and focus on TRL5/TRL6. End users from a wide range of industrial sectors (transport, construction, leisure and electronics) will adapt the knowledge gained from the project and test the innovative high added value demonstrators.
NanoFARM research will determine how the properties of agricultural manufactrured nanomaterials and applied concentration affect their:
- Persistence in the environment.
- Bioaccumulation by tomato and wheat plants and trophic transfer to terrestrial organisms.
- Toxicity and multigenerational effects on soil organisms and potential for ecological impacts.
- Allows all stakeholders to assess the environmental fate of nano releases from industrial nano-enabled products.
- Is acceptable in regulatory registrations and can be integrated into the EUSES model for REACH assessment.
- Allows industry a cost-effective product-to-market process.
- Delivers the understanding at all levels to support dialogue with public and consumers.
- Create more realistic assessments and projections of changes in fisheries resources by utilising new biological knowledge including, for the first time, proprietary data sampled by pelagic fishers.
- Advise on how to secure long-term sustainability of EU fish stocks and elucidate tradeoffs between profitability and number of jobs in their fisheries fleets. Provide recommendations on how to stabilize the long-term profitability of European fisheries.
- Develop a public, internet-based resource tool box (PANDORAs Box of Tools), including assessment modelling and stock projections code, economic models, and region- and species-specific decision support tools; increase ownership and contribution opportunities of the industry to the fish stock assessment process through involvement in data sampling and training in data collection, processing and ecosystem-based fisheries management.
- Phase-change materials (PCMs);
- A cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants;
- Natural essential oils.