Research networks on nanomaterials

Links to networks of laboratories performing research on nanomaterials

European Union (EU) and non-EU countries in Europe 


EU EU NanoSafety Cluster - The EU NanoSafety Cluster is a European Commission DG RTD NMP initiative to maximise the synergies between the existing FP6 and FP7 projects addressing all aspects of nanosafety including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation. Make sure you check the European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium.

France The Nanosciences Foundation - 33 laboratories all based in Grenoble and interconnected thanks to our Thematic Network of Advanced Research (RTRA) aim to:
- Understand  materials properties at the scale of the nanometer,
- Make nanometer-sized objects,
- Simulate theirs properties,
- Discover new phenomena and develop their applications...

France Observatory for Micro and NanoTechnologies - OMNT - The Observatory for Micro and NanoTechnologies - OMNT - is a joint unit between the CEA and the CNRS. It was created in 2005 to precociously detect weak signals heralding ruptures. Thanks to a network of more than 300 experts, the OMNT carries out a continuous scientific watch on key topics of micro and nanotechnologies. The OMNT provides stakeholders from research and the economic world with analysis supporting them to understand the evolution of these technologies.

Switzerland Research in Switzerland - Nanotechnology plays a key role for Switzerland as a research location. A number of funding programmes are in place to support both basic and applied research. Research associated with nanotechnology and nanomaterials is currently funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with a National Research Focus (NRF) and a National Research Programme (NRP). The purpose of the NRF “Nano Sciences” is to generate impulses for “life sciences, sustainability and new information and communication technologies”. Moreover, it was the basis for the foundation of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel.


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U.S.A.National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) - The United States has set the pace for nanotechnology innovation worldwide with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Launched in 2000 with eight agencies, the NNI today consists of the individual and cooperative nanotechnology-related activities of 27 Federal agencies with a range of research and regulatory roles and responsibilities... 



Japan Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology - The TIA-nano is an approach for establishing an attractive global nanotechnology research center, under the leadership of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), the University of Tsukuba, and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) with the support of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), by integrating their capabilities in research and development. Creating networks with relevant industries and graduate schools, TIA-nano aims to function as an open innovation research base and to accelerate the introduction of nanotechnology innovations to the market, in conjunction with education for the next generation.