Research Projects and Programmes

Links to nanomaterial-related research projects or programmes or databases of research projects at all levels (global, EU, national, regional, company,...)


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

EU - Framework Programmes for Research -  European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium - It provides a detailed listing of Sixth and Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP6 - FP7) projects funded by the EU on nanomaterial toxicity and exposure monitoring, integrated risk management, research infrastructure and coordination and support activities.

EU European Metrology Research Programme - NanoChOp - This website supports the research project ‘Chemical and Optical Characterisation of Nanomaterials in Biological Systems’, known as ‘NanoChOp’. The project is run in collaboration with European National Measurement Institutes, industry and standardisation bodies and is funded by the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP). Browse to understand more about this research, read project successes and find out how to get involved.

EU - LIFE ProgrammeLIFE nanoRISK - Best practices effectiveness, prevention and protection measures for control of risk posed by engineered nanomaterials (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000178).

EU - European Commission - DG Research and Innovation - Industrial Technologies publication - Nanotechnology: Research and Innovation the invisible giant  tackling Europe’s future challenges (PDF_symbol, published 2013).

SwitzerlandInfonano - Risk research is aimed at analysing the effects of nanomaterials on humans and the environment. The purpose is to create the basis for risk evaluation and for developing test methods and strategies. In doing so, risk research can help identify the need for regulatory action.

Germany DaNa: Acquisition, evaluation and public-oriented presentation of society-relevant data and findings relating to nanomaterials - DaNa is an umbrella project aiming at collecting and evaluating scientific results in an interdisciplinary approach with scientists from different research areas, such as human and environmental toxicology, biology, physics,  chemistry, and sociology. Research findings from the field of human and environmental nanotoxicology will be prepared and presented together with material properties and possible applications for interested laymen and stakeholders. This data will be published on a website and also via other media. All data will be evaluated with regard to their scientific value prior to publishing. Projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on the topics "Nanotechnologies for Environmental Protection – Benefits and Impacts" and "Impacts of Synthetic Nanomaterials on Man".


American Continent


U.S.A. - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies - An inventory of current research involving nanotechnology health and environmental implications.

U.S.A. - NIST Nanotechnology Portal - Advancing nanoscale measurement science, standards, and nanotechnology is an important component of NIST's mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness. 

Latin America / EU - NMP-DeLA project - The main objective of NMP-DeLA project is to develop a series of activities between European and Latin American countries, aiming to strengthening the local research and training potential, as means to achieve the goal of deployment of Nanomaterials technologies on those areas of major social challenge in Latin America: energy, water and health.


Other countries


Norway - The Research Council of NorwaySafeNano Network (SNN) - The SafeNano Network will provide a positive environment that promotes knowledge transfer and open discussion of ideas, challenges and concerns between research institutes, universities, industry, the government, consumer groups and NGOs across Norway (whole value chain approach). It will offer a platform for a sustainable development of nanotechnology and promote implementation of new policies on nanomaterial safety. See also the searchable project database of the Research Council of Norway.

Israel - Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (INNI) - With strong representation from Israeli academia and industry, INNI is charged with setting national goals and priorities for advancing nanotechnology in Israel, creating long-range plans that fully exploit Israel's scientific and commercial capabilities.

Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) - AIST is contributing to green innovation, the aim of which is to achieve enhanced Japanese competitiveness and a sustainable society by creating materials and devices that play a core role in green innovation with nanotechnology as the key technology, and by revolutionizing manufacturing processes in the fields of nanotechnology, materials, and manufacturing.

Japan - Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC) - TASC is a consortium of nine companies and a public research institution, was founded on May 24, 2010. TASC is engaging in research and development on Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene and aiming to establish a new industry on their composite materials.

EU - Japan - IRENA - Coordinated EU-Japan research project on indium replacement by single-walled carbon nanotube thin films.


International Organisations


United Nations (UN)FAO: Food safety and quality - Nanotechnologies - A number of emerging nanotechnologies seem to have the potential to provide significant benefits in various fields including the food, water and agriculture sectors. New and emerging applications such as water purification systems, rapid pathogen and chemical contaminant detection systems, and nano-enabled renewable energy technologies applied along the food chain are expected to provide developing countries with new tools to address some of the challenges to sustainable agricultural and irrigation development as well as food safety and food security. It is important to ensure adequate upfront attention to some important issues that nanotechnologies pose to the global community.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)OECD Database on Research into the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials - A global resource which collects research projects that address environmental, human health and safety issues of manufactured nanomaterials. This database helps identify research gaps and assists researchers in future collaborative efforts. The database also assists the projects of the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) as a resource of research information. General information on the database here.