Industrially produced nanoparticles offer potential for a wide range of products. Further research regarding the impacts of nanoparticles on people and the environment is needed. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds projects together with industry to fill knowledge gaps and to initiate measures to identify and minimise risk. The goal of these projects is to find methods for an early assessment of the impact of nanoparticles on human health and the environment.
Within the framework of WING - Materials Innovation for Industry and Society, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has called for proposals on „NanoNature: Nanotechnologies for Environmental Protection – Benefits and Impacts“ and „NanoCare: Impacts of Synthetic Nanomaterials on Man“. By filling some further gaps in our knowledge on the effects of nanomaterials on man and the environment as well as on the related interactions, these projects will contribute to ensuring a safe, responsible use of nanotechnology in the German industry. During the years 2009-2013 a total sum of 20 projects were supported and funded by the BMBF with an overall budget of EUR 36 millions.
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