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.
NanoCare intends to further investigate systematically the human-toxicological effects and interactions occurring during the production, processing, and application of synthetic nanomaterials. External and internal exposures will be quantified, material-specific toxicity parameters will be determined, and mechanisms of action will be identified to detect and predict possible toxic effects on humans along the life cycle of the investigated nanomaterials.
NanoCare projects: CarbonBlack, CarboTox, NanoExpo, NanoGEM, NanoKon, NanoMed, Nanosilver particles
NanoNature is aimed at strengthening potential nanomaterial market segments in the environmental field and at enhancing the export of environmentally relevant materials and technologies. In addition, systematic analyses will be carried out and adapted measuring methods will be developed to assess the release, distribution, fate, and effect of synthetic nanoparticles and nanomaterials in the environment.
NanoNature projects: Fe-NANOSIT, NADINE, NanoFlow, NanoKiesel, NanoMembrane, NanoPharm, NanoPurification, NanoSan, Nano-SCR, NanoTrack, NAPASAN, UMSICHT
The ERA-NET SIINN Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology promotes the safe and rapid transfer of European research results in nanoscience and nanotechnology (N&N) into industrial applications. National and regional resources will be virtually pooled to create a transnational programme of research. SIINN will bring together today's fragmented research activities on the potential risks of engineered nanomaterials for environment, human health, and safety. www.siinn.eu/en/
Projects funded in the 1st SIINN call : NanoIndEx, NanOxiMet, NanoHeter