The primary aim of the SIINN ERA-NET is to promote the rapid transfer of the results of nano-science and nanotechnology (N&N) research into industrial application by helping to create reliable conditions. In order to strengthen the European Research Area and to coordinate N&N-related R&D work, the project has the aim of bringing together a broad network of ministries, funding agencies, academic and industrial institutions to create a sustainable transnational programme of joint R&D in N&N. The commercial application of nano-materials (NMs) products is increasing rapidly, but one important question, the safety of NMs, still represents a barrier to their wide innovative use. Therefore the first priority of SIINN is to focus on developing a consolidated framework to address nano-related risks and the management of these risks for humans and the environment by investigating the toxicological behaviour of NMs.
European R&D activities in N&N remain largely uncoordinated and fragmented, resulting in the sub-optimal use of available resources, such as human resources, research equipment and funding. Since available data on their toxicological behaviour is often scant, unreliable or contradictory, the SIINN Project will focus on ways of remedying this situation. After defining the criteria important for NM toxicology, the environmental health and safety (EHS) information currently available to Europe will be examined. Liaisons will strategically be established and maintained. They will network with organisations looking into the EHS of NMs within Europe and abroad with the aim of continually exchanging information with these. Available information will be examined for their reliability in respect of the assessment of the risks of NMs towards human health and to the environment and major knowledge gaps identified. At least two joint, transnational calls will be organised during the initial lifetime of SIINN in order to fill these gaps.
Start Date: 2011-08-01 End Date: 2014-07-31 EU Contribution: 1 499 493 Euro Total Costs: 2 031 802 Euro Programme Acronym: FP7-NMP Subprogramme Area: NMP-FP7-2010-4.0-7 ERA-NET on Nanotechnologies, including Nanotoxicology Funding Scheme: Coordination (or networking) actions Administrative Contact Person: Anke KRÜGER (Ms.)
SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND SFI – Republic of Ireland
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES – France
THE TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY BOARD – United Kingdom
VENETO NANOTECH SCPA – Italia
MINISTERIO DE CIENCIA E INNOVACION – Spain
TEMAS AG TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Switzerland
ETHNIKO IDRYMA EREVNON – Greece
BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER VERKEHR, INNOVATION UND TECHNOLOGIE – Austria
REGIONE DEL VENETO – Italia
FEDERAL OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH – Switzerland
STICHTING VOOR DE TECHNISCHE WETENSCHAPPEN – Netherlands
BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG – Germany
UNITATEA EXECUTIVA PENTRU FINANTAREA INVATAMANTULUI SUPERIOR, A CERCETARII, DEZVOLTARII SI INOVARII – Romania