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M€ in open calls for proposals for a total Budget of 32.413 M€.
Grants for collaborative R&D Projects involving more than 2 independent entities established in 2 or more EU Member or Associated States, for the development of innovative products, services or processes.

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  GRANTS FOR ENSURING THE SAFETY OF NANONTECNOLOGY
NMP.2012.1.3-1 Systematic investigations of the mechanisms and effects of engineered nanomaterial interactions with living systems and/or the environment CALL CLOSED
The rapid expansion of nanomaterials production and use in several products creates a need for understanding the mechanisms of nanomaterialinteractions with living systems, and the environment, along their life cycle from manufacturing to recycling...
NMP.2012.1.3-2 Modelling toxicity behaviour of engineered nanoparticles CALL CLOSED
The aim is to develop scientifically justified and technically viable methods for modelling human health and environmental effects of engineered nanoparticles, including their long term effects in the body or the environment.The key research challenge...
NMP.2012.1.3-3 Regulatory testing of nanomaterials CALL CLOSED
The fast development of manufactured nanomaterials and their presence on the market make it necessary to evaluate their environmental and health impacts. Significant research is being funded from FP7 resources to address these issues. However, these...
NMP.2013.1.3-1 Safety in nanoscale production and products CALL CLOSED
Ensuring the safety of the production processes involving nanomaterials as well as that of the final product, is a pre-requisite for the commercialisation and societal acceptance of these new technologies.This topic takes a bottom-up and top-down...
NMP.2013.1.3-2 Nanomaterials safety assessment: Ontology, database(s) for modelling and risk assessment CALL CLOSED
The issues surrounding coherence, management and uses of nanomaterials toxicological data is rapidly becoming a roadblock to progress in integrated approaches to risk assessment.A concerted effort is needed to systematically address these issues...
NMP.2013.1.3-3 Development of a systematic framework for naming and assessing safety of the next generations of nanomaterials being developed for industrial applications CALL CLOSED
As part of the Innovation Agenda, concerted efforts are needed to develop a robust, implementable approach to the naming and safety assessment of the next generations of nanomaterials and nanosystems such as hybrid nano-molecular systems, and organic-inorganic...
Nanotechnology-based applications will substantially improve the performance of many products through the unique properties of engineered nanoparticles.

The same properties, however, raise questions and generate concerns with regard to potential health and safety risks.

To support the safe development of nanotechnologies, these risks must be managed through identification of the hazard, knowledge of the potential adverse effects, measurement and control of the exposure.

Risk management should become an integral part of the culture of the organisations involved in the supply chain.

The objective is to support methods, techniques and equipment for occupational exposure assessment and risk reduction and mitigation; and their demonstration.

The environmental fate and end-of-life treatment of products and waste containing nanomaterials are also of prime importance.

For the production and use of passive nanoparticles and for their integration into nanomaterials or products a fair amount of work in the above fields of risk research is currently at hand or in preparation including regulatory testing.

Attention should now shift to breakthrough research for the more challenging issues related to the safety of active nanoparticles and systems.

As a next phase of the regulatory testing, attention should be put on targeting risk reduction and mitigation in industrial environments.

The aim is to develop and demonstrate safe processes reducing or eliminating risk by engineering-out hazards or containing exposure, or other risk reduction solutions.

Two more specific actions aim at providing capacities of crucial nature though not entirely safety related. As data start accumulating on material properties, hazards and exposure, and their relationships, the question of saving, analysing, validating and sharing information for subsequent use in predictive computational models, simulations, rational design of nanomaterials and synthesis control, needs corresponding efforts in the area of ontologies and databases.