The EU has always recognised the strategic role of research, because new knowledge and technology drives economic growth and industrial competitiveness. Nanotechnology is a scientific priority under the Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The new programme covers nanotechnologies, intelligent materials and new production processes, and is included under the new IST programme (as nanoelectronics).
The objectives of such research include:
broadening the knowledge-base in Europe;
creating an RTD-intensive European industry; and
increasing the uptake by industry of state-of-the-art techniques.