Nanotechnologies, which is science and technology at the nanoscale of atoms and molecules, will help address key societal challenges such as climate change, reducing carbon emission, developing renewable energies, more efficient use of resources and addressing medical needs of an ageing population.
Picture : Courtesy : Mateja Podlogar, Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia

The Horizon 2020 programme aims to bridge the gap between nanotechnology research and markets, and to realise the potential contribution to sustainable growth, competitiveness, environment, highly skilled jobs and increased quality of life. 
A number of barriers need to be addressed, in order to leverage large scale market introduction of innovative, safe and sustainable nano-enabled products.

Horizon 2020 activities addressing this challenge will therefore implement the next steps towards the deployment and market introduction of lightweight, multifunctional, economical and environmentally friendly nano-enabled products for different applications, by scaling up laboratory experience to industrial scale and by demonstrating the viability of a variety of manufacturing technologies.

In order to ensure the safe development and application of nanotechnologies, Horizon 2020 aims to advance scientific knowledge of the potential impact of nanotechnologies on health or on the environment, and to provide tools for risk assessment and management along the entire life cycle.

Expected impact:

  • Supporting European competitiveness through accelerated market uptake of nano-enabled products
  • Improvement in existing manufacturing processes and industrial productivity
  • Contribution to improved technical knowledge
  • Promoting safe-by-design approaches and contributing towards the framework of EU nanosafety and regulatory strategies (including standardisation)
  • Providing significant long term societal benefits in terms of improved health care and improved quality of life

Wherever relevant, key principles to encourage a responsible approach to research and innovation are included in the work programme. Particular attention will be given to societal engagement and the respect of ethical and safety principles.