Activities & Projects

Innovation, Economics & S&T Policy

Activities and Projects in Innovation, Economics and S&T Policy address NIA's Mission Statement: at the heart of this lies the NIA's participation in the OECD Working Party on Manufacture Nanomaterials (OECD WPMN) and the OECD Working Party on Nanomaterials (OECD WPN) as a lead-representative of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC).

The wide variety of work conducted in collaboration with the OECD is supported by NIA's own Activities and Projects, such as its investigation into the so-called 'NanoGap' (The Role of Nanotechnologies in the Divide between the developing and the developed World), and its study of Economic Indicators and Statistics for nanotechnologies, and aligns the work programme with other projects that support the identification, forecasting and roadmapping of unique areas of competitive advantage using nanotechnologies (e.g. ValueNano (Methodology for estimating, in monetary Terms, the Benefits of Nanotechnology) and Nano2Market (Best Practices for IPR and Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology Developments)).  

Practical application of analyses and studies is demonstrated in project such as NanoHex (Transforming the Future of Heat Management), which leverages NIA's in-depth experience in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and thus secures the innovation and commercialisation of safe and responsible nanotechnologies through NIA's 'midstream' engagement in the nanotechnology 'innovation value chain'.

NIA's Activties and Projects furthermore take the lead in supporting the wider employability and job skills of future nanotechnologists through projects like INGENIOUS(Public Communication & Applied Ethics of Nanotechnology)NanoEIS (Nanotechnology Education for Industry and Society), and NanoDIODE (Developing innovative Outreach and Dialogue on responsible Nanotechnologies in EU Civil Society).


The Nano2Market project developed guidelines for technology transfer, rules for IPR and license agreements and license models in nanotechnology development projects.

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The world's largest collaborative project for the research and development of nanofluid coolants, NanoHex comprised of a consortium of 12 leading European companies and research centres,  funded by a €8.3 million Seventh Framework Programme grant, together with investment from the consortium themselves.

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