In an interview with Pan-European Networks, published on the Horizon 2020 Projects platform, NIA highlights the pivotal role Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can play within the upcoming Horizon 2020 framework. This will succeed the EU’s current 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7) for the period 2014-2020 and will offer increased support to nanotechnology as a key enabling technology.
According to Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of NIA, "PPPs work a lot better [than current FP7 projects] because they actually demand an identification of mutual interest in running a project rather than having one source of money and the rest of the project beneficiaries monitoring how the funding is spent." NIA, which represents a diverse membership of large and small companies interested in the utilisation of nanotechnologies across industrial sectors, develops numerous PPPs that feed into on-going international programmes in areas such as nanotechnology safety.
Dr Friedrichs, elaborating upon NIA’s approach, highlights the importance of "transparent PPPs that benefit both industry and policy makers and that also involve stakeholders such as environmental NGOs and consumer groups." Adding to that, whilst added support for PPPs in Horizon 2020 are an improvement to FP7, Dr Friedrichs further reiterates the continuing need to have project funding "better focused towards deliverables rather than admin and dissemination."
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