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On 6 April 2005, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU programme for Research. The 7th Framework Programme for research (FP7), the EU's instrument for funding scientific research and technological development over the period 2007 to 2013, is one of the most important elements for the implementation of the Lisbon agenda for growth and competitiveness. The programme places greater emphasis than in the past on research that is better suited to the needs of European industry to help it compete internationally.
The European Commission is a leading international player in nanotechnology, both in terms of policy making and research funds. The Commission has now confirmed itself as the first individual funding agency at world level.
FP7 also strives for the enhancement of Europe¿s competitiveness via an effective integration of nanotechnology, materials sciences and new production methods in view of achieving and maximising their impact on industrial transformation towards a more knowledge and less resource-based industry. At the same time, it supports sustainable production and consumption, meeting environmental, health and other societal expectations. FP7 is doubling the funds for nanotechnologies and at expanding research activities.
In order to help in shaping the future activities in these areas within FP7, an informal collection of inputs on (eco) toxicology was launched. The goal was to stimulate the debate among stakeholders and researchers. The data gathered provide information valuable to set priorities for research on health and safety aspects of nanotechnology-based products and will be taken into consideration when undertaking actions in this regard.
The present information is based on the analysis of the replies received; they are not to be deemed complete and they do not engage in any way the European Commission. I thank my colleagues Pilar Aguar and Artur Marczewski for the energy and attention they have dedicated to this compilation.

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