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The European Nanotechnology Community Informatics Platform: Bridging data and disciplinary gaps for industry and regulators (NanoCommons)

The European Nanotechnology Community Informatics Platform: Bridging data and disciplinary gaps for industry and regulators (NanoCommons)

Objective

Nanotechnologies and the resulting novel and emerging materials (NEMs) represent major areas of investment and growth for the European economy. Recent advances have enabled confidence in the understanding of what constitutes toxicity of NEMs in relation to health and environmental hazards. However, the nanotechnology and nanosafety communities remain disparate and unconnected, whilst knowledge and data remain fragmented and inaccessible, such that from a data integrating and mining perspective it is clearly a “starting community”. The field, and indeed the European open knowledge economy, requires conversion of these scientific discoveries into legislative frameworks and industrial applications, which can only be achieved through concerted efforts to integrate, consolidate, annotate and facilitate access to the disparate datasets. NanoCommons brings together academia, industry and regulators to facilitate pooling and harmonising of methods and data for modelling, safe-by-design product development and regulatory approval purposes, thereby driving best practice and ensuring maximum access to data and tools. Networking Activities span community needs assessment through development of demonstration case studies (e.g. exemplar regulatory dossiers). Joint Research Activities will integrate existing resources and organise efficient curation, preservation and facilitate access to data/models. Transnational Access will focus on standardisation of data generation workflows across the disparate communities and establishment of a common access procedure for transnational and/or virtual access to the data, and modelling and risk prediction/management tools developed and integrated. Given the extremely rapid pace of development of nanoinformatics, NanoCommons’s detailed workplan will be prescribed for the first 18 months, beyond which it will be co-developed with stakeholders on a rolling call basis to ensure maximum responsiveness to community needs.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 863 445

Participants (13)

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EDELWEISS CONNECT GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 799 843,75

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 507 116,25

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 488 000

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 474 333,75

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 297 375

BUNDESINSTITUT FUER RISIKOBEWERTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 377 655

BIONANONET FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 404 130

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 292 851,25

NOVAMECHANICS LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

BIOMAX INFORMATICS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 296 500

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 298 750

DUKE UNIVERSITY

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 731032

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 586 000,46

  • EU contribution

    € 5 400 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom