NANOfutures CSA aims (1) to identify and optimize synergies between European and National Platforms, research programmes, JTI, ERA-NETs and other CSAs and research projects related to nanotechnology, in order to reduce the fragmentation of the European nanotechnology and coordinate future strategies. (2) to identify key strategic nanotechnology nodes addressing issues of cross-sectorial and nano-specific relevance for the innovation and rapid uptake of nanotechnologies in order to increase EU competitiveness . (3) to construct and disseminate an integrated Industrial and Research Roadmap for European Nanotechnology. The Roadmap will address European key nodes in terms of cross-sectorial research, technology and innovation issues as well as broad socio-economic challenges to the implementation and commercialisation of sustainable and safe nanotechnology enabled solutions. This target will be achieved in the framework of the NANOfutures Initiative, a cross-ETP, integrating platform that brings together all relevant stakeholder groupings involved in nanotechnology. Project partnership is composed of D’Appolonia, in charge of the coordination, PRODINTEC and NANOfutures Association, which groups together relevant stakeholders. 11 European Technology Platforms have signed a memorandum in support of the initiative, and many industries, including several SMEs, are actively involved in the project activities, including the networking and dissemination tasks. NANOfutures Steering Committee is formed by the representatives of the supporting 11 ETPs plus 10 nanotechnology experts chairing NANOfutures CSA working groups. The CSAs ProNano, NanoCom, ObservatoryNANO and Nano2Market have undertaken to collaborate with NANOfutures in order to increase the effectiveness of the action. This networking activity will secure added value by providing the necessary multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial community able to create a common vision of future European nanotechnology.
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