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Germany has a rich and diverse nanotech landscape, with industry players of all sizes catering to the strong demand for nanotechnology both in our domestic markets - especially the automotive, optical, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries - and abroad. We continue to enhance our already strong international reputation for scientific expertise. Moreover, our government puts more funding behind this industry than any other country in Europe and has generous new initiatives aimed at expanding and solidifying our lead. Take a look at our numbers and see what we have to offer. We'll find a place for you - and your parts - too!
Security & Risk Assessment
In cooperation with industry, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) is funding projects to close knowledge gaps and implementing measures to identify and minimize risks. From 2009 to 2013, 20 projects with a total volume of subsidies amounting to EUR 36 million were carried out.
The goal of the NanoCare subsidy program is to systematically conduct further research on the human toxicological effects and interactions of the manufacturing, processing, and application of synthetic nanomaterials.
The goal of the NanoNature subsidy program is to strengthen potential market segments for environmental applications of nanomaterials and to expand exports of materials and technologies relevant to the environment. The program also aims to continue systematically researching the introduction, distribution, location, and effect of synthetic nanomaterials in the environment and to develop customized measurement techniques.
In the context of its priority program, “Biological Responses to Nanoscale Particles,” the German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes projects that focus on interactions between nanoparticles and biological systems.
Since 2011, the QNano research program has been researching the security of nanomaterials; 27 European institutions came together to form this organization.