EU nanotech network launched

5 million euro EC grant brings together 12 institutes to encourage collaboration

Charles Choi(cqchoi@nasw.org)
Aug 22, 2004

A new European network for life sciences-related nanotechnology, funded by a €5 million grant from the European Commission (EC), is being launched today (August 23).

The network is made up of a consortium of 12 nanotechnology institutes and plans to integrate 192 researchers and staff in the next 4 years. Scientists are meeting at the University of Twente in the Netherlands to establish committees and set up research collaborations, with three research clusters already in motion, for nano-bio interfacing, fabrication of single molecules and nanoclusters, and life science nanotechnology applications.

"The advantage of the network is how it will fight the fragmentation of European research as it is currently carried out," Jan-Willem Weener, program manager of the network, called Frontiers, told The Scientist. "The key word is integration—in research, education, laboratory facilities, and other areas—while at the same time ensuring the knowledge generated in the network eventually...

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