Extensive Dutch nano cooperation launched


NanoNed has just been officially launched with the approval of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. NanoNed is a national research program that unites Dutch strengths in the nanosciences and nanotechnology in a single national network. Prof. David Reinhoudt from Twente University /MESA+ is the secretary of NanoNed, and Technology Foundation STW provides the secretariat for this extensive research program.

NanoNed is an initiative by eight centres of excellence and Philips, and covers investments in experimental facilities, scientific research and knowledge dissemination. With this the consortium partners aim to further enhance Dutch expertise within the nanosciences and nanotechnology. Moreover they are jointly seeking to increase the future potential of nanotechnology in the Netherlands as a source of economic growth in a highly productive and sustainable knowledge economy.

The Dutch government has granted the consortium 95 million euros in the form of a Bsik subsidy (Decree on subsidies for investments in the knowledge infrastructure). Together with the funds inherited from its predecessor NanoImpuls and the contributions of the consortium partners this gives the program a total budget of more than 235 million euros. NanoNed will run until the end of 2009.

Consortium partners

MESA+, University of Twente (secretary)

    Prof. David Reinhoudt (chair)

Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology

    Prof. Huub Salemink

CNM, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

    Prof. Bert Koopmans

BioMade/MSC+, University of Groningen

    Prof. George Robillard

IMM, Radboud University Nijmegen

    Prof. Theo Rasing

BioNT, Wageningen University and Research Centre

    Prof. Ernst Sudhölter

Photonics Group, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    Dr Rob Zsom

TNO Science and Industry

    Dr Wart Mandersloot

Philips Electronics Nederland

    Dr Henk van Houten

NanoNed is organised in eleven flagship programs. Several partners are working in each program under the leadership of an independent scientist. The partnership covers about 200 research projects, which over the next 5 years will represent more than 1200 man-years of research. In addition to this a significant proportion of the budget is earmarked for NanoLab NL, a shared research facility with highly-specialised equipment, which all partners and nanotechnology researchers in the Netherlands will be able to use. Finally part of the budget has been reserved for the Technology Assessment program. In this, social scientists will study the future development of nanotechnology and society, the possible impact of nanotechnology on society and how nanotechnologists can take this into account.

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