nanoMILE
 
 
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ENGINEERED NANOMATERIALS MECHANISMS OF INTERACTION WITH LIVING SYSTEMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A UNIVERSAL FRAMEWORK FOR SAFE NANOTECHNOLOGY
Acronym: nanoMILE
Start date: March 1, 2013
End date: February 28, 2017
Total project value: approx. 12.9M€
Project coordinator: THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Total number of partners: 29
Contact person (name/email): Olivier Salvi
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: www.nanoMILE.eu
Description: The call:
Nanotechnology is a rapidly evolving enabling technology with the potential to revolutionise modern life. On the nanoscale, common materials can take on entirely new chemical, physical and biological properties. These properties open up new possibilities for exploitation and commercial enterprise; however, an increasing body of scientific evidence would suggest that some materials in their nano form may induce harmful biological or environmental effects through a variety of potential mechanisms, not all of which are fully understood or quantified. Such questions are addressed by the rapidly expanding field of “nanosafety” and call “NMP.2012.1.3-1: Systematic investigations of the mechanisms and effects of engineered nanomaterial interactions with living systems and/or the environment” considers the research needs that have recently emerged in this arena. Indeed, although significant research efforts have been made to make the risk assessment of nanotechnology possible, we are still lacking a mechanistic and systematic understanding of the parameters that govern the toxicity of nano-sized objects and thus we remain unable to ensure the protection of health and the sustainable development of nanotechnology.
EU-VRi Specific Role: The main objective of this EU-VRi is to operate dedicated communication channels with other projects and the main stakeholders to make sure that the results of NanoMILE will be used and implemented as soon as they are available.