October 24, 2004

nanoClusters

While one type of nanocluster has been developed in New Zealand, for the self-assembly of nanowires, Austria has a different type of nanocluster.

Europe is developing a diverse mix of approaches to the commercialisation of nanotechnology. While the funding from the European Commission grabs the headlines, it is worth noting that the individual European countries outspend Brussels by a factor of two to one.

One new approach was announced last week, with the announcement of the first eleven million Euros to be disbursed for Austria's nanoclusters initiative. The aim is relatively simple, bring together companies ands research institutes to pool competence and make the breakthroughs needed to translate nanoscience to nanotechnology. While this has long since been addressed via the European Commissionís Framework 6 program, the depth of cooperation can be far deeper in clusters where the members are no more than a few hours apart ( as an example, getting from Lisbon or Madrid to Stockholm or Helsinki and easily take an entire day, comparable to coast to coast in the US).

The combination of local and Europe wide programs offers an enticing mix of funding possibilities for researchers and companies alike. Managing the interaction between local and European programs is something that much of the continent is learning to do, not just in nanotechnology, but in wider fields such as health and safety, corporate governance and competition.

Posted by Cientifica at October 24, 2004 09:27 AM | TrackBack
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