German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)Industrially produced nanoparticles offer potential for a wide range of products. Further research regarding the impacts of nanoparticles on people and the environment is needed. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding projects together with industry to close knowledge gaps and to initiate measures to identify and minimise risks.


The Federal Government's Action Plan Nanotechnology 2015 provided an integrated concept for using nanotechnology without endangering people or the environment. The third Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020 was decided in autumn 2016 by the Federal Cabinet. The action plan is linked to the 2015 Action Plan and the Nano Initiative - Action Plan 2010.The aim of the action plan is to produce and use nanomaterials safely and in an environmentally compatible manner. At the same time, the international competitiveness of German research and German manufacturers shall be strengthened.


Due to the research policy of the EU and the BMBF, not only research in the nanosciences has reached a top position internationally. Companies oriented to nanotechnology products also have clearly increased in number and improved their reputation. The USA and Europe have roughly the same number of nanotechnology-related companies. About half of the nanotech firms in Europe are German firms. Germany is therefore the number one in Europe in the field of nanotechnology.


A consistent funding policy has made an important contribution to this. With about 440 million euro in public funds, Germany is the number one in Europe. The BMBF has funded nanotechnology projects since the beginning of the 1990s. Since 1998, funds made available for nanotechnology within the framework of BMBF project funding have increased by a factor of four. Competence centres were established simultaneously as supporting infrastructure.





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