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Programme description

Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (NANO2021) is the Research Council of Norway’s large-scale programme for research on nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials, and will run from 2012 to 2021. The NANO2021 programme is a key instrument for following up the Norwegian Government’s national R&D strategy for nanotechnology covering that same period. The NANO2021 programme follows in the footsteps of the Programme on Nanotechnology and New Materials (NANOMAT), which was concluded in 2011. The NANO2021 programme is designed to bring the national knowledge base in nanotechnology and advanced materials to an even higher international level. New, sustainable technological solutions are needed to meet critical societal challenges and provide a basis for industrial innovation.

Background and further details
The Research Council’s previous large-scale programme on nanotechnology and functional materials, the NANOMAT programme, ran for 10 years and was concluded at the end of 2011. In the wake of a broad-based strategic planning process (2010–2011), the NANO2021 programme was launched as a 10-year, large-scale programme for the 2012–2021 period.

The large-scale programmes are an important instrument for realising national research policy priorities, and are designed to build knowledge in a long-term perspective in order to encourage innovation, enhance value creation and help to solve prioritised societal challenges.

The NANO2021 programme is the Research Council’s strategic research initiative in the field of nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials. The programme plays a key role in achieving the goals set out in the government white paper on research , Long-term perspectives – knowledge provides opportunity, and for following up the Norwegian Government’s national R&D strategy for nanotechnology (2012–2021), which identifies three priority areas for publicly-funded R&D activities: basic knowledge development, innovation and commercialisation, and responsible technological development. The programme budget is NOK 112 million for 2013. The programme receives its allocations from the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The NANO2021 programme promotes concentrated, integrated research activities to help to achieve a long-term, sustained research effort in the technology area while further enhancing the expertise, quality and capacity obtained in recent years. New knowledge and solutions that would otherwise be difficult to realise will be developed by bringing together long-term basic research, applied research and innovation across R&D actors, interest groups, disciplines and subject areas.

The programme uses a wide array of the Research Council’s application types and strategic measures to promote:

• development of basic knowledge relating to priority areas such as energy, the environment, climate impacts, health and medical technology, and use of natural resources. Activities under this pillar of the programme will create a national competency base for solving current and future societal challenges and lay the foundation for tomorrow’s knowledge-based industry.

• development and use of technology through innovation and industry-oriented research activities relating to priority areas such as energy, the environment, climate impacts, health and medical technology, and natural resources. Activities under this pillar of the programme are targeted towards tackling current societal challenges and creating new industrial activity in new and existing industries.

• socially responsible technology development: both the development of basic knowledge and the development and use of technology entail ensuring that knowledge and insight are utilised to the benefit of society and the community at large. In all projects, importance will be attached to generating a better understanding of the different impacts of nanomaterials on human health and the ecosystem, and to addressing broad-based ethical and social issues relating to the development, production and application of the technologies, when this is relevant. Activities under this pillar of the programme will provide the knowledge platform needed for responsible, sustainable technology development as well as input for legislation in and regulation of the technology area.
 

Published:
26.09.2013