Nanotechnology Project


First Inventory of Government Supported Research on Environmental, Health, and Safety Impacts of Nanotechnology

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

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To date, relatively few studies have addressed the effects of nanomaterials on human health and the environment, and the existing research raises some concerns about their safety. Consequently, there is a clear need to improve understanding regarding the size and focus of government research investments, with a view toward developing a roadmap for risk-related nanotechnology research in the future.

This inventory will offer policymakers, researchers, corporations, and others their first opportunity to better assess publicly funded research. It aims to facilitate greater public and private-sector research partnerships, and to foster international research collaborations in the vital areas of nanotoxicology and environmental effects. This initiative is intended to be both international and expanding. While this first generation iteration consists largely of U.S. government-supported research and is incomplete, it does include data from other countries. This session will include a presentation on the summary data, a demonstration of the database’s scope and searchability.