The federal government has adopted 12 January 2011 a new action plan for nanotechnology in 2015 (Aktionsplan Nanotechnologien 2015). The directives contained in it, but that are specified budgets associated with them, serve as a general framework to ensure development and use of sustainable and secure economic potential of nanotechnology undeniable. This action plan is a governmental response to the square face increasingly high share of nanotechnology in everyday life.
The action plan is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and is fully in line with the High-Tech Strategy, the program of strategic coordination of scientific and technological research in Germany. The plan concerns and priority areas identified in this strategy which are related to nanotechnology: energy / climate, health and nutrition, mobility, security and communication.
The action plan focuses on six points:
- Supporting research and technology transfer in the areas mentioned above;
- To ensure competitiveness, in particular by supporting SMEs and support business creation;
- Evaluate the risks of nanotechnology on human health and the environment – through research and activities in terms of environmental protection, consumer and safety in the workplace;
- Improving the framework conditions: adaptation of legislation, standardization and standardization, qualification of employees and succession;
- Increase communication and dialogue with civil society;
- Strengthen the vantage point of Germany in the field of nanotechnology through international cooperation.
Schavan, Federal Minister for Education and Research, summed up these commitments with the following words: “Nanotechnology has the potential to provide significant technological solutions to major societal challenges embodied in the High-Tech Strategy. The health, environmental protection and climate, sustainability of energy supply, mobility, ecological and sustainable agriculture are fundamental points. On the other hand, the environment and health should not be put in danger is why we pay all our attention on the hazards research “.
In 2010, the federal government has funded nanotechnology to 400 million euros, through financing projects on the one hand and the institutional support of research institutions on the other. This represents a 50% increase over 2006. At the same time, federal spending for research projects related to risk and scientific expertise have increased 70% to $ 14 million.
- Kabinett beschließt den Aktionsplan Nanotechnology 2015 “press release of the BMBF, 12/01/2011 – http://www.bmbf.de/press/3030.php