ERA-NET EuroNanoMed Allocates Millions to European Transnational Research Projects in Nanomedicine
EuroNanoMed, a European funding initiative under the ERA-Net scheme of the European Commission ai- med at advancing transnational research in Nanome- dicine, will be funded following its 2nd joint trans- national call for collaborative research projects. Eight projects, involving 46 partners from 10 countries will be funded with EUR8 million provided by EuroNa- noMed partners. The research projects were chosen from 33 applications involving 178 applicant groups from 19 EU member and associated states/regions.
The 2nd joint transnational call for proposals was launched by ERA-Net EuroNanoMed in March 2010 to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary re- search in Nanomedicine. The call focused on the three main subfields of Nanomedicine: diagnostics, targeted delivery systems and regenerative medicine. The applications were reviewed by external referees, taking into account the scientific, technical, clinical and commercial merit of the projects, followed by evaluation of an international peer review panel. The 8 funded projects encompass all three subfields of Nanomedicine covering diverse medical issues such as cancer, inflammatory diseases, bone regeneration, muscular dystrophy, immunology and vaccines.
Dr. Virginie Sivan, Coordinator and Chair of the Executive Board of ERA-Net EuroNanoMed said, „Nanomedicine is the medicine of the future. It has the potential of revolutionizing every aspect of health care, including diagnostics, imaging, drug delivery and sophisticated therapies. As evident by the excel-
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lent projects selected by ERA-Net EuroNanoMed, Eu- rope is a central player in biological nano-research. I am convinced that the quality and diversity of the selected projects will help advance Nanomedicine research. The EuroNanoMed partners hope to get the support of the European Commission to be able to continue the successful work in the next years.“
Following the first two successful Calls in 2009 and 2010, EuroNanoMed will launch a 3rd Joint Trans- national Call for innovative research projects in Nanomedicine in January 2011.
New Catalysts Put Nanotechnology in a Spin
Hierarchically organised metal organic catalysts are being developed by the HICAT project, which can be recycled during industrial processes without losing their high selectivity, activity and stability. A bottom- up approach is used to create the catalysts from components at the nano-scale. The aim is to link catalysts consisting of metal complexes with nano- particles, which include microgels, hyperbranched polymers and a hybrid comprising polymers and silicon based silsesquioxanes (POSS).
Additional hierarchical organisation of catalysts can be achieved using interconnected frameworks formed from assemblies of catalytic nanoparticles. Specialised polymers act as a binding agent by in- teracting with the surface of the nanoparticle. Re- searchers investigated the recycling capability of the catalyst-nanoparticle structures by studying the effect