ICON - International Council on Nanotechnology


The creation of a sustainable nanotechnology industry requires meaningful and organized relationships among diverse stakeholders. The International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) is the only global organization aimed at providing such interactions for a broad set of members. Managed by Rice University’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, ICON activities promote effective nanotechnology stewardship through risk assessment, research and communication.


 NanoSafety Cluster


The EU NanoSafety Cluster is a DG RTD NMP initiative to maximise the synergies between the existing FP6 and FP7 projects addressing all aspects of nanosafety including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation.




NanoImpactNet is a multidisciplinary European network on the health and environmental impact of nanomaterials. NanoImpactNet will create a scientific basis to ensure the safe and responsible development of engineered nanoparticles and nanotechnology-based materials and products, and will support the definition of regulatory measures and implementation of legislation in Europe.




ICPCNanoNet is a support action funded by the EU under FP7 for four years from 1st June 2008. It brings together partners from the EU, China, India and Russia and aims to provide wider access to published nanoscience research, and opportunities for collaboration between scientists in the EU and International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC). This is being achieved through an open access electronic archive of nanoscience publications (Nano Archive) and tools to facilitate networking between scientists in different world regions.


 Framing Nano


This is a 2-year support action (SA) funded under the Programme 'Capacities', in the area 'Science in Society', within the 7th Framework Program (FP7). The objective of the project is to ensure the responsible development of nanotechnology.


 IWA Nano and Water - Application of Nanoparticles, Nanoengineered Materials and Nanotechnology


This Specialist Group of the International Water Association is dedicated to stimulating research and to providing unbiassed information towards water utilities, policy makers and the general public on fate and stability in the environment, and possible health risks and environmental effects of nanoparticles. [web]




Nanoforum was originally funded by the European Commission through FP5. It is an information and networking platform. The website provides news items from across the EU including information from projects and organizations, covering all fields of nanotechnology. [web]