Summary: Data is based on EPSRC's current portfolio in January 2009Version 1
Research, societal and economic impact
Nanoscience is a rapidly maturing field with the potential to revolutionise society.
Harnessing the possibilities it creates could lead to environmental, healthcare and energy
benefits, and major advances in the life sciences, materials, optics and computing.
Working in partnership, the nanoscience through engineering to application programme is
building on previous research and investment to bring together the various elements in a
coherent, directed way to aid the acceleration on basic research through to application.
Through membership of cross-governmental groups such as the Nanotechnology Research Coordination Group
(NRCG) and Nanotechnology Issues Dialogue Group (NIDG) the programme actively contributes to debate over the
environmental, health, safety and public acceptability aspects of nanoscience and technology.
This area benefits from a number of international collaborative schemes for instance
the Materials World Network call with the US NSF (National Science Foundation), the
Environmental Nanoscience Initiative (ENI phase I and II) joint with NERC and the US
Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Strategic Japanese-UK Cooperative
Program on Oxide electronics, organic electronics and spintronics. There's a feeling that
researchers in this area are already well engaged with counterparts in Europe and