Our understanding of the environmental and health risks from nanotechnologies is still limited, which may result in stagnation of innovation and economic growth. Nano-enabled products that show ecological or health effects after their market introduction can cause significant costs for society and the enterprises in the form of over-balancing regulations and demolished consumer confidence.
The Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN) project is based on the idea that the current knowledge on environmental and health risks of nanomaterials – while limited – can nevertheless guide nanomanufacturing to avoid liabilities if an integrated approach addressing the complete product lifecycle is applied.
SUN was launched on 1 October 2013 and continued for 42 months, bringing together 35 partners from 12 EU countries. With a total budget of about 14 million EUR, SUN is among the highest funded projects of the EU FP7 research programme.