Assessment of regional funding programmes

NANORA provides you here some information about regional funding schemes in Northwest Europe for nanotechnology and related stakeholders.
The joined Excel file provides an overview on regional support schemes in Northwest Europe (D, UK, NL, BE, F) for nanotechnology stakeholder support. 
It ranges from start-up support, coaching, business development to R&D and innovation support programmes.
The PDF file will summarize you the results of this research of funding schemes for the different regions as well as what we intend to do in the NANORA project in order to help transregional cooperations using these regional tools.

Publication "The Nano dimension in Science Fiction"

Looking at nanotechnology from a different perspective: The publication gives a comprehensive overview on nanotech ideas and visions in Science-Fiction-Literature.
It fosters new ways of thinking that are a necessary precondition for true innovation.

Nano Expertiments to try at home: "nanokits for nanokids"

Nano Expertiments to try at home: The NANORA "nanokits for nanokids" offers a fun way to introduce children to nanotechnology. Nanotechnology plays a crucial role in our everyday life: Whether scratch-resistant paint, self-cleaning window panes, or compatible medical aids, the exciting discoveries of nanotechnology have opened up entirely new opportunities and they offer benefits for nearly all areas of life. The three experiments in this booklet are suitable for children aged four to ten (or older...). They use materials which are available in most households. So start now and see what nanotechnology looks like!

Publication "Starting a company in the nanotechnology sector: development pathways of nano businesses"

Support for Supporters: How to support nano-companies in their start-up phase. Nanotechnology is an enabling technology and its principles and product innovations influence a great number of established industries and address numerous markets. The promotion and support of nano-businesses is therefore a crucial task for many technology transfer offices, start-up support providers etc. This working paper lines out critical success factors of nano business development and develops a "decision matrix" to support especially universities and related technology transfer offices in their work. It lines out different "development pathways". Furthermore it provides an overview on support schemes for nanotechnology start-ups from Northwest Europe.

The NANORA Competence Selection Principles

Competence orientation instead of company orientation: When it comes to finding the right research or business partner, in nanotechnology it is crucial to know about the specific competences a potential partner/company has. Instead of simply looking at the company as a whole NANORA has developed a "competence selection principle" for clustering, selecting, displaying and combining competences of nanotechnology stakeholders in order to really provide orientation in finding a suitable partner. Come and see for yourself how you can use this "competence selection matrix" for your purposes.

How to promote transnational cooperation in NanoTechnology. How to measure success of funding programmes

Acknowledging the need to strengthen industrial collaboration and networking to accelerate nanotechnology innovations, NANORA has developed a set of recommendations to increase and assess collaboration that aims for the commercialisation of new nanotech-enabled technologies, products and services. These recommendations include a number of identified success factors and barriers as well as performance indicators for the design and assessment of nanotechnology R&D support instruments. These were derived from the combination of a survey study and the analysis of in-depth case studies across Europe. The survey, case studies and recommendations are gathered in the NANORA report “How to promote nanotechnology transnational cooperation and measure its success?” and are expected to be of benefit for R&D managers and policy-makers interested in the commercialisation of nanotechnology research.

NANORA Publication "nano for schools"

With our brochure “Nanokits for school”, we would like to introduce school students to a new, revolutionary technology. The six experiments presented in this brochure are suitable for children and adolescents from age ten to fifteen. They employ materials that are found in most school laboratories.
You can find even more experiments for school students at
Have fun!