The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced on March 19, 2021, that it is looking for topic suggestions that could be addressed in its upcoming studies. According to EUON, up to three studies are conducted annually to address knowledge gaps on nanomaterials that are of interest to the general public and the research community. EUON states that it seeks studies that address:
- Questions relating to the health and safety of nanomaterials, including hazard and risk assessment, exposure to nanomaterials, or worker safety and protection;
- Specific issues surrounding the uses of nanomaterials; or
- Information about markets for nanomaterials (g., the market for specific materials, such as graphene, or specific market sectors).
The scope of the study can be on nanomaterials in general, a specific nanomaterial, or a defined group of nanomaterials, and it should be possible to execute the study within three to nine months. The studies should be based on desk research and surveys and should not require laboratory research. Proposals are due April 19, 2021. The EUON secretariat will assess all study proposals. Selected studies will be carried out through the EUON’s existing procurement channels. The outcome and study reports will be made publicly available on the EUON website.