The Research Programme on Nanoscience (FinNano) placed emphasis on the interdisciplinary approach in nanoscience research. The programme combined nanoscale research in chemistry, physics and biosciences and supported the overall development of the field in Finland. The thematic areas covered themes where support to basic research could generate considerable potential in terms of innovative basic research knowledge, sustainable development and industrial competitiveness. The basis of the programme's projects was scientifically excellent cooperation projects including projects from at least two disciplines, including engineering research.
The objectives were:
- to support high-level basic research on nanoscience as part of the innovation environment;
- to activate interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach in the field;
- to develop research environments and researcher training in the field;
- to create concrete added value for research teams participating in the programme in terms of networking, international visibility and exploitation of research results;
- to advance responsible development of nanotechnology – the research programme will take into account ethical challenges, i.e. safety, health and environment related issues;
- to advance European and other international activity and mobility in the field.
FinNano research programme consisted of 10 Finnish consortium projects that were funded for 2006-2010. In addition, under FinNano umbrella five projects, Finnish-European and Finnish-Russian, were funded in co-operation with international partners. Total volume of the Finnish projects and Finnish partners of these projects was 9.45 million euros.
The Academy's FinNano research programme was carried out in close cooperation with the FinNano technology programme funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. The programmes had joint planning and other activities, such as seminars and information material.
The Academy was also participating in the ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus projects NanoSci-ERA/NanoSci-E+ funded through the EU Research Framework Programmes.
The research programme was coordinated by Anssi Mälkki from the Academy of Finand.