Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk is a new report by Dr. Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, which proposes for the first time a comprehensive framework for systematically exploring nanotechnology's possible risks. The report moves beyond a general call for more nanotechnology risk research to recommend how this research should be prioritized and implemented -- who should do what, when, and how.
The report argues for a top-down strategic research framework within the U.S. federal government. It recommends a shift in leadership and funding to federal agencies with a clear mandate for oversight and for EHS research, and proposes a major increase in U.S. government spending over the next two years on highly relevant, targeted risk-based research to address critical research needs.
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