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The Finnish National Nanotechnology Program

R. Saarelainen(a) B. Salmelin(a), O. Knuuttila(b), and J. Kivikoski(b)

(a)Finland Technology Center
Consulate General of Finland
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1025
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(b)Tekes, PO Box 69
FIN-00101 Helsinki, Finland
This is an abstract for a poster to be presented at the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology. There will be a link from here to the full article when it is available on the web.
In Finland nanotechnology has already some emerging industrial applications such as sensors and actuators. To further boost this development, an ambitious nanotechnology program was launched in early 1997 jointly by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Technology Development Center, Tekes.

The Finnish National Nanotechnology Program coordinates and funds Finnish research in nanotechnology targeting extensive industrial applications. The program promotes strong international collaboration, which is of extreme importance. Thus multilateral cooperation in the projects is encouraged.

Various academic and industrial research groups in Finland carry out the research activities. The program covers nanobiology, self organized structures, functional nanoparticles, nanoelectronics, and biomaterials for information technology. Tekes and the Academy of Finland will fund the main part of the program together with universities, research centers, and the industry. The first program phase will last three years, involving 16 projects and having a volume of $ 9 million.

Tekes ( is the industrial R&D coordinating and funding agency in Finland. Its funding covers about 10% of the whole R&D input in Finland, ranging from long-term research activities in universities to research and development projects in industry. Tekes also coordinates Finnish activities in the European Union research programs.

The Academy of Finland ( promotes advanced scientific research, international research cooperation, and serves as an expert body in science policy questions.

During 1997 Tekes conducts a survey on research and industrial activities in nanotechnology in the USA. The goal is to deepen the contacts between the US and Finnish research and industry in the field of nanotechnology.

*Corresponding Address:
Finland Technology Center, Consulate General of Finland, 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1025, Los Angeles, CA 90067, ph:(310-203-9903, fax: 310-203-8716, submitted by: Jouni Lounasmaa, email:
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