NFFA-Europe is a European open-access distributed infrastructure for experimental and theoretical nanoscience that allows selected users to carry out comprehensive projects for multidisciplinary research at the nanoscale. The offer ranges from synthesis, growth and nano-lithography to nano-characterization, theory and numerical simulation, with the possibility to perform fine-analysis with Synchrotron, FEL and Neutron radiation. All facilities are integrated into a multi-site combination, enabling European and international researchers from diverse disciplines to carry out advanced proposals impacting on science and innovation. Internationally peer-reviewed approved user projects have access to the best-suited instruments, competences and technical support for performing their research. Transnational access to NFFA-Europe facilities, offered free of charge to European users, is coordinated via a single-entry point portal that activates an advanced user-infrastructure dialogue to build up a personalized access programme. In parallel to the transnational access activities, NFFA-Europe’s own research addresses key bottlenecks of nanoscience research with an open eye on nanosafety issues that are becoming of uttermost importance in the European scenario. To tackle this issue, NFFA-Europe has recently collected practices with regard to nanosafety within the partners’ institutions, as the project will be soon committed in developing strategies to prevent users from being in contact with potential hazards deriving from nanomaterials. Finally, NFFA-Europe aims at enlarging its users’ community towards the nanosafety field, offering specific technical capabilities.
1 September 2015 – 28 February 2021