As reported in our March 16, 2023, blog item, on March 14, 2023, the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) issued a call for study proposals. EUON is looking for studies on:
- Questions related to the health and safety aspects 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 (e.g., the market for specific materials such as graphene or specific market sectors).
According to EUON, the scope of the study can be on nanomaterials in general, a specific nanomaterial, or a defined group of nanomaterials. EUON will assess all proposals, and if selected, they will be carried out through EUON’s existing procurement channels. EUON will post the outcome and study reports on its website. EUON states that it usually conducts two studies each year to address knowledge gaps on nanomaterials. EUON notes that studies are based on desk research and surveys and should not require laboratory research. On April 26, 2023, EUON announced that it has extended the deadline for proposals to May 12, 2023.