At the end of 2019, the vision for Nanotechnology into the future was presented by the nanotechnology ecosystem consisting of NanoNextNl, MinacNed and NanoLabNl. During the COVID-19 pandemic, an English-language update was published containing the contribution that nanotechnology is making to the solutions to the Corona crisis. Enclosed you will find this update 2020. With this Nano4Society forms a solid basis. Now is the time to take the next step towards the future of collaboration and making this vision concrete. Download the NanoVision 2030 (in PDF)

The nanotechnology roadmap is now being updated with input from industrial and scientific partners. MinacNed, NanoNextNL and NanoLabNL are working together on this and will take your input with them to develop the nanotechnology roadmap in an update that will be presented at the end of October.

Key technology

Nanotechnology is not a stand alone technology, but contributes to solutions for technical and societal issues. This makes nanotechnology as a key technology very important for other technological developments within the societal themes. As a key technology, there is in many cases overlap in the technology domain with other roadmaps. We ask you to name the nanotechnology therein in order to be able to clarify the interaction between the various roadmaps. Nanotechnology is often an enabling part of the solution and will be more “inside” the solution.

The project team for the roadmap will meet this week to identify where nanotechnology can contribute. In October, the project team will present the roadmap update, and we need your input for that now. We now ask you:

Where does nanotechnology contribute as a key technology to the solutions in your sector or more specifically in your company?

We will send you a questionnaire that will ask for input from your company or institution. This information will be treated confidentially and processed in such a way that it cannot be traced back to your authority. The information is important in order to be able to clarify the impact of investments in key enabling technology nanotechnology on the quality of life (societal challenges) and the economy (earning capacity).

Send your own answer to this question to and contribute directly to the future of nanotechnology. Your input is of great value to provide a clear picture of where the sector is now and where we can grow, collaborate and excel in the future.

The deadline for input is September 28, 2020. Send your input to Ronny van ‘t Oever, chair of the roadmap Nanotechnology at

This vision (nanovision 2030) is a multi-year plan for the knowledge and innovation agenda around the key enabling technology, nanotechnology. The foundation is the selective continuation of thenational FES programme NanoNextNL, supplemented by the input of a wide range of stakeholders. The initiators are the NanoNextNl and MinacNed foundations, an industry organisation within FHI. This encompasses the entire chain secured, from science – spinoff – startup –SME’s – large companies – end user.

Nanovision 2030 is a clear indicator of the position and application that nanotechnology occupies as a key enabling technology for solving societal challenges. This aligns with the four themes the Netherlands has chosen, health and healthcare, energy and sustainability, agriculture, water, and food, and security, and in line with the European Green deal. The programme outlined here, Nano4society, can make vital contributions to these mission-driven innovations. It combines excellent technology development with a dedicated governance system to safeguard that its outcomes will contribute to solving societal issues.

As illustration of the dynamics and flexibility/agility of the nanotech community, a special section on nano-solutions for the “Coronachallenge” is added.
Text by Prof. dr. ir. Albert van den Berg (UT) CHAIR

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Download the NanoVision 2030 (English version), includes COVID-19 research themes (PDF)


On December 16, 2019 the manifest was presented to Marc Hendrikse, ‘boegbeeld’ High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM), by Dave Blank, Albert van den Berg and Ronny van ‘t Oever. Read the full article in Dutch here.