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Strategy & policies

The Science, Technology, and Innovation Plan launched by the Basque Government for the period 2001-2004 included nanotechnology as an strategic research area, due to its potential for having a major impact on the competitiveness of Basque companies. As a result, nanoscience research was promoted by the Basque Government.

Since its creation in 2006, nanoGUNE's research activity focuses not only on carrying out excellent research, but also on the transfer of knowledge and technology to its industrial environment.

The main objectives of nanoGUNE are the following:

  • To lead, support and coordinate research in nanoscience and nanotechnology in the Basque Country.
  • To promote technology transfer and the development of a nanotechnology-based Industry.
  • To support new academia curricula and high-level training of researchers in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
  • To foster networking and the creation of alliances with institutions and regions all over the world.
  • To strengthen the social use of research and the public understanding of science, including science and society issues.

The current Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2020 defines the activities to be performed in terms of research, technology transfer, and outreach, as well as the resources that will be needed to achieve specific challenges.

NanoGUNE has also developed an Innovation Management System based on the standard UNE 166002:2014 (see certificate). The objective of the System is to optimise and make more efficient all the processes linked with its Research & Development & innovation activity. In this framework, nanoGUNE has developed a Management Policy, as well as several processes and procedures. Moreover, nanoGUNE has identified it's mission, vision, and core values

NanoGUNE is also implementing a 'strengthened' Human Resources Strategy for Researchers that will comply with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers (ECRCC). In the framework of this process, nanoGUNE has identified various strengths and weaknesses (see the Internal Gap Analysis) and has developed an Action Plan in order to develop pertinent actions to improve on the most relevant issues.  

Other Strategies and Policies are also taken into account by nanoGUNE's Governing Board with the aim of placing the Basque Country at the forefront of nanoscience research.

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