4.  Funding sources

The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers ( EAHC) awarded a grant through the second programme of community action in the field of health (2008-2010) for a Joint Action on the “safety of nanomaterials”. The total budget for the NANOGENOTOX JA is estimated at 6,237 million euros. On the basis of the shared cost, the Executive Agency contributes to a maximum of 2,890 million euros (46%) while partners and ministries of the participating Members States provide the rest. The financial contribution from partners to the Joint Action is given through staff costs and use of equipment (2,47 million euros). Some ministries participate through direct contribution: 100,000 euros from the Federal Ministry for the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety (Germany), 564,000 euros from the French Ministry of Health and Sports (Directorate General for Health, France), 60,000 euros from Ministry of housing, spatial planning, and the environment (The Netherlands) and 150,000 euros from the Federal public service for health, food chain safety and the environment (Belgium).