Seven research and communication based work packages (WPs) of NanoFATE were, in turn, grouped into the three main research components of the project. Two separate work packages (WP 8, WP 9) were dedicated to dissemination and project management and administration.

The overall design of the project achieved a consistent flow of data and information to complete an integrated development of tools for assessing the environmental fate of ENPs, their specific toxicological effects and the risks posed. The 9 Project Objectives were mapped onto the WPs, in some cases directly to an individual WP, but in many cases transversally across WPs. With this integration, NanoFATE project results not only provided a template for ENP risk assessment, but also supported technological innovation centered on the eco-responsible design of ENPs and methods for safe ENP disposal/recycling.