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Call for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of information technologies


Introduction
Legal preamble

Organisations eligible to participate in the programme are invited to submit proposals for the tasks and themes covered by those parts of the 1998 Work Programme that are specified in this call. Detailed information about procedures, eligibility , submission of proposals, the contract established with successful proposers, the 1998 Work Programme , and other material is given in the 1997 Information Package . This information package (dated September 1997) supersedes all previous versions and is valid for this call.

All correspondence concerning this call for proposals should be sent to:

European Commission
Directorate-General III - Industry
Esprit Information Desk
Rue de la Loi 200 Wetstraat
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

E-mailed to (E-mail removed) .


Focus of this call for proposals

The programme regularly publishes calls for proposals. This is the eleventh call to be published since the current programme started.

In this call, anticipated to be Esprit's last under the current Framework Programme, the domain-specific areas and tasks being called are given below. Each area or task (identified by a task number) relates specifically to the Esprit 1998 Work Programme. All proposals will be evaluated in one step.

1. Software Technologies (ST)

Proposals for the specific statistical applications task are invited to address and exploit advances in statistical methodology, computer systems and prototype software. There are two areas of specific interest:

  1. Development of automatic methods for the best seasonal adjustment of aggregated and component series. These methods should assist in the model selection for series with possible changing patterns. The classical decomposition of series by separating trend from cycle should also feature. The criteria for the methods should be based on assessment studies and can rely on theory, simulation or testing on real socio-economic series.

  2. Development of a homogenous interactive environment employing visualisation techniques as an accessing and interactive tool for statisticians. The current "state of the art" should be thoroughly recognised. A system architecture should be conceived so that extra modules can be incorporated in a cost-effective way.

Further details are given in the specific information document Statistical Methodology and Information Systems .

2. Technologies for Components and Subsystems (TCS)

6. High-Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN)

8. Integration in Manufacturing (IiM)


Deadline and delivery address

Proposals must be sent to the Commission before 16 June 1998 at 5 p.m. (Brussels local time) , as confirmed by the postmark or courier service, or be delivered by hand to the same address or to one of the offices of the Commission within the Community by the same deadline, as confirmed by the acknowledgement of receipt. Proposals that have met this deadline will be formally established on a list at 5 p.m. (Brussels local time) on 30 June 1998. Proposals not on this list will not be deemed eligible for evaluation.

The Commission address for sending proposals to is:

IT Programme Office
Boulevard de Souverain, 191-197
B-1160 Brussels
Belgium

Further details are given in the Information Package .


Budgetary allocation

The indicative budget allocation for this call in terms of millions of ECUs of Community contribution, broken down by domain, is as follows:


Call for expressions of interest to participate in an
EU-US "SME partnership event"

Upon the invitation of the State of Texas, and in the context of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and of the Transatlantic Small Business Initiative , the State of Texas Department of Economic Development (formerly Department of Commerce), the US Federal Department of Commerce and the European Commission will hold a partnership event between EU- and US-based companies (chiefly small or medium-sized enterprises—SMEs) in Fort Worth , Texas, USA, on 14-16April1999.

The event is to promote cooperation between US and EU SMEs in the areas of electronic commerce and multimedia technologies . About 200 SMEs from the EU will be selected to participate. Selected participants are eligible to receive logistics support towards organising meetings at the event, as well as coaching on results and product presentation, and on marketing in the US.

Requests for additional information should be sent to:

(E-mail removed)
European Commission
Directorate-General III - Industry
Esprit Programme (F6, N105 5/8)
Rue de la Loi 200 Wetstraat
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

Expressions of interest should be sent to this address not later than 16 June 1998.


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