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Structure and content

The Programme is structured in three main interconnected elements:

A) A set of four key actions, helping to develop critical technologies, concepts and policies to solve clearly identified problems. The four Key Actions are:

Key Action 1- Innovative products, processes and organisation: medium-term goals to which this Key Action should contribute significantly include: (a) modernisation of industry and adaptation to change; (b) substantially improve overall quality; (c) minimise resource consumption.

Key Action 2 - Sustainable mobility and intermodality: the three RTD priorities of this Key Action, which contribute to achieving the policy goal of sustainable mobility, reflect the three main components of a modern integrated transport system: (a) a regulatory and accountable framework reflecting socio-economic objectives; (b) an interoperable infrastructure which allows the operation of attractive, environmentally friendly and efficient transport means; (c) modal and intermodal systems for managing operations and providing services.

Key Action 3 - Land transport and marine technologies: the research efforts will be considered and organised around (a) the development of critical technologies and (b) their integration and validation around advanced industrial concepts in order to attain the following main deliverables: (i) improved fuel efficiency and reduction of emissions ; (ii) improved performance and (iii) improved system competitiveness.

Key Action 4 - New perspectives in aeronautics: the aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of the European aeronautical industry, while ensuring sustainable growth of air transportation with regard to environmental and safety issues. RTD efforts will be centred around two strands of work: (a) development of critical technologies, and (b) technologies integration and validation, with the technical objectives of (i) reducing aircraft procurement costs, (ii) improving their efficiency and performance, (iii) reducing their impacts related to noise and climate, and (iv) improving their operational capability.

B) Research and technological development activities of a generic nature , with potential multi-sectoral applications, helping to develop the scientific and technological base in a limited number of critical areas. These encompass:

  • new materials and their production and transformation (including steel): the main specific objectives are to: (a) support advanced materials applications needed for improved quality of life; (b) develop sustainable materials production and transformation technologies; (c) improve safety and reliability; (d) promote the efficient use and reuse of materials.

  • measurements and testing: the three socio-economic objectives are: (a) technical support to standardisation and Community policies; (b) the fight against fraud; (c) improvement of quality.

C) Support for research infrastructures. This action will stimulate infrastructure operators to co-operate and pool resources among themselves, as well as with users of the infrastructure. In addition it will help to provide a relevant networked environment in the fields covered by the Programme.

Detailed objectives and RTD priorities are specified in the Work Programme as well as in the Call text. Be sure that your are consulting the current version, since the Work Programme is revised periodically. The Call text identifies which parts of the Work Programme are open for proposals.