Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 11,5 million

Official Journal Reference

L 369 of 1982-12-29

Legislative Reference

82/878/CEE of 1982-12-21
To establish the approach to be used for precompetitive research and development in information technologies at Community level in concertation with national programmes.


Preparatory phase to a strategic programme to be implemented in the first Framework Programme (1984- 1987) under subactivity 2.2.: "Information Technologies".

The activity consisted of 16 pilot projects in the areas of advanced microelectronics, software technology, advanced information processing, office automation, computer integrated manufacturing and information exchange systems. It took account of the need to develop standards to serve the interests of European industry in this field.

The 16 projects were continued as part of the first phase of the ESPRIT programme.


Six areas:

- Advanced microelectronics:
. Advanced interconnections for very large scale integration (VLSI);
. High-level computer aided design for interactive layout and design;

- Software technology:
. Portable common tool environment (PCTE);
. Formal specification and systematic programme development;
. Software production and maintenance management systems (SPMMS);

- Advanced information processing:
. Advanced algorithms and architecture for signal processing;
. Knowledge information management system;
. Interactive query system;

- Office automation:
. Functional analysis of office requirements;
. Multi-media user interface at the office workstation;
. Local wideband communication system;
. Office filing and retrieval of unstructured information;

- Computer integrated manufacturing (CIM):
. Design rules for computer integrated manufacturing systems;
. Integrated microelectronic sub-systems for plant automation;
. Process and production control based on real-time imaging systems;

- Information exchange system (IES).


The projects were executed by means of shared-cost contracts, normally on the basis of a minimum contribution of 50% from contractors, i.e. interested undertakings, universities and other bodies in the Member States. An evaluation was made by experts, who reported back to the European Parliament and the Council.
Record Number: 88 / Last updated on: 2014-03-05