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The Network of Excellence was designed by the European Commission as a new funding instrument in the context of the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Despite some initial concerns among potential applicants that its goals would prove over-ambitious, or even unachievable, subsequent experience has confirmed the validity of the concept in mobilising transnational research collaborations between partners sharing a commitment to long-term integration. A key feature that differentiates this instrument from previous initiatives is the requirement to plan for perpetuation and development of the cooperation in the form of a self-sustaining Durable Integration Structure. The following pages explain the approaches adopted by the Networks of Excellence in the portfolio of the Materials Unit of the Directorate for Industrial Technologies in DG Research.

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Authors: DE BAAS A F, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);VALLÉS J L, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23128 EN (2007), 31 pp. Free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 978-92-79-07822-4
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