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Provisions for Implementing Specific Support Actions, Background document



This is a practical guide on the provisions for implementing specific support actions in the Sixth Framework Programme.
This document, together with practical guides on other instruments and other relevant documents, including a link to the model contract, is available on the Europa website:
Specific support actions (SSA) are intended to complement the other instruments in the implementation of the Framework Programme. SSAs are more limited in scope than the accompanying measures of the previous Framework Programmes. They aim to contribute actively to the implementation of activities of the Framework Programme, the analysis and dissemination of results or the preparation of future activities, with a view to enabling the Community to achieve or define its RTD strategic objectives. Therefore, a significant emphasis is being placed in the work programmes on SSAs in order:
- to promote and facilitate the dissemination, transfer, exploitation, assessment and/or broad take-up of past and present programme results (over and above the standard diffusion and exploitation activities of individual projects);
- to contribute to strategic objectives, notably regarding the European research area (e.g. pilot initiatives on benchmarking, mapping, networking, etc.);
- to prepare future community RTD activities, (e.g. via prospective studies, exploratory measures, pilot actions etc.);
as opposed to awareness and information exchange activities, e.g. annual workshops and conferences, that would take place anyway without Commission support. The latter activities will not be welcome if they do not serve the programme's strategic objectives, (in the sense of the European Research Area, improved co-ordination, public awareness, preparation of future Community initiatives, etc.).

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Record Number: 7093 / Last updated on: 2005-10-20
Category: SUPP
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