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Major Diseases Research, Catalogue of Research Projects (2003-2005) in the Sixth Framework Programme, Project Synopses



The current Sixth Framework Programme (FP6 - 2002 - 2006) is dedicating around EUR 800 million to supporting research in the area of 'Combating major diseases: application-orientated genomic approaches to medical knowledge and technologies' with the aim of improving patient health and quality of life in Europe and around the world.
Under FP6, five possible funding instruments provide support to larger or smaller projects with different objectives. Integrated Projects (IP) and Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREP) are aimed at generating, demonstrating and validating new knowledge through research and development. Networks of Excellence (NoE) support strategic research coordination through extensive networking.
Coordination Actions (CA) and Specific Support Actions (SSA) promote collaboration and coordination of smaller scale projects, and other activities such as conferences and studies.
Collaboration between industry and academia is strongly encouraged. Emphasis is placed on the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in all FP6 initiatives, including this part of the programme, in recognition of their important and proven innovative potential.
This catalogue features 87 projects selected under the first and second FP6 calls for proposals, presented by scientific area, for a total contribution of about EUR 380 million provided by the EU.
Several excellent projects have incorporated innovative post-genomic and proteomics approaches. They are identifying genes, collecting data and applying innovative bioinformatics techniques - including the use of model organisms - to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms, and to elaborate clinical aspects of diseases with a strong potential for new diagnostics.

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