The Versailles project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) was established in 1982 to support world trade in high technology projects. This is achieved through international collaborative projects aimed at providing the technical basis for drafting standards, codes of practice and specifications for advanced materials. A joint statement of VAMAS and the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) of the International Energy Association (IEA) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which aims to promote cooperation, was signed during the third meeting of the contracting parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997. Eleven outline research proposals have since been put forward by the Japanese National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research as a result of this initiative. Organizations interested in any of the areas outlined below should get in contact with the proposers directly, or through either the VAMAS secretariat or the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). The following areas are proposed: - Evaluation methods for membrane performance for separation of greenhouse gases; - Standard testing methods for catalytic performance for the reduction of nitrogen oxides and nitrous oxides; - Evaluation of photocatalysts for decomposition of gaseous contaminants in air; - Testing methods for materials for electric cars; - Performance test methods for heat pipes; - Estimation of waste heat recovery characteristics by more than one heat pipe with different performances; - Evaluation of materials for waste treatment technology under supercritical conditions; - Standardization for ecologically-friendly repair or reinforcement of infrastructure using reinforced carbon fibre; - Standardization of messomissible materials with environmentally-compatible features; - Evaluation methods for decomposition properties of biodegradable polymers; - Database on material properties, including their life cycle assessment.