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Fourth Call for Projects of ITEA 2 opening on 16 February 2009

ITEA 2 will open its fourth Call for projects on 16 February 2009. In order to help interested parties to prepare for this call, ITEA 2 is organising Project Outline Preparation Days on 16 and 17 February 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.

ITEA 2 stimulates and supports innovative and pre-competitive R&D projects that will contribute research excellence to Europe’s competitive Software-Intensive Systems and Services. SiSS are a vital growth engine for Europe’s economy and a key driver of innovation in Europe’s most competitive industries – such as automotive, aerospace, communications, healthcare and consumer electronics. ITEA 2 and its predecessor ITEA have a proven track record with major achievements and results in these industries. As a EUREKA Cluster programme, our approach is intergovernmental, bottom-up and industry-driven, which allows a project idea to attract funding from participating countries even if it is not a priority for all of them. All member countries in the EUREKA framework give financial support to ITEA 2 projects and ITEA 2 is open to partners from large industrial companies, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as research institutes and universities. Our projects involve at least two companies in two different countries – according to the EUREKA rules. Call process Our Calls for projects involve a two-step procedure with continuous involvement of the relevant national funding authorities. First, short Project Outlines (POs) are submitted – deadline: 9 April 2009. For those outlines approved, the next step is to submit a Full Project Proposal (FPP). These are evaluated and, if approved, given the ITEA 2 – EUREKA-endorsed – label. Project participants can then apply for funding in their own countries. Interested parties that want to start defining project ideas, look for potential partners and investigate local funding possibilities can find useful information on the website of ITEA 2 (http://www.itea2.org/project_calls) . ITEA 2 Project Outline Preparation Days 2009 Turkish involvement in ITEA 2 has grown dramatically over the last years and in 2009, Istanbul is the scene of our Project Outline Preparation Days – 16 & 17 February. Participation is free of charge and open to all those with an interest in our fourth Call. The aim of this two-day meeting is to help organisations form consortia and generate preliminary outlines for projects by bringing together interested companies, research institutes and universities with innovative ideas for projects in ITEA 2. In short, this meeting will enable you to: - Receive general information on ITEA 2 and the project call process; - Present your idea in a poster session and an elevator pitch; - Discuss and brainstorm about project ideas in workgroup sessions; and - Contact other interested parties/potential partners from all over Europe. If you are interested in participating in this two-day event, go to our website and fill-in the online registration form by 30 January 2009 at the latest – www.itea2.org/po_days2009!For more press information, please contact: Kay Jeunhomme ITEA 2 Office PR & Communications Tel: +31 88 003 6136 Fax: +31 88 0036130 Email: kay.jeunhomme@itea2.org

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