403 applicants responded to the VALUE II call for tenders of November 1992 (published in OJ No C 308 of 26.11.1992). In the context of the Centralized Action for the dissemination and exploitation of RTD results (VALUE II), Directorate-General XIII (Directorate-General for Information Technologies and Industries, and Telecommunications) required to draw up a select list of experts and consultants for work relating to the diffusion of the results of Community research and technological development and their impact on industry, the scientific community, and society. The closing date for the "DIFEX 1" call was 1 February 1993. Evaluation and selection based on the extensive response to the call is currently under way, though the final results of the evaluation are not expected to be reached before June 1993. Further statistics on participation in the DIFEX call will be available for publication in the near future.