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STD 3: Call for proposals

The Commission of the European Communities calls for proposals in the context of the specific programme of research and technological development in the field of life sciences and technologies for developing countries (STD 3). A work programme has been drawn up setting out th...

The Commission of the European Communities calls for proposals in the context of the specific programme of research and technological development in the field of life sciences and technologies for developing countries (STD 3). A work programme has been drawn up setting out the detailed objectives and types of projects to be undertaken and the financial arrangements to be made for them. Consortia of organizations eligible to participate in the programme are invited to submit proposals for research topics in the following areas: - Area I. Improvement of Living Conditions (covering tropical and sub-tropical agriculture, including fisheries), reduction of food shortages and the development of agricultural products of higher economic value: (i) sustainable use and management of natural resources; (ii) farming systems; (iii) improvement of perennial crops, including trees in the context of farming systems; (iv) storage and processing of food. In addition, specific consideration will be given to proposals in areas where scientific stimulation activities have been supported by STD 3, in particular through research networks. - Area II. Improvement in Health (the work programme for this Area will be temporarily focused on two topics of major relevance to sustainable healthcare in developing countries): (i) vaccine research; (ii) research on intervention and implementation (development of action oriented and participatory research methods). The research areas and topics will be addressed, in general, in shared-cost research and technology development projects. The Community's financial contribution to such projects will normally not exceed 50% of the total costs, the remainder being provided by the partners (a higher rate may be decided on in respect of participants who are nationals of developing countries). In the case of universities and similar institutions in the Community, and all institutions in developing countries, the Community may bear up to 100% of the additional expenditure involved. Each project must include at least two mutually independent partners in different Member States or EFTA countries (one of which must be from the European Community) as well as at least one partner established in a developing country. The work programme plus information on work undertaken in earlier and related programmes, and detailed information on the submission of proposals, is available on request from: Commission of the European Communities Directorate-General XII/B-4 "Scientific and Technical Cooperation with Developing Countries" 74 rue Montoyer B-1040 Brussels Tel. +32-2-2951732; Telex COMEU B 21877; Fax +32-2-2966252