The status of calls for proposals (to 25 June 1993) for the ongoing Community programmes of RTD in the context of the Third Framework Programme, 1990-1994 (and other related programmes) is as follows: Third Framework Programme: - Information technology (ESPRIT 3): No calls are now current under this programme (the evaluation procedure for the second call, published on 12 March 1993, deadline 22.4.1993 is expected to be completed by the end of July 1993). The call for proposals concerning the European System and Software Initiative (ESSI) closed on 7 June 1993 (OJ No C 114 of 24.4.1993). - Communications technologies (RACE 2): A current call was published in Official Journal No C 149 of 29.6.1993 with a closing date of 3 September 1993. An MS-DOS software disk is available to aid preparation of RACE proposals, and also provides a useful methodology for replying to calls for other RTD programmes. - Telematic systems in areas of general interest (comprising DRIVE 2, DELTA 2, AIM 2, ENS, ORA, LIBRARIES, LRE): . Calls in the field of learning technologies (DELTA 2) and Advanced Informatics in Medicine (AIM) have recently closed (OJ No C 121 of 1.5.1993). No further calls are foreseen in these areas during 1993; . A current call under the DRIVE 2 programme of Dedicated Road Infrastructure for Vehicle Safety in Europe (OJ No. C 166 of 17.6.1993) has a closing date of 29 July 1993. The call invites proposals for projects in which developments and results already emerging from ongoing research activities in transport telematics would be tested and validated. It is expected to be the last call made in this area during 1993; . The LIBRARIES programme has recently published a call for tenders (OJ No C 173 of 24.6.1993) with a closing date set at 45 days after the Official Journal date of publication; . In the field of Linguistic Research and Engineering (LRE), it was expected that a third call would be issued at the beginning of 1994. However, a second call published in OJ No C 259 of 8.10.1992 (closing date 11.1.1993) was so successful that it is now very unlikely that any further calls will be made; . ORA (Opportunities for Rural Areas) does not plan any open calls for this year; . A call is possible under ENS (European Nervous Systems) but no decision has yet been reached (if made, the call could be timetabled for Autumn 1993). - Industrial and materials technologies (BRITE/EURAM 2): It has been decided that no further main call will be issued this year. - CRAFT (BRITE/EURAM 2): Applications may be made at any time for feasibility awards for SMEs. Applications for training schemes may also be made continuously with selection taking place in June and November. CRAFT Step 1 proposals are evaluated on a continuous basis. Step 2 proposals were evaluated in June 1993, with further evaluations to take place in September 1993 and January 1994. - Measurement and testing: No further calls are planned under the present phase of the programme. - Environment: A new call for tenders was published in Official Journal No C 139 of 18.5.1993 with a deadline fixed at two months after the date of publication. - Marine science and technology (MAST 2): A call for expressions of interest in biological research projects under MAST 2 (1990-1994) was published in Official Journal No S 114 of 15.6.1993 with a closing date of 2.9.1993. The general goal of the call is to strengthen and broaden biological research in the Mediterranean with particular emphasis on good linkage and complementarity to the Mediterranean Targeted Project (1993-1996). A call for tenders for the management of ocean data and information was also published in the same Official Journal (closing date 8.9.1993). - Biotechnology (BIOTECH): A second call is now current, issued in Official Journal No C 114 of 24.4.1993 with a deadline of 31.8.1993. Subsequently, a third call has also been published in Official Journal No S 118 of 19.6.1993 closing date 15.12.1993. The third call was issued following the Council Decision providing a further budgetary appropriation for the Third Framework Programme. - Agriculture and agro-industrial research (AIR): A call is planned for July with a deadline on or about 27 November 1993. - Biomedicine and Health Research (BIOMED): No further calls are considered likely in the near future. Applications may be made at any time for junior and senior training grants (6-18 months) and for short training periods (6-12 months). Selections for these grants are made twice a year. - Life Sciences and Technologies for Developing Countries (STD 3): A third call is now current, published in June 1993 (Official Journal No S 114 of 15.6.1993) with a deadline of 30.11.1993. - Non-Nuclear Energies (JOULE 2): A second call in this area closed on 25 June (published in OJ No C 119 of 29.4.1993). This was the final call for 1993. - Human capital and mobility: No further main calls are expected following that made in Official Journal OJ No C 139 of 2.6.1992 ( which covered four Areas): . A current call concerning large scale facilities has been published in OJ No S 122 of 26.6.1993. This call concerns only installations already preselected by the Commission in the main call. . It is probable that a new call will be published in November, for organizations not yet selected by the Commission, with a deadline on or about 15 January 1994. . The future deadlines for the reception of joint proposals from selected organizations and research fellows are 1.9.1993 and 29.10.1993 . Individual researchers should apply to the Commission together with their chosen centre or apply to one of the centres selected by the Commission. A selection round will take place in July 1993 with the subsequent round probably in October 1993. . A current open call also exists in scientific and technical networks. . A further selection for the open call on "Euroconferences" may be scheduled for September 1993. - Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion: Open calls for proposals are not normally issued due to the aims and structure of this programme. - Nuclear Fission Safety: No calls are foreseen at present, either within the area of Reactor Safety or of Radiation Protection. - VALUE 2: An open call exists under the VALUE programme (the centralized action for dissemination and exploitation of the knowledge resulting from the specific programmes of RTD in the Community) concerning the funding of projects to promote the results of Community RTD, published in Official Journal No OJ C 230 of 8.9.1990. An open call is also current for awards to SMEs (OJ No S 131 of 9.7.1992). Other RTD-Related Programmes: - SPRINT: It is unlikely that a further call for proposals will take place under the strategic programme for innovation and technology transfer (SPRINT 1, 1989-1993). - AVICENNE initiative (RTD cooperation with Maghreb and countries of the Mediterranean Basin). A call for proposals was published in OJ No S 111 of 10.6.1993 with a closing date of 15.9.1993. - THERMIE programme for the promotion of energy technology in Europe (1990-1994): A current call was published in OJ No C 171 of 22.6.1993 closing on 4.10.1993. - TIDE project: A call for proposals is now current, published in OJ No C 111 of 21.4.1993 closing on 18.8.1993. - TEDIS 2 (Trade Electronic Data Interchange Systems): A call concerning EDI closes on 30 June 1993 (published OJ No C 120 of 30.4.1993). - FORCE: A call for proposals is current under the action programme for the development of continuing vocational training (FORCE, 1991-1994). Two dates are set for the reception of proposals; 9.9.1993 (Strand I applications) and 31.10.1993 (Strand II applications). - COMETT II (programme of cooperation between universities and industry regarding training in the field of technology, 1990-1994): A call for proposals will be published around mid-September, 1993, with a deadline expected on 18 December 1993). It should be noted that it is possible that future calls for proposals may be published in the Official Journal only on previously established dates. This is not at present official policy, and is the subject of a pending decision to be announced shortly by Commissioner Ruberti's Office.