A number of current RTD-related calls for proposals and tenders have been issued in the period up to 28 September 1993. These concern the ongoing Community programmes of RTD within the Third Framework Programme, and other related programmes. Current calls are as follows: Third Framework Programme: - Communication technology: Proposals are invited by DG XIII/B, in the context of the RACE programme, for preparatory actions in Integrated Broadband Communications (TEN-IBC) to stimulate the emergence of high-speed transEuropean networks and services (OJ No C 200 of 24.7.1993) closing date 8.10.1993; . An MS-DOS software disk from the programme is available to facilitate the preparation of RACE proposals. The software also provides a useful methodology for replying to calls from other RTD programmes; . An open procedure call for tenders in the area of TransEuropean Telematic Networks (Spain) for the provision of pilot X.400 systems was published in OJ No C 205 on 29.7.1993. - Telematic systems in areas of general interest (comprising DRIVE 2, DELTA 2, AIM 2, ENS, ORA, LIBRARIES, LRE): . A LIBRARIES call for tenders for background studies in support of specified programme areas (OJ No C 173 of 24.6.1993) closes on 8.8.1993. The next (third) general call for proposals under the LIBRARIES programme is planned for mid-November 1993. An advance notice concerning expansion awards for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in relation to this call appeared in Official Journal C 211 of 5.8.1993; . A further call was considered possible under ENS (European Nervous Systems). However, it is now established that no call will be published during 1993. - 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. - Marine science and technology (MAST 2): A call for proposals concerning the assessment of possible risk likely to affect the marine environment in association with research, monitoring and surveying in marine sciences and technologies was published in OJ No C 203 of 27.7.1993. The original closing date for this call has been extended to 15.12.1993 following a corrigendum published in OJ No S 180 of 15.9.1993; . A MAST call for tenders (OJ No C 251 of 15.9.1993) concerns the organization of advanced study courses during 1995 in marine science and technology for young scientists and/or graduate students. The topics of the courses must fall into one of a number of disciplines of main interest to the MAST programme. Proposals for courses in 1995 must arrive at the Commission by 7.4.1994 at the latest. - Biotechnology (BIOTECH): This programme's third call for proposals was published in OJ No C 168 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-industry, including fisheries (AIR): Proposals for research and technology development projects and concerted actions are invited for all Areas and topics of the AIR workprogramme. The deadline for applications is 14.1.1994. - Biomedicine and Health Research (BIOMED): No further calls are considered likely in the near future. However, 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 C 163 of 15.6.1993) with a deadline of 30.11.1993. - Human capital and mobility: No further main calls are expected following that published in Official Journal OJ No C 139 of 2.6.1992 open on a continuous basis, with selection rounds taking place at regular intervals; . A final call for proposals for research fellowships allocated via institutes was published in OJ No C 225 of 20.8.1993 deadline 19.11.1993. A list of selected institutes having a number of places available for young researchers was published in OJ No C 225 of 20.8.1993; . Current open calls also exist in scientific and technical networks and in "Euroconferences"(OJ No C 175 of 26.6.1993). A further Euroconference selection may be scheduled for November 1993. - VALUE 2: An open call exists under the VALUE programme (the Centralized Action for Dissemination and Exploitation of Knowledge resulting from the specific programmes of RTD in the Community) concerning the funding of projects to promote the results of Community RTD, first published in Official Journal No C 230 of 8.9.1990; . A call for proposals relating to opportunities offered under the line of action "Utilization of results", as described in the VALUE II workprogramme, was published (for the final time) in OJ No C 252 of 16.9.1993. The closing date for consideration in the next selection round is 15.12.1993; . An open call is also current for awards to SMEs (OJ No C 173 of 9.7.1992); . A VALUE 2 call for tenders for the selection of organizations or individuals to undertake work relating to the research/scientific community and the research/society interfaces (Interfaces I and II respectively) was published in OJ No C 198 of 22.7.1993 closing on 29.10.1993. Other RTD-Related Programmes: - The IMPACT 2 programme for the establishment of an internal information market has issued advance information on a call for declarations of intent. Due for publication in the Official Journal in early October 1993, The call will concern market support in favour of integrated information to meet the needs of specific end-users. This support effort (INFO EURO ACCESS) will aim to improve European-wide access to information, in particular through the emerging facilities to be offered by EURO-ISDN, forthcoming broadband and other advanced delivery channels. - THERMIE programme for the promotion of energy technology in Europe (1990-1994): A general THERMIE call for projects for the promotion of energy technology was published in OJ no C 189 of 13.7.1993 closing on 1.12.1993; . A current call for proposals for a targeted project on hot-gas cleaning (HGC), published in OJ No C 171 of 22.6.1993 closes on 4.10.1993. - 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): It is expected that a call for proposals will be published shortly, with a possible deadline of 18 December 1993. - Coordination of information on the environment (CORINE): A call for tenders was published in OJ No C 266 of 21.8.1993 for the provision of tools for data integration, management, analysis and modelling and application development for the maintenance and valorization of the CORINE database and results. The closing date for tenders is 5.10.1993. - Vocational training for women: An invitation to tender for the coordination at European level of the development of vocational training for women (IRIS programme) was published in Official Journal No C 229 of 25.8.1993 closing date 15.10.1993. Various: - DG XI (Environment, Nuclear safety and Civil Protection) has recently issued three calls for tender on the following subjects: . A call for tenders granting financial support for pilot schemes designed to prepare, promote or facilitate participation by companies in an environmental management and audit scheme (OJ No C 247 of 10.9.1993). Closing dates 31.10.1993 (first series) and 31.12.1993 (second series); . Tenders to undertake a study on motor vehicle inspections aimed at minimizing pollutant emissions and optimizing fuel efficiency (OJ No S 175 of 8.9.1993). Closing date 23.10.1993; . A request for tenders for the conclusion of framework contracts for "scientific assistance" services in the fields of eco-management and audit, and major industrial hazards (OJ No C 247 of 10.9.1993). Closing date 15.10.1993. - DG VII (Transport) has issued an invitation to tender for a study in the field of Trans-European Networks (OJ No C 248 of 11.9.1993). The study is to focus on aspects of the Community's territorial strategies linked to the Trans-European Transport Networks. The closing date for submission of tenders is 8.10.1993. - Action plan for the introduction of advanced TV services in Europe: Funding of broadcast services and programme production/conversion is the subject of a call published in OJ No C 206 of 30.7.1993. Two kinds of proposals are sought: Proposals for Community support for wide-screen broadcasting services (closing date 1.10.1993); proposals for Community support for wide-screen programme production and conversion (closing date 15.10.1993). - Industrial affairs: A call for expressions of interest in order to constitute a file of potential contractors able to offer technical assistance to DG III in the field of industrial affairs (covering a range of topics and specific industrial activities) was published in OJ No C 206 of 30.7.1993. There is no closing date for expressions of interest. - STOA: The European Parliament's Directorate-General for Research has called for tenders, applications, and expressions of interest under the Scientific and Technical Options Assessment (STOA) programme (OJ No C 179 of 1.7.1993). Various closing dates.