The Community's specific programme of RTD in the field of industrial and materials technologies (BRITE/EURAM) has published a synopsis of current projects for 1993. The 600-page book contains all the projects under the first round of the present phase of the industrial and materials technologies programme (BRITE/EURAM II, 1990-1994) plus all the projects selected under the BRITE/EURAM I programme (1989-1992). Each page contains the basic information about one project, consisting of a summary of the objectives and of the achievements to date, the contact details of the main contractor and a list of the other major participants (contractors, subcontractors or sponsors), together with the starting date and duration of the project. All projects described in this edition were still running during January 1993. Projects which finished during or before 1992 are described in other publications (1990, EUR 14421; 1991, EUR 14535; 1992, in preparation). As in the previous editions, an index of participants and a keywords index are included. This is intended to make the book more easily accessible, to widen its usefulness and to encourage contacts to be established. Activities under BRITE/EURAM, which since 1991 has included raw materials and recycling, now represent a total financial investment of some ECU 2.4 billion, of which approximately 50% is provided from Community funding. This continues to represent a substantial research effort and strongly complements activities in materials and manufacturing RTD being carried out through national programmes and in other Community and international schemes. A total of 599 projects are outlined in the book. Information and progress reports on the 350 research projects running in 1992 have been updated for this edition and 249 new projects have been added ("5,000" and "6,000" series project references). The projects described represent roughly one quarter of the total submitted under the various calls. This wide scope for choice has ensured that the selected projects are of excellent quality. It is unfortunate that, due to budgetary constraints, it was impossible to fund a larger number of projects, as many of those not accepted were also of a high standard. However, over 1,000 projects have received support since BRITE/EURAM began. The present project synopsis will be the last to be issued in this series. The Fourth Framework Programme is currently under discussion and it is anticipated that the follow-up programme in industrial and materials technologies will be adopted in late 1993 or early 1994. A call for proposals for this programme will be issued once the workprogramme is defined and the programme established: it is hoped that it will be possible to maintain the positive momentum established during the first years of the previous initiatives.
Policy making and guidelines
8 November 1993