RTD-related calls for proposals and tenders, issued in the period up to 26 October 1993, concerning Community programmes of RTD within the Third Framework Programme, and other related programmes include: Third Framework Programme: - Communication technology: An open procedure call for tenders in the area of Trans-European 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, DELTA, AIM, ENS, ORA, LIBRARIES, LRE): . LIBRARIES. 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-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in relation to this call appeared in Official Journal No C 211 of 5.8.1993. - CRAFT (BRITE/EURAM): 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 and September 1993, with a further evaluation to take place in January 1994. - Marine science and technology (MAST): 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 correction published in OJ No C 251 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 1995 courses must arrive at the Commission by 7.4.1994. - 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. - 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): 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): A third call is now current, (Official Journal No C 163 of 15.6.1993) with a deadline of 30.11.1993. - Human capital and mobility: A call covering all aspects of the workprogramme (first published in Official Journal OJ No C 139 of 2.6.1992) is 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 institutes with places available for young researchers was published in OJ No C 225 of 20.8.1993; . Open calls also exist in scientific and technical networks and in "Euroconferences"(OJ No C 175 of 26.6.1993). A further Euroconference selection round may be scheduled for November 1993. - Measurements and Testing (BCR): A call for proposals is expected shortly from the specific programme of RTD in the field of measurements and testing (BCR). The call is scheduled for publication on 15.12.1993 under the system of fixed dates (four per year) for the publication of calls for proposals from the specific programmes within the Framework Programme. Though the closing date is not yet established it may well be set to 29.4.1994. - VALUE: A call for proposals, open on a continuous basis, exists under the VALUE programme (the Centralized Action for Dissemination and Exploitation of Knowledge resulting from the specific programmes of RTD in the Community), for the funding of projects to promote the results of Community RTD (first published in Official Journal No C 230 of 8.9.1990); . An open call is also current for awards to SMEs (OJ No C 173 of 9.7.1992); . A call for proposals relating to opportunities offered under the line of action "Utilization of results", as described in the current VALUE work-programme, 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. Other RTD-Related Programmes: - The IMPACT programme for the establishment of an internal information market has issued a call for declarations of intent (OJ No S 192 of 1.10.1993) concerning 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 (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. - COMETT (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. - SPRINT (Strategic Programme for Innovation and Technology Transfer): It is likely that a call for proposals will be issued before the end of 1993. Further details (date, areas covered, conditions) are expected to be available in the near future). - TEMPUS (Trans-European Mobility Scheme for University Studies): The programme for cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the republics of the former USSR in the field of higher education has been extended by a four year period (1994-1998) and, in addition to Central and Eastern Europe, is now to cover those republics of the former Soviet Union wishing to participate. Tenders are requested (OJ No C 286 of 22.10.1993) for the provision of technical assistance for the management and coordination of the programme from 1.9.1994 to 31.12.1998. Closing date 10.12.1993. Various: - HELIOS: Tenders are invited (OJ No C 271 of 7.10.1993) for the evaluation of the Community action programme to assist disabled people (HELIOS, 1993-1996). The closing date for submissions is 22.11.1993. - Health and safety at work: The administration of a "Community information system for health and safety at work" (JANUS), is the subject of a call for tenders, published in OJ No C 271 of 7.10.1993 in the context of the Community programme of action in the field of protection of the physical and mental health of workers. Closing date 3.12.1993. - DG XI (Environment, Nuclear safety and Civil Protection) has issued 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). The closing date for a first series of proposals was 31.10.1993 while that for the second series closes on 31.12.1993. - DG I: The International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (membership includes the European Community and the Community countries), has invitied interested scientists and research teams to submit declarations of intent related to joint scientific research or networking projects with CIS scientists. A 1993 call (not published in the Official Journal) closed on 15.10.1993. Declarations should now be prepared for a call for proposals to be issued 1994. Information on INTAS and the declaration of intent is available in an earlier RTD-News item (RCN 1823 of 11.10.1993). - DG XXIII: A call for interest and a call for proposals for pilot actions (OJ No C 277 of 15.10.1993) aim to encourage the creation or reinforcement of collaboration between the distributive trades, involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and possible economic partners. The means for achieving this collaboration includes the application of new technology and new management tools. The call for interest includes feasibility studies, technological applications, and training actions. The closing date in both cases is 6.12.1993. - 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. - European Patent Organization (EPO): This inter-governmental organization set up pursuant to the European Patents Convention has issued a public call for tenders (OJ No S 208 of 23.10.1993) for the data capture, during 1994, of handwritten titles/classes of the European patents aplications using Key/Master PC data entry on IBM PS/2 provided by the EPO. Closing date 29.11.1993. - STOA: The European Parliament's Directorate-General for Research has called for tenders, applications, and expressions of interest (various closing dates) under the Scientific and Technical Options Assessment (STOA) programme (OJ No C 179 of 1.7.1993).