The International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS) has accepted 509 new projects of cooperation between laboratories in Western Europe and in the ex-USSR. The total INTAS contribution to the support of these projects is in the region of ECU 21 million. INTAS is an association created under Belgian private law on the initiative of the European Commission. Its members comprise the European Union, the twelve EU Member States, Austria, Finland, Switzerland and the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the ex-USSR. In the initial phase, the Association focuses on the promotion of research projects jointly performed between research teams from NIS and member states of the Association as well as pan-European scientific networks. Financial support is primarily devoted to scientists and research teams of the NIS. A first series of 54 projects began in mid-1993 with an overall budget of ECU 4 million. A second call for declarations of interest was published in October 1993 (this, and the previous call, were distributed by INTAS and did not appear in the Official Journal) and resulted in 3,699 proposals being received by INTAS. Scientists and research teams were invited to submit declarations of intent related to joint scientific research or networking projects. All exact and natural sciences, economic sciences, as well as human and social sciences were eligible. It was required that each project should associate at least two laboratories in the INTAS member states with at least one laboratory from the countries of the ex-USSR, as one aim of this scheme is to ensure that laboratory teams in the NIS are able to stay in place, and continue to work. Proposers were also encouraged to submit declarations of interest exhibiting a more extended cooperation, notably those which include several countries of the NIS together with several partners of the Association's member states. Declarations of intent were evaluated and a pre-selection established by the Council of Scientists for the Association. Pre-selected applicants were then invited to submit a full proposal for detailed assessment. The final selection of 509 successful proposals was undertaken by the Association based on the results of the assessments and on the available funding. Participation was open to any physical or legal person established in the INTAS member states and in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Moldovia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
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