The Commission approved the implementation of the German R&D state aid programme entitled "Informatik 1994-1999". The scheme will finance fundamental research, basic industrial research and applied research and development in the field of information technology. The aid is given in the form of outright grants and the total budget is approx. ECU 257 million up to 1999. Information technology is the science of recording, processing, storing and transferring information using technical resources. This aid measure under the German Information Technology Programme 1994-99 focuses on certain main areas: - Software technology/reliable information systems; - Parallel high-performance computing; - Bioinformation technology; - Neuroinformation technology; - Knowledge processing (artificial intelligence); - Telecooperation. The programme is designed to assist businesses enterprises and research institutes. Projects are eligible to receive a 100% grant for fundamental research, 50% for basic industrial research projects and 25% for applied research and development projects. Increases in these amounts will considered where projects are carried out by SMEs, or by companies or SMEs in the former GDR.