By simplifying and harmonizing the application forms which will be used to submit proposals for research projects under the specific programmes of the Fourth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development(1994-98), the Commission intends to make it easier for all interested parties, including SMEs, to partake in these programmes. In publishing the new draft application forms in a special edition of the RDT-Info Newsletter, the Commission is asking researchers to make suggestions for improvements. Prof. Antonio Ruberti, Commissioner responsible for Science, Research and Development, has pointed out that the simplification and harmonization of application forms should reduce the amount of work and the cost involved for applicants when they submit proposals, while at the same time maintaining high standards and a high degree of objectivity in the selection process. This is the latest in a series of measures taken over the past 12 months and announced in the document entitled "Management of Community RTD activities - an agenda for change", which is geared towards achieving greater coherence and transparency in the management of Community research programmes. Calls for proposals will now be issued four times a year (15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December) and the experts responsible for assessing the proposals will be rotated and allowed to participate in the selection procedure for a maximum period of three years. Other measures include the publication of a management guide giving applicants step-by-step information on the procedures followed to implement the programmes, and the publication every two months of an RTD-Info Newsletter containing information on future calls for proposals, programmes and related publications. During the next few months, various other measures will be taken by the Commission to improve the management of Community research programmes. These include the publication of two new brochures. The first explains how Community research policy is developed and how programmes are adopted. The second is a guide to the various sources of information on Community research.