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ESPON 2013 call for proposals

The European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON) has issued a call for proposals for its ESPON 2013 Programme. This call follows on an earlier call for ESPON 2013, and is divided into two parts. The first part of the call is for two applied r...

The European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON) has issued a call for proposals for its ESPON 2013 Programme. This call follows on an earlier call for ESPON 2013, and is divided into two parts. The first part of the call is for two applied research projects (Priority 2 of the ESPON 2013 Programme). These are: - ADES/Airports as drivers of economic success in peripheral regions, - AMCER/Advanced monitoring and coordination of EU research and development policies at the regional level. One single proposal will be selected for each of the two themes indicated. These two targeted analyses, conducted under Priority 2 of the ESPON Programme, are defined by stakeholders. It is a new type of project which supports the use of existing ESPON results in partnership with different groups of stakeholders, who will participate actively in the project implementation. Such projects are an opportunity for stakeholders enhance their understanding of the larger territorial context, make comparisons to other territories, regions and cities, and hereby provide a European perspective to considerations on the development of their territories. The second part of the call is for the ESPON Database Project phase II. At the European level several initiatives have been carried out to promote data comparability and data quality, e.g. the INSPIRE Directive which aims at making available relevant, harmonised and quality geographic information for the purpose of formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Community policy-making and the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative launched in 1998. For ESPON, the database is considered a central element in the programme's scientific platform and a tool providing input for analysis based on territorial indicators. It is equally important as a tool for a continuous territorial monitoring. This database is meant to be accessible to researchers, policy makers and practitioners from all administrative levels as well as the general public via the ESPON website.To see the full details of the call, please consult: OJ C226 of 21 August 2010