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Call for proposals for the specific programme for marine science and technology

The European Commission, DG XII, has published its first calls for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of marine science and technology (MAST III) (Areas A, B, C and Area D.1): I - Call for pro...

The European Commission, DG XII, has published its first calls for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of marine science and technology (MAST III) (Areas A, B, C and Area D.1): I - Call for proposals for Areas A, B and C: 1. Following the Decision by Parliament and Council adopting the Fourth Framework Programme of European Community activities in the field of research and technological development and demonstration (1994 to 1998) (Decision 1110/94/EC of 26.4.1994 OJ No L 126 of 18.5.1994) and the Council Decision on the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of marine science and technology, the Commission of the European Communities is inviting proposals for research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) projects as well as for concerted actions. In conformity with Article 5.1 of the Decision on the specific programme, a work programme has been drawn up setting out the detailed objectives and types of projects to be undertaken, and the financial arrangements to be made for them. Consortia of organizations eligible to participate in the programme (universities, research centres and industries including SMEs) are invited to submit proposals for the areas set out below and covered by the work programme. The research areas and topics will be addressed, in general, in shared-cost RTD projects and concerted actions, in conformity with the rules for implementation set out in Annex III of the Decision on the specific programme. 2. The Community's contribution to shared-cost RTD projects will normally not exceed 50% of the total costs, with progressively lower participation the nearer the project is to the market place. Those universities and other institutions which do not have analytical budget accountancy will be reimbursed on the basis of 100% of the additional costs. As a general rule, projects should involve at least two non-affiliated partners from different Member States or from one Member State and one Associated State including EFTA/EEA countries. The Community's contribution to concerted action projects may cover up to 100% of the coordinating expenses. The Community's contribution for accompanying measures may cover up to 100% of the total cost. Proposals - one original and five copies - must arrive at the Commission no later than: - 15 March 1995 (12.00) for the sub-areas A.1 A.2 B.1.1 B.1.3 B.2 C.1 C.2; - 15 June 1995 (12.00) for the sub-areas A.3 and B.1.2 as well as for the dissemination and exploitation of results. Proposals received by fax will not be admissible. 3. Technology stimulation actions to encourage and facilitate participation of SMEs (CRAFT): An award will be granted which will cover up to 75% of the cost of the exploratory phase, without exceeding ECU 45,000 or ECU 22,500 in the exceptional case of a single applicant SME; Community funding for cooperative research projects, involving at least two non-affiliated SMEs from at least two different Member States or at least one Member State and one Associated State will normally cover 50% of the costs of the research. Proposals for exploratory awards or cooperative research projects are subject to a continuously open call and can be submitted from the date of this call up to the final dates specified hereafter: - Proposals for an exploratory award, with a view to submit at stage 2 a complete proposal for an RTD project: 11 June 1997 at 12.00; - Proposals for an exploratory award, with a view to submit at stage 2 a cooperative research project: 11 June 1997 at 12.00; - Proposals for a cooperative research project (stage 2): 17 December 1997 at 12.00. The stage 2 RTD proposals must be submitted by the regular deadlines for RTD project proposals. 4. The outline work programme for this call for proposals is as follows: - Research Area A: Marine science: (1) Marine systems research: 1. Mechanisms of the circulation and exchange of water masses; 2. Practical and theoretical integrated studies to model and define the resilience of pelagic and benthic ecosystems of marginal seas and ocean basins; 3. Studies on marine biodiversity as a basis for understanding ecosystem structure, dynamics and resilience; 4. Processes and fluxes across the air/sea interface in order to understand biogeochemical cycles; 5. Flux of heat and organic and inorganic matter across the water/sediment interface (including hydrothermal vents and cold seeps in shelf seas); 6. Sedimentary processes in the deep sea, on the continental slope and at the shelf edge; (2) Extreme marine environments: 1. The deep sea floor in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean; 2. The ice-covered seas in the northern hemisphere (Arctic and sub-arctic seas); 3. The surf and swash zone of European coasts; (3) Regional seas research: 1. The Mediterranean Sea; 2. The Baltic Sea; 3. The Canary-Azores region and the Alboran Sea (Strait of Gibraltar); 4. The North-Eastern Atlantic continental margin; - Research Area B: Strategic marine research: (1) Coastal and shelf seas research: 1. Coastal processes and morphodynamics; 2. Structure and dynamics of shelf ecosystems; 3. Methods for monitoring, forecasting and management of shelf seas and coastal zones; (2) Coastal engineering and natural defences: 1. Coastal structures; 2. Remote sensing; - Research Area C: Marine technology (1) Generic technologies: 1. Non-disturbing techniques; 2. Underwater communication and orientation; 3. Underwater viewing; 4. Exploitation of marine biological resources other than fisheries and aquaculture; 5. Submarine geotechnics; (2) Advanced systems: 1. Unmanned platforms and autonomous systems; 2. Oceanographic measurement and sampling equipment; 3. Biosensors; - Other: Dissemination and exploitation of results of MAST I and MAST II projects, including demonstration projects. 5. Information given to the Commission relating to proposal applications or the contract will be treated in confidence. 6. Detailed information about procedures for the submission of proposals (information package) and the contract that will be established with successful proposers is available on written request, fax admitted, from the Commission's services. Descriptions of work undertaken in earlier related programmes are also available on request. II - Call for proposals for Area D.1: Call for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of marine science and technology (MAST III) (Area D.1): - Call for proposals to organize advanced study courses; - Call for applications for individual fellowships. Following the Decision by Parliament and Council adopting the Fourth Framework Programme of European Community activities in the field of research and technological development and demonstration (1994-1998) (Decision 1110/94/EC of 26.4.1994 OJ No L 126 of 18.5.1994) and the Council Decision on the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of marine science and technology, the Commission of the European Communities is inviting applications for advanced study courses and for fellowships. In conformity with Article 5.1 of the Decision on the specific programme, a work programme has been drawn up setting out the detailed objectives and types of projects to be undertaken, and the financial arrangements to be made for them. 1. Advanced study courses The Commission of the European Communities (DG XII/D3), in the framework of the Marine Science and Technology programme (MAST III), intends to support (as a supporting initiative) advanced study courses for young scientists and graduate students. The specific topics of the courses must fall into one of the following disciplines which are those of main interest to the MAST programme: - Physical oceanography; - Biological oceanography; - Chemical oceanography; - Marine geosciences; - Coastal zone science and engineering; - Marine instrumentation; - Marine generic technologies. The main objectives of the courses are: - To further advanced education on specific topics at the forefront of scientific and technological development in Europe; - To exploit the wide-ranging teaching capacities of European institutions for transnational education; - To improve communication between students and scientists on a European level. The courses can, but do not need to, be linked to MAST-funded research projects. They can, if appropriate, be concerned with particular European seas (e.g. the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the North-East Atlantic, the Arctic Ocean), or with the ocean in general. Courses on management aspects, pollution, fisheries, aquaculture and marine parks are excluded. The course should be residential, of a duration of two to three weeks, and should be organized by an institute of the European Union or of a country associated to the programme, including EEA/EFTA members, which has experience in running advanced training programmes. The course organizer should be a scientist who is an expert in the topic of the training course. The speakers should be established scientists from EU, EFTA or other countries with an excellent reputation in their specific field. Proposals which do not include speakers from at least three European countries will not be considered. Proposals by qualified institutions for courses in 1996 are invited and must reach the Commission by 3 April 1995 at 12.00 hours. The proposals should include: Title of the course, organizing institution, scientist responsible, list of suggested speakers, description of the content of the course, an explanation of the relevance of the topic to European/international science (up to 1 page); place of venue, maximum number of participants, dates, duration, and budget in ECU. More detailed information on the requested form and content of the proposals for the advanced study courses can be obtained upon written request at the address indicated below. 2. Fellowships The Commission of the European Communities (DG XII/D3), in the framework of the Marine Science and Technology programme (MAST III), provides funds for the training and mobility of researchers in the form of individual fellowships. The main objective of the MAST individual fellowships is to provide opportunities for the advanced training, exchange, and mobility of researchers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level in marine science and technology. The research topics of the fellowship applications are those included in the MAST (1994-1998) work programme. Applicants must be nationals of a Member State of the EU or an associated state, including EEA/EFTA states. There will be two selection rounds a year, one in the spring and one in the autumn. Applications from qualified researchers must reach the Commission (address specified in the information package) no later than 12.00 hours on the following dates respectively: - 13 February 1995; - 17 July 1995. For further information on the call concerned with Areas A, B and C, please contact: - For RTD projects and concerted actions: European Commission DG XII/D-3 SDME 3/85 "MAST III - RTD Proposals" 75 rue Montoyer B-1040 Brussels Telex COMEU B 21877 Fax 32-2-2963024 - For exploratory awards and cooperative research projects: European Commission DG XII/D-3 SDME 3/78 "MAST III - CR" 75 rue Montoyer B-1040 Brussels Telex COMEU B 21877 Fax 32-2-2963024 For further information on the call concerned with Area D.1 please contact: - Proposals for advanced study courses: European Commission DG XII/D3 MAST Programme SDME 3/84 75 rue Montoyer B-1040 Brussels Fax +32-2-2963024 - Fellowships: For information on eligibility and selection criteria of applicants (mobility, qualifications) as well as duration and amounts allocated to research fellows, the MAST Individual Training Fellowship Information Package may be requested from: European Commission DG XII/D3 MAST Programme SDME 3/83 75 rue Montoyer B-1040 Brussels Fax +32-2-2963024