The European Commission, DG XII, has published a corrigendum to the information brochure on JOULE R&D actions in the field of non-nuclear energy (edition 1994-1995). The corrigendum concerns the sub-section on "Implementation - 1.4 Technology Stimulation for SMEs" (English version pp. 17-19) of Section 1 on "JOULE/THERMIE. An integrated R&D and demonstration programme". The following text should replace the sub-section "Implementation", paragraph 1.4. 1.4 Technology stimulation for SMEs: RTD activity in the field of energy addresses SMEs in particular. As the recent THERMIE evaluation reports show, there is a need for a large penetration of technologies in the market which cannot take place while SMEs act in isolation. For the R&D phase it is vitally important to enhance the taking up of results by SMEs. The objective for specific promotional activities stimulating SMEs to take a larger part in the development and utilization of energy technologies is thus twofold, i.e. (i) to increase the share of SMEs involved in the production of energy technologies (equipment, processes) and (ii) to facilitate the access to and the utilization of efficient energy technologies by SMEs. The Technology Stimulation Action for SMEs comprises two measures: - Stage 1: Exploratory Awards: Exploratory Awards, accessible to SMEs irrespective of their own R&D means, to help them prepare complete research proposals to be submitted at stage 2. Exploratory awards will normally involve at least two non-affiliated eligible SMEs from different Member States (or from at least one Member State and an Associated State), and should not be recipients of a previous Expansion, Feasibility or Exploratory Award. - Stage 2: Stage 2 proposals may be for either: . Cooperative RTD projects, for SMEs having similar technical and managerial problems, but not having adequate in-house RTD facilities. They may therefore engage other companies/organisations to carry out the activities on their behalf. Community funding for such cooperative RTD activities should involve at least four non-affiliated eligible SMEs from at least two different Member States; or . Shared cost collaborative research, as described in section 1.1 above. The procedures for support of exploratory awards and cooperative RTD are covered in the separate information package "Technology stimulation measures for SMEs" (Edition 1994). Note: To promote the participation of SMEs, special arrangements are foreseen (e.g. exploratory awards, cooperative research projects). A special information package (including forms) on this can be requested at the following fax No: +32-2-2950656.