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Closing date postponed for the call for proposals in the field of genetic resources in agriculture

The closing date for the first call for proposals for the Community programme on the conservation, characterization, collection and utilization of genetic resources in agriculture (announced in OJ No C 368 of 23.12.1994) has been postponed from 31 March 1995 to 31 May 1995. T...

The closing date for the first call for proposals for the Community programme on the conservation, characterization, collection and utilization of genetic resources in agriculture (announced in OJ No C 368 of 23.12.1994) has been postponed from 31 March 1995 to 31 May 1995. The call for proposals is reproduced below: Following the adoption of the Council Regulation on the conservation, characterization, collection and utilization of genetic resources in agriculture, the Commission invites proposals for action programme projects in the field of genetic resources in agriculture. In compliance with Article 7 of that Regulation, a work programme has been prepared, setting out the detailed aims and types of project to be undertaken and the financial arrangements to be made. Those eligible to participate in the programme are invited to submit proposals on genetic resources in agriculture in accordance with point I.6 of the work programme. The aim of the programme is to coordinate and promote the work carried out in the Community on characterizing, collecting and using genetic resources in agriculture, while at the same time contributing to the achievement of the aims of the common agricultural policy and, with due regard to the principle of subsidiarity, to aid or supplement the efforts made by the Member States where these efforts prove less than successful. All types of genetic resources, whether agricultural, horticultural or forestry, are eligible pursuant to Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1467/94. Each proposal must focus on a single group of plants or animals (genus, species or race, as appropriate). Priority will be given to those species that are already, or are reasonably expected to become, economically significant in Community agriculture, horticulture or forestry. Preference will be given to utilizing the genetic resources for: - Diversifying agricultural production; - Improving product quality; - Improving environmental protection. Each proposal must follow the six steps below: (1) Establish the workplan; (2) Characterize the collections; (3) Evaluation and utilization; (4) Sort the collections; (5) Rationalize the collections; (6) Acquire (collect) genetic resources. Collection may be undertaken: - Where there are gaps in collections which demonstrably limit their usefulness; or - Where uncollected material exists that can be reasonably assumed to be unique and which, if not collected, would be lost. Any natural or legal person who is a national of a Member State and established in the Community may submit proposals to the Commission. At least two independent participants located in two separate Member States must contribute to each project. Proposals from partners who are nationals of non-member countries and the relevant Community financial contribution for such proposals must be examined on a case-by-case basis. The themes chosen will be addressed, in general, in shared-cost projects and concerted actions, in accordance with the rules on implementation laid down in Annex I to the Council Regulation: - The Community contribution to shared-cost projects will not normally exceed 50% of the total cost, the balance being provided by the partners; - In the case of concerted actions, the Community may contribute up to 100% of the costs relating to coordination. Proposals must be submitted on the forms available from the Commission. All the information requested must be provided. Furthermore, the action proposed must be justified by reference to the aims of the common agricultural policy, and a declaration of compliance with the rules relating to security, a declaration on the environmental impact of the action proposed, a detailed workplan describing the annual objectives and the intermediary stages enabling the action to be assessed must all be attached. Research actions are not eligible under this programme. The programme will take account of work already done in the same field by recognized international organizations. The programme must not duplicate such work. An information pack is available on request from the Commission. The pack contains: - This call for proposals; - Application forms; - The work programme, containing more detailed information on the procedures for submitting proposals; - The standard contract to be concluded with those participating in the projects chosen. All correspondence regarding this call should be addressed to: Call for proposals in the field of genetic resources in agriculture DG VI Directorate F/II 200 rue de la Loi (Loi 120 6/238) B-1049 Brussels Fax +32-2-2963029 E-mail: R.hardwicke@mhsg.cec.rtt.be