The second call for proposals for the specific RTD programme in the field of information technologies, 1994-1998 (ESPRIT) was published on 15 March 1995. The first results of this call are now available. A total of 669 proposals were received for the three areas for which a closing date of 15 June 1995 was specified. The breakdown of proposals within these three areas is as follows: - Software technologies (467 proposals received); - Technologies for components and subsystems (167); - Technologies for business processes (35). The budget available for these sectors is ECU 30 million, ECU 35 million and ECU 12 million respectively. The R&D project proposals received are all in the "technologies for components and subsystems" sector and cover the development and demonstration of: - Semiconductor technology components, subsystems, building blocks, methods, tools and manufacturing techniques; - Microsystems; - Disk drive components and subsystems; - Building and home automation components and systems. The support action proposals received mainly address three groups of users: - Organizations, from any industrial sector, which regard the efficient and effective production of software as an important part of their operations (primarily SMEs and organizations outside the information technology sector); - Individual SMEs wishing to carry out "application experiments" to try out the use of semiconductor components, subsystems and microsystems or for technology transfer actions to disseminate best practice and promote the exchange of experience; - Business school faculties and students setting up a network of support centres in business schools and other appropriate establishments to collate and disseminate state-of-the-art "business best practice". The same call for proposals also invited submissions for certain tasks in the long-term research (LTR) and high performance computing and networking (HPCN) sectors. By the first deadline (20 April 1995) 34 outline proposals had been received in the LTR sector and 94 in the HPCN sector. Following initial evaluation, 14 LTR and 44 HPCN proposers have been invited to submit full proposals by 31 July 1995. The external evaluation process, involving independent experts from industry and academia, will be completed within a few weeks. A draft shortlist of proposals recommended for funding will then be circulated for approval within the Commission. The first projects and actions are expected to start by the end of the year.