The first Call for Proposals for the specific RTD programme in the field of Transport was published on the 15 December 1994 and closed on 15 March 1995. The first results of this call, together with the evaluation of proposals are now available. A total of 339 proposals including 5 proposals for SME exploratory awards were received. The breakdown of proposals for the different areas of the programme was as follows: - Strategic Research - 81; - Rail transport - 18; - Integrated Transport Chains - 18; - Air Transport - 45; - Urban Transport - 66; - Waterborne Transport - 71; - Road Transport - 32; - Other areas - 3; - SME Exploratory Awards - 5. The total number of participants in these proposals was 2431 (representing an average of 7 partners per consortia) broken down in the following way: - Total number of participants - 2431; - Industry - 939; - Research Centres - 491; - Universities - 548; - International Organisations - 19; - Others - 434. In total, these proposals requested funding from the European Commission amounting to ECU 488 million which is around four times the amount of funds which were available under the first call for proposals. As a result of the evaluation and discussion with Member States, 111 proposals have been recommended for funding involving a total of around 1000 partners. Around ECU 117 million is likely to be committed as a result of the first call for proposals. The breakdown of these proposals is as listed below: - Strategic Research - 28; - Rail transport - 9; - Integrated Transport Chains- 3; - Air Transport - 20; - Urban Transport- 15; - Waterborne Transport - 21; - Road Transport - 13; - SME Exploratory Awards - 2. Please note: as announced in the 28 July issue of CORDIS focus (issue number 43) the second call for proposals for the transport RTD Programme has been delayed by three months. The call will now open on 15 December 1995 with a closing date of 15 March 1996. It is worth noting in this context that the Exploratory Awards for SMEs which provide financial support for SMEs interested in preparing a research proposal for later submission to the Transport RTD Programme, continue to remain open with the next indicative closing date for submission of proposals being the 11 October 1995.