The European Commission, DG XII, has published an "Outline of the SMT programme" summarizing and highlighting the major items of the 1994 information package for the Standards, Measurement and Testing (SMT) specific RTD programme. The information package is still valid but one of the eligibility criteria for calls for proposals under Theme I ("Measurements for quality European products, including written standards for industry") has changed. The eligibility criterion in question now stipulates that the requested industrial participation must be 25% of the total cost of the project. This brings the eligibility conditions in conformity with the rules of public funding laid down in the GATT Agreement. The "Outline" is intended as a supplement to the information package. It contains information of interest to those considering submitting proposals under the SMT programme. Topics covered include: - Scope and objectives of the SMT programme; - Scientific and technological content of the SMT programme; - How the SMT programme operates; - Annual and dedicated calls for proposals (RTD projects); - Technology stimulation for SMEs, thematic networks, preparatory, accompanying and support measures; - What happens to a proposal after its submission; - Information and assistance; - Indicative timetable for the SME programme. In addition to the "Outline", the Commission has produced: - "Eligibility criteria check lists" for Themes I, II and III and dedicated calls, enabling participants to check whether their proposal is eligible; - "Auto-evaluation check lists" for Themes I, II and III and dedicated calls, enabling participants to check whether their proposal complies with the evaluation criteria.