Notice to the Member States laying down guidelines for operational programmes which Member States are invited to establish, in the framework of a Community initiative concerning regional capacities for research, technology and innovation (STRIDE). The main objective of this initiative is to strengthen the research, technological and innovatory capacity of the regions whose development is lagging behind. The second objective is to assist regions seriously affected by industrial decline by stimulating innovation. Most of the financial resources for STRIDE will be allocated to the first objective. Three categories of measures are concerned: strengthening research facilities in regions covered by the main objective, promoting participation and greater interconnection in Community and other international research programmes and networks, promoting linkages between research centres and industry.