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Scientific cooperation with the countries of Central Europe (CCE) and with the NIS.

The European Commission, DG XII, has published its second call for proposals for actions under the INCO-COPERNICUS programme of scientific cooperation with the countries of Central Europe (CCE) and with the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS). The call rel...

The European Commission, DG XII, has published its second call for proposals for actions under the INCO-COPERNICUS programme of scientific cooperation with the countries of Central Europe (CCE) and with the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS). The call relates specifically to the following area described in the INCO-COPERNICUS work programme: - Area A: Scientific and technological cooperation in Europe: . A2: Cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CCE) and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS). Parties eligible to participate in this call are invited to submit proposals for RTD projects in the following areas (the information package specifies more clearly the sectors for which proposals are admissible): - Environmental protection: . Sustainable management of forestry resources; . Sustainable water management; . Sustainable soil management; - Environmental and health consequences of ionising radiation; - Health research activities: . Research in health care systems; . Environment and health, especially out-door air pollution and its connection to health problems; . Advanced diagnostics and prognostics in epidemiology; - Non-nuclear energy (demonstration projects): . Demonstration projects implementing innovative and efficient energy technologies in the sector of renewable energy (RES); - Non-nuclear energy (research projects); - Advanced communications and telematics applications: . Accompanying measures which contribute to the creation of the Global Information Society in the CCE/NIS, related to successful projects and actions in the framework of the INCO-COPERNICUS, ACTS and Telematics Applications programmes; - Information technologies: . Information technology related to the Information Society with emphasis on research-oriented actions as defined in the Action Plan of the "1996 CEE/EU Forum" on the Information Society (Multimedia networks, multi-lingualism tools, geographical information systems, research networks); - Industrial technologies and material research: . Concerted actions fostering the application of clean technologies (research - industry networks); - Agro-food: food technology (including food safety): . Development of new technologies and optimizing existing processes leading to safe, high quality food; . Use of natural products and systems for food preservation, including natural food additives; - Social sciences: . Research projects to study the factors and strategies for innovation and modernization of industries; . Research contributing to policies on illicit drugs. The research and technological development work will be carried out as shared-cost projects (joint research/demonstration projects), concerted actions (consisting of coordinating RTD projects already funded), measures appropriate to the specific programme and preparatory, accompanying and support measures in accordance with the implementing rules set out in Annex III to the Council Decision adopting the specific programme, and the modified work programme. Joint research/demonstration projects must involve at least two partners, independent of one another, established in different European Community Member States, or in a Member State and a State associated with the specific programme, and at least one partner established in the CCE or the NIS. Strong priority will be given to projects involving two or more CCE/NIS partners in order to encourage transnational cooperation. Concerted actions must involve at least two partners, independent of one another, established in different Member States, or in a Member State and a State associated with the specific programme, and two or more partners established in the CCE or NIS. Proposers should ensure that they obtain the 1997 work programme and information package, as well as the full text of the call for proposals. Other specific programmes under the fourth framework programme are open to legal entities established in the countries of Central Europe and the NIS. In order to facilitate their participation, community financial support can be made available. Details of participation possibilities are contained in the information packages of each specific programme. All correspondence concerning this call should be sent to: European Commission DG XII - Science, research and development DG XII/B-2 - INCO-COPERNICUS 200 rue de la Loi (SDME) B-1049 Brussels Telex: COMEU B 21877 Fax +32-2-2963308 E-mail: research@ec.europa.eu Requests for information by fax or e-mail will be accepted, but proposals - one original and five copies - must be sent either by post or hand delivery to the above address or to one of the offices of the Commission within the Community.

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