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Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

The European Commission, DG III and DG XII, has published a call for proposals for RTD activities in the field of intelligent manufacturing systems (IMS). The call is a joint call involving the specific RTD programmes in the fields of Industrial and Materials Technologies (BRI...

The European Commission, DG III and DG XII, has published a call for proposals for RTD activities in the field of intelligent manufacturing systems (IMS). The call is a joint call involving the specific RTD programmes in the fields of Industrial and Materials Technologies (BRITE/EURAM) and Information Technologies (ESPRIT). Activities in IMS are supported as a result of the Council Decision of 27 January 1997, approving the Agreement on international cooperation in the domain of IMS. The Agreement reached was signed by the European Community, Australia, Canada, Japan, The United States of America, Norway and Switzerland. Proposals are invited for RTD activities, including demonstration projects, which fall within the scope of the ESPRIT and/or the BRITE/EURAM work programme, as well as within the technical themes for international cooperation laid down in the Agreement. These themes are: - Total product life-cycle issues; - Process issues; - Strategy/planning/design; - Human/organizational/social issues; - Virtual/extended enterprise issues. To be eligible for funding, projects should involve at least two partners from different Member States, or from one Member State and one associated state. In addition, there should be two partners from different regions among the third countries which are party to the Agreement. Projects will be selected using a two-stage procedure. Outline proposals should be submitted first, with full proposals submitted later. A guide for proposers may be obtained from the European Commission. This gives full details of the submission procedure and the technical content of the call. All correspondence relating to this call should be sent to: European Commission European IMS Secretariat 200 rue de la Loi (N-105 6/84) B-1049 Brussels