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New Call for Research and Innovation Projects

A call for project applications under the Research and Innovation programme within the European Framework Programme Six (FP6) has been published.

The focus is on regional innovation policies, including new tools and approaches, and this call is split into three distinct areas: Regional Innovation Strategies,Projects funded will develop regional strategies in the new Member States who have not yet benefited from funding under previous calls (a list of regions having received funding can be found via: http://www.innovating-regions.org/network/regionalstrat). The implementing region must form a partnership with at least one European Economic Area-region. Innovation Policy Impact Assessment at Regional Level,A series of pilot projects are sought to develop research and innovation policy impact assessment systems that can be transferred to other European regions. This call is particularly relevant to regional organisations in the field of innovation/economics/regional development agencies. Support Processes,A number of Support Actions (SSAs) will be funded to enhance the implementation of the action plans from Regional Innovation Strategies in the New Accession Countries (RIS-NAC). The deadline for applications is 16th June. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------, ,In addition, the Commission has published a separate call for proposals for an Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk. The contract involves assisting potential and current contractors taking part in research projects, specifically with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), finance and exploitation issues. Further information and all relevant documents can be obtained via the Cordis web page: htp://cordis.europa.eu/fp6/innovation.htm,The EUs Framework Programmes are the worlds largest, publicly funded, research and technological development programmes. The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) covers the period 2002-2006 and is the European Unions main instrument for the funding of collaborative research and innovation. It is open to public and private entities of all sizes in the EU and a number of non-EU countries. It has an overall budget of 17.5 billion. Most of the budget for FP6 is devoted to work in seven priority thematic areas:,? Life sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health;,? Information Society Technologies;,? Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, Knowledgebased Multifunctional Materials and New Production Processes and Devices;,? Aeronautics and Space;,? Food Quality and Safety;,? Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems; and,? Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-based Society. There is also a focus on the research activities of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across all seven thematic areas. The services of FP6UK are funded by the Office of Science & Technology (OST) / Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). More information can be found on http://fp6uk.ost.gov.uk Research & Innovation,The Research and Innovation Programme of the 6th Framework Programme is designed to address key structural weaknesses that prevent the maximum economic and social benefits being drawn from European research effort. It aims to encourage a more innovation-friendly environment throughout the EU and to stimulate technological innovation and the setting-up of innovative technology businesses. A particular objective is to set up the basis of a European innovation system by networking players, promoting co-operation, breaking down barriers and encouraging transnational learning. ,

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