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Help for Bioscientists to Access EU Research Funding

Bioscientists can now take advantage of new simple and easy on-line access to help and information about the research and development funding available through the EUs Framework Programme.

New pages launched on the FP6UK website provide useful information for those bioscientists in both industry and academia who want to learn more about the opportunities available for research in Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health across Europe. http://fp6uk.ost.gov.uk puts the needs of UK organisations first by offering, for the first time, a single entry one-stop, on line information service for all 22 thematic areas covered by the EUs research and technological development funding for collaborative research and innovation. To compliment the information available through the website, a new partnership has been set up between the Department of Trade and Industry and Medical Research Council to act as the UK National Contact Point for enquiries from bioscientists who are either interested in learning more or intending to submit applications for funding under Thematic Priority One (TP1) Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health. The TP1 National Contact Point is able to offer assistance and advice by disseminating information about Thematic Area One, screening and advising on proposals before they are submitted and help with the search for partners across the EU community. Bioscientists wishing to keep up to date with information about the TP1 area should register their details on the FP6UK database by logging on to http://fp6uk.ost.gov or call the FP6UK helpline on 0870 600 6080. They can then chose whether they wish to receive email updates on developments in TP1 and in what format.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 The Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health,The Life Sciences Priority Thematic Area (PTA) of the 6th Framework Programme(FP6) has a budget of 2.3bn over the lifetime of FP6. The work programme aims to enable consistent and co-ordinated progress in biomedical research at a European level to improve the health of the EU citizen. The third call for proposals will open in June 2004.

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