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EU Approves 1.75 Billion Euro Programme for IST Projects

The new two-year work programme for the Information Society Technologies theme of the Sixth Framework Programme has been approved by the EUs member states. This opens the way for three new calls for proposals for research and development funding of more than 1.75 billion euros

Two of these calls for proposals, addressing the Strategic Objectives defined by the work programme, are scheduled for 16 November 2004 and 17 May 2005. They will have indicative budgets of 1,120 and 638 Million Euros respectively. In addition, the Commission will make an open call for research proposals addressing Future and Emerging technologies which are, in general, beyond the scope of the Strategic Objectives. Through the Framework Programmes, the European Commission provides 50% funding support for innovative research projects that involve project partners from multiple countries. This new work programme should enable the research community to really get going with their plans for proposals in the areas where they are most likely to qualify for Framework Funding, says Peter Walters, IST National Contact Point for FP6UK. We already have an excellent record for involvement in successful projects and I would urge UK organisations to act now to make sure they are in a position to bid for this new funding and maintain that success. In reality, the race starts now as past calls for funding have shown that the successful proposers start early. Further information on this opportunity can be obtained from the IST pages on the FP6UK website http://fp6uk.ost.gov.uk or by calling central telephone support on 0870 600 6080. The strategic objectives to be addressed in the call scheduled for 16 November 2004 are:,· Nanoelectronics,· Technologies and devices for micro/nano-scale integration,· Towards a global dependability and security framework,· Broadband for All,· Mobile and Wireless Systems and Platforms Beyond 3G,· Networked Audio Visual Systems and Home Platforms,· Semantic-based Knowledge and Content Systems,· Cognitive Systems,· ICT Research for Innovative Government,· Technology-enhanced Learning,· Integrated biomedical information for better health,· eSafety Co-operative Systems for Road Transport,· Strengthening the Integration of the ICT research effort in an Enlarged Europe,Future Emerging Technologies Proactive Initiative:,· Advanced Computing Architectures,· Presence and Interaction in Mixed Reality Environments,· Situated and Autonomic Communications The strategic objectives to be addressed in the call scheduled for 17 May 2005 are:,· Photonic components,· Micro/nano based sub-systems,· Embedded Systems,· Advanced Grid Technologies, Systems and Services,· Software and Services,· Research networking testbeds,· Multimodal Interfaces,· ICT for Networked Businesses,· Collaborative Working Environments,· Access to and preservation of cultural and scientific resources,· eInclusion,· ICT for Environmental Risk Management,Future Emerging Technologies - Proactive Initiative:,· Simulating Emergent Properties in Complex Systems The work programme, and the opportunities it presents, will be officially launched at the IST2004 Conference at The Hague from 15 to17 November. For more information visit http://europa.eu.int/information_society/istevent/The EU's 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 19 billion. Most of the budget for FP6 is devoted to work in seven priority thematic areas:,? Life sciences, Genetics 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 provided by the Office of Science & Technology (OST) / Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). More information can be found on http://fp6uk.ost.gov.uk ,IST Programme ,The IST Priority Thematic Area (PTA) of the 6th Framework Programme (FP6) is the largest of the seven PTA's - with a budget of 3.822bn over the lifetime of FP6. Over 400 projects will arise from the first and second calls, with call budgets of 1070m and 525m respectively. The 3rd Call for proposals was one of three separate calls in the IST domain that have a closing date of 15 October - including a Joint Call with the Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production technologies area. Further calls for 1bn and 800m are expected late 2004 and mid 2005.

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