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Cell Factory projects should combine scientific excellence and innovative technology with convincing exploitation strategies

"Cell Factory" Key Action projects should combine scientific excellence and innovative technology with convincing exploitation strategies at every stage of implementation, according to the external advisory group (EAG) evaluating the direction and content of the Key Action the...
"Cell Factory" Key Action projects should combine scientific excellence and innovative technology with convincing exploitation strategies at every stage of implementation, according to the external advisory group (EAG) evaluating the direction and content of the Key Action the "Cell Factory".

This Key Action forms part of the Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources component of the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD).

In the report, the group gives its opinion on the three main questions put to it by the EU, and makes the following general comments:

- The "deliverables" section of the work programme should be combined with the 'objectives' one, because it will be problematic to specify quantifiable deliverables. This joint section, says the EAG, should convey a clear message on how the Key Action will be implemented to benefit European society;
- Each consortium should include in their proposals a specified set of deliverables in accordance with the objectives spelt out in the work programme;
- It is crucial that the selection criteria for the evaluation of proposals are clear, simple and in accordance with the socio-economic objectives of the Key Action. The EAG particularly expects that the projects should combine scientific excellence and innovative technology with convincing exploitation strategies, this being needed at every stage of implementation.

The EAG report also includes a recommended timetable for the opening and closing areas for calls for tenders under this Key Action from 1999 to 2000.

The full report can be downloaded from the Web at:

URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg12/fp5/eag.html

Source: European Commission, Directorate General XII

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