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Programme seeks to enhance Europe's research infrastructure

The European Commission has announced a call for proposals under the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD) activities for the period 1998 to 2002.

The call invites proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme for RTD relating to "Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base" in the field of Enhancing access to research infrastructures.

The call texts, together with all the documentation necessary to make a proposal, are accessible via:


The call relates to proposals with a fixed deadline, following which evaluation will take place. Only proposals submitted before this deadline will be considered under the call notice.

Those eligible to participate in indirect RTD actions under the specific programme are invited to submit proposals.

The objective of the scheme for transnational access to major research infrastructures is to sponsor new opportunities for research teams (including individual researchers) to obtain access to the major research infrastructures most appropriate for their work, irrespective of where in the Member States or Associated States they or the infrastructure are located.

The objective of the scheme for Infrastructure Cooperation Networks is to:

- Catalyze the self-coordination and the pooling of resources between infrastructure operators in order to foster a culture of cooperation between them;
- Generate critical mass for research into higher performance techniques, instrumentation and technologies;
- Spread good practice, to promote common protocols and interoperability, to encourage complementarity;
- Stimulate the creation of "distributed" and "virtual" large facilities.

The objective of the scheme for Research Infrastructure projects is to support cooperative research efforts that could have widespread significance at a Community level for enhancing access to and improving the service provided by infrastructures in a particular field.

The indicative budget available for this call is 115 million euro.

Information on the rules for participation in the Programme and how to prepare and submit proposals is given in the European Commission's Guide for Proposers, which can be obtained, along with the work programme and other information relating to the call, from the address below.

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