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Calls for proposals confirm international role of Community research

The European Commission has launched seven calls for proposals for indirect Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD) Actions relating to the specific programme "Confirming the International Role of Community Research" under its Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for RTD activities (1998-2002).

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

URL: http://cordis.europa.eu/inco2/calls/calls.htm

The objectives, priorities, indicative budgets and types of indirect Actions referred to in the call notices correspond to those described in the work programme drawn up by the European Commission for implementation of the specific programme for the seven calls, which are as follows:

- COPERNICUS 2 (Shared Cost Actions, Concerted Actions, Thematic Networks);
- Awareness and Training (Accompanying Measures);
- Conference Participation Support (Accompanying Measures);
- INCO-MED (Shared Cost Actions, Concerted Actions, Thematic Networks);
- INCO-DEV (Shared Cost Actions, Concerted Actions, Thematic Networks);
- INCO-MED & INCO-DEV (Accompanying Measures);
- Fellowships to Japan for Community Researchers.

The fixed deadlines under these calls vary and are set out in the calls, which cover the following areas:

- "COPERNICUS 2" relates to Newly Independent States and Central and Eastern European Countries not in the Phase of pre-Accession to the European Union (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan). The objectives are to support these countries' efforts to develop a pluralistic scientific and technological system and to preserve and develop their research excellence in order to help them solve some of their major economic and societal problems. Activities will be aimed at:
- - Regional problems linked to the environment and health, structural problems of transition and socio-economic development, and sustainable use of natural resources, through co-operation in areas of mutual interest;
- - The consolidation of the scientific and technological potential in fields where these countries have a recognized excellence and valuable co-operation potential;
- "Awareness and Training" relates to States in the pre-Accession Phase (Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and to the Newly Independent States and Central and Eastern European Countries not in the pre-Accession Phase (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan). Information dissemination, awareness and training actions concerning FP5 will be supported, in areas such as partner search (for example through brokerage events), consortium building, proposal preparation (especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)), contract negotiation and project management (including financial aspects). Besides supporting the existing dissemination networks in their activity, these measures will aim at the integration into these networks of all public and private bodies capable of representing and/or reaching the science and technology community. Evaluation will be based on the relevance of the proposed actions to the aims stated, the qualifications of the proposers and their capability to represent and/or reach the science and technology (S&T) community;
- "Conference Participation Support" relates to States in the pre-Accession Phase (Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and to the Newly Independent States and Central and Eastern European Countries not in the pre-Accession Phase (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan). In order to promote the creation of networks with a view to future participation in joint projects and concerted actions of FP5, participation of researchers from these countries in conferences organized in Western Europe will be supported, as well as organization of conferences in the countries themselves. Proposals must be forwarded only by the organizers of each initiative; that should take place two months at the earliest after the chosen deadline for submission. Mail and requests forwarded by individual potential participants will not be taken into account. Evaluations will be based on the scientific relevance of the proposed event in relation to the themes covered by FP5, as well as its administrative and financial soundness. The Community policy on equal opportunities between men and women will also be taken into account;
- "INCO-MED" relates to Mediterranean Partner Countries (Algeria, Republic of Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine Authority, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey). The objectives are those of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and target long-range sustainable development around the Mediterranean Sea in the context of transboundary economic, environmental and socio-political problems. The approach is to concentrate on a set of five strategic areas, of specific relevance to the region, which are not addressed under the thematic programmes of FP5 or under the Research for Development part of this programme. These areas were selected through an extensive process of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue. Complementarity between this programme, the thematic programmes and MEDA co-operation activities is to be ensured;
- "INCO-DEV" relates to Research for Development with respect to ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific), ALA (Asia, Latin America) and Mediterranean countries (including Mediterranean Partner countries). The objectives are to tackle challenges faced by Developing Countries, to mobilize the European S&T community jointly with Developing Country research teams and to use RTD cooperation to support Community development cooperation policy. This will strengthen and add value to on-going research in European and Developing Country centres, reduce isolation of Developing Country scientists, enable them to work at an international level while based in their own institutions, and provide training opportunities. The programme will complement Community development cooperation policy and therefore will not include technical assistance or other methods of operation that are characteristic of development aid. The priorities are continuously focussed, on a regional basis, following dialogue with Developing Countries.
- "INCO-MED & INCO-DEV" relates to Mediterranean Partner Countries (Algeria, Republic of Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine Authority, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey) and to Research for Development with respect to ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific), ALA (Asia, Latin America) and Mediterranean countries (including Mediterranean Partner countries). Accompanying measures will include workshops, seminars, studies, conference support and networking in order to establish the state of the art in subjects of particular interest; to disseminate results to scientists, decision-makers or other appropriate parties; to evaluate and monitor research projects for quality control purposes; to conduct regional dialogue and priority-setting; to co-ordinate research groups or to provide specific RTD training;
- "Fellowships to Japan for Community Researchers" has the objective of enabling young researchers and engineers from the Community (and Associated States) to participate in high-level industrial research in public and private laboratories in Japan. The approach is to grant bursaries for a period of 24 months to carry out research in any of the natural or exact sciences. The bursary will also include intensive Japanese language training. Applications from female scientists will be encouraged. The scheme aims to increase the level of participation of young European researchers in Japanese industrial research activities, leading to the construction and strengthening of links between that country and the Community. Candidates should be nationals of, and established in, an EU member state or a state associated to FP5 and not be more than 32 years of age. The selection will be made based on the relevance of the subjects to Community RTD policy, the industrial interest of the projects and the experience and professional training of the candidates.

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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