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INCO - Support for centres of excellence in Central and Eastern Europe

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for proposals under the International Cooperation programme (INCO) concerning support for centres of excellence as a contribution to restructuring the science and technology sector in the following countries (which are candidates to join the EU): Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

The call is one of the accompanying measures under the specific programme for RTD on 'Confirming the International Role of Community Research' (INCO), one of the horizontal programmes of the EC's Fifth RTD Framework Programme.

A budget of 21.5 million euro will be available to fund projects under this call. This will be channelled towards supporting approximately 20 centres of excellence for research, to benefit the economic and social needs of the region around each research centre, in conformity with the interests of the EU as a whole. This will be done in the first place by encouraging better links with other European centres through networking and twinning arrangements, for example.

Proposals should take account of the following objectives:

- Increased networking between centres;
- Increased scope (regional coverage, subjects, activities) of the centres;
- Contribution to capacity-building through attracting young researchers;
- Support for economic and social needs of the region;
- Increased linkage with economic and social environment;
- Enhanced participation of centres in other areas of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme.

More detailed information on the definition of a centre of excellence and the priorities for this call are available from the call text, which is published in the Official Journal.

The call text and the documentation required to submit proposals can be found on the CORDIS website, at:

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

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