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Research projects get on right track

The co-ordinators of 43 socio-economic projects selected by the European Commission as part of the Key Action for 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base' met in Brussels on 21 and 22 February to discuss the programme's aims.

The meeting aimed to give the co-ordinators a...
The co-ordinators of 43 socio-economic projects selected by the European Commission as part of the Key Action for 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base' met in Brussels on 21 and 22 February to discuss the programme's aims.

The meeting aimed to give the co-ordinators a chance to make natural links both with each other and the relevant European Commission services, benefiting the projects which form part of the 'Improving Human Research Potential and the socio-economic knowledge base' horizontal programme of the Commission's Fifth RTD Framework Programme.

'This provides an opportunity for joined-up policy making,' said one of the organisers. The 43 projects were selected out of nearly 200 applications submitted under the Key Action.

Examples of the programmes being discussed in Brussels include European mergers, change in families and social care, and 'Europeanisation' with regard to the nation-state.

The Key Action's second call has now been published and takes in major research topics such as employment, social cohesion and EU enlargement.

Further details of the response to the first round of calls for proposals for the Commission's programme for Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic knowledge base' will shortly be available from CORDIS.

Source: European Commission, Research DG

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