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MAST: Assessment of risk in association with research and surveying in marine sciences and technologies

The Commission of the European Communities is inviting proposals for research and technological development projects in the context of the specific programme of RTD in the field of marine science and technology, MAST (1990-1994).

Consortia of organizations eligible to participate are invited to submit proposals for the areas and topics set out below and covered by the work programme. Proposals may be submitted by interested legal entities located in the Community or, under certain special conditions, in other countries. Each project must include, in general, at least two contractors in two different Member States.

Research areas and topics will be addressed, in general, via shared-cost RTD projects. The Community's contribution to shared-cost projects will not normally exceed 50% of total costs, the remainder to be provided by the partners. In the case of universities or similar institutions, the Commission may bear up to 100% of the additional costs.

The sole objective and topic covered by this call is the assessment of possible risk likely to affect the marine environment in association with research, monitoring and surveying in marine sciences and technologies.

Topics eligible for study may be drawn from ongoing projects of the MAST (1990-1992) and MAST II (1992-1994) programmes, and can also be identified from oceanographic and marine activities of other international programmes, either ongoing or planned. Research activities in European waters are of particular, though not exclusive, relevance. Among the possible research themes the use of high power acoustic sources, the development of antifouling techniques, large scale sampling and measuring techniques, the installation of coastal protection structures, the use of tracers, etc. are to be mentioned. Risk related to hydrocarbon extraction and maritime transport are excluded.

Where projects are related to MAST activities, each consortium of applicants must involve at least one participant from the relevant MAST projects.

The maximum total budget will be limited to ECU 3.5 million.

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