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Current and upcoming calls for proposals and tenders within the specific programmes of the Third Framework Programme, July 1993

The status of calls for proposals (to 28 July 1993) for the ongoing Community programmes of RTD in the context of the Third Framework Programme, 1990-1994, and other related programmes, is as follows:

Third Framework Programme:

- Information technology (ESPRIT 3): No calls for proposals are now current under this programme (the evaluation procedure for the second call, published on 12 March 1993, deadline 22.4.1993, is expected to be completed by the end of July 1993);

. A restricted call for tenders (OJ No S 139 of 21.7.1993) concerns the organization of the 1994 Information Technology Conference. Closing date 23.8.1993.

- Communications technologies (RACE 2): A current call was published in Official Journal No C 149 of 29.6.1993 with a closing date of 3 September 1993. An MS-DOS software disk is available to aid preparation of RACE proposals, and also provides a useful methodology for replying to calls for other RTD programmes;

. Proposals are invited by DG XIII/B, in the context of the RACE programme, for preparatory actions in Integrated Broadband Communications (TEN-IBC) to stimulate the emergence of high-speed transEuropean networks and services (OJ No S 142 of 24.7.1993), closing date 8.10.1993;

. A call for proposals originating from DG XIII/B concerns accompanying measures and preparatory actions in the fields of pilot demonstrations of telework in decentralization of large organizations, networked telework centres, small business networking, and urban and interurban traffic decomposition (OJ No C 173 of 24.6.1993), closing date 3.9.1993;

. DG XIII/B invites proposals for feasibility studies followed by trials developing and carrying out a small number of pilot schemes for Trusted Third Party Services for Electronic Signature (OJ No S 140 of 22.7.1993), closing date 15.9.1993;

. DG XIII/A has issued an open invitation to tender for three studies in the domain of Open Network Provision (ONP) published in Official Journal OJ No S 138 of 20.7.1993, closing date 10.9.1993.

- Telematic systems in areas of general interest (comprising DRIVE 2, DELTA 2, AIM 2, ENS, ORA, LIBRARIES, LRE):

. No further calls are foreseen during 1993 in the fields of learning technologies (DELTA 2) and Advanced Informatics in Medicine (AIM). Opportunities for Rural Areas (ORA) does not plan any open calls for this year;

. A current call under the DRIVE 2 programme of Dedicated Road Infrastructure for Vehicle Safety in Europe (OJ No. C 166 of 17.6.1993) has a closing date of 29 July 1993. The call invites proposals for projects in which developments and results already emerging from ongoing research activities in transport telematics would be tested and validated. It is expected to be the last call made in this area during 1993;

. A LIBRARIES call for tenders for background studies in support of specific programme areas (OJ No C 173 of 24.6.1993) closes on 8.8.1993. the next (third) general call for proposals under the LIBRARIES programme is planned for November 1993. Advanced information concerning expansion awards for SMEs in relation to this call was featured in RTD-News on 20.7.1993 (RCN 1599);

. In the field of Linguistic Research and Engineering (LRE), it was expected that a third call would be issued at the beginning of 1994. However, a second call published in OJ No C 259 of 8.10.1992 (closing date 11.1.1993) was so successful that it is now unlikely that any further call will be made;

. A call is possible under ENS (European Nervous Systems) but no decision has yet been reached (if made, the call could be timetabled for Autumn 1993).

- Industrial and materials technologies (BRITE/EURAM 2): It has been decided that no further main call will be issued this year.

- CRAFT (BRITE/EURAM 2): Applications may be made at any time for feasibility awards for SMEs. Applications for training schemes may also be made continuously with selection taking place in June and November. CRAFT Step 1 proposals are evaluated on a continuous basis. Step 2 proposals were evaluated in June 1993, with further valuations to take place in September 1993 and January 1994.

- Measurement and testing: No further calls are planned under the present phase of the programme.

- Environment: The latest call for RTD proposals in the field of the environment closed on 18.7.1993 (Official Journal No C 139 of 18.5.1993);

. Expressions of interest were invited (OJ No C 175 of 26.6.1993) from European Centres of Excellence in the field of environmental technology for cooperation with the EC-Singapore Regional Institute for Environmental Technology. Closing date 30.7.1993.

- Marine science and technology (MAST 2): A call for expressions of interest in biological research projects under MAST 2 (1990-1994) was published in Official Journal No S 114 of 15.6.1993 with a closing date of 2.9.1993. The general goal of the call is to strengthen and broaden biological research in the Mediterranean with particular emphasis on good linkage and complementarity to the Mediterranean Targeted Project (1993-1996);

. A call for tenders for the management of ocean data and information was also published in the same Official Journal, closing date 8.9.1993;

. A MAST 2 call for proposals concerning the assessment of possible risk likely to affect the marine environment in association with research, monitoring and surveying in marine sciences and technologies was published in OJ No C 203 of 27.7.1993, closing date 27.10. 1993.

- Biotechnology (BIOTECH): A second call is now current, issued in Official Journal No C 114 of 24.4.1993 with a deadline of 31.8.1993. Subsequently, a third call has also been published in Official Journal No S 118 of 19.6.1993, closing date 15.12.1993. The third call was issued following the Council Decision providing a further budgetary appropriation for the Third Framework Programme.

- Agriculture and agro-industrial research (AIR): A call is planned for July with a deadline on or about 27 November 1993.

- Biomedicine and Health Research (BIOMED): No further calls are considered likely in the near future. Applications may be made at any time for junior and senior training grants (6-18 months) and for short training periods (6-12 months). Selections for these grants are made twice a year.

- Life Sciences and Technologies for Developing Countries (STD 3): A third call is now current, published in June 1993 (Official Journal No S 114 of 15.6.1993), with a deadline of 30.11.1993.

- Non-Nuclear Energies (JOULE 2): The final call for 1993 closed on 25 June (OJ No C 119 of 29.4.1993).

- Human capital and mobility: No further main calls are expected following that made in Official Journal OJ No C 139 of 2.6.1992, open on a continuous basis, with selection rounds taking place at regular intervals:

. A call concerning large scale facilities closed on 9.7.1993 (OJ No C 175 of 26.6.1993). This call involved only installations already preselected by the Commission in the main call. It is probable that a new call will be published in November, for organizations not yet selected by the Commission, with a deadline on or about 15 January 1994;

. The future deadlines for the reception of joint proposals from selected organizations and research fellows are 1.9.1993 and 29.10.1993. Individual researchers should apply to the Commission together with their chosen centre or apply to one of the centres selected by the Commission. A selection round will take place in July 1993 with the subsequent round probably in October 1993;

. Current open calls also exist in scientific and technical networks and in "Euroconferences"(OJ No C 175 of 26.6.1993). A further Euroconference selection may be scheduled for September 1993.

- Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion: Open calls for proposals are not normally issued due to the aims and structure of this programme.

- Nuclear Fission Safety: No calls are foreseen at present, either within the area of Reactor Safety or of Radiation Protection.

- VALUE 2: An open call exists under the VALUE programme (the Centralized Action for Dissemination and Exploitation of Knowledge resulting from the specific programmes of RTD in the Community) concerning the funding of projects to promote the results of Community RTD, published in Official Journal No OJ C 230 of 8.9.1990. An open call is also current for awards to SMEs (OJ No S 131 of 9.7.1992);

. A VALUE 2 call for tenders for the selection of organizations or individuals to undertake work relating to the research/scientific community and the research/society interfaces (Interfaces I and II respectively) was published in OJ No S 140 of 22.7.1993, with a closing date on 29.10.1993.

Other RTD-Related Programmes:

- SPRINT: It is not considered very probable that any further call for proposals will take place under the strategic programme for innovation and technology transfer (SPRINT 1, 1989-1993).

- AVICENNE initiative (RTD cooperation with Maghreb and countries of the Mediterranean Basin). A call for proposals was published in OJ No S 111 of 10.6.1993 with a closing date of 15.9.1993.

- THERMIE programme for the promotion of energy technology in Europe (1990-1994): A current call for proposals for a targeted project on hot-gas cleaning (HCG) was published in OJ No C 171 of 22.6.1993, closing on 4.10.1993;

. A general THERMIE call (Promotion of energy technology) was published in OJ no C 189 of 13.7.1993, closing on 1.12.1993;

. A restricted call for tenders was published in OJ No C 186 of 8.7.1993 for cooperation with the Commission in the implementation of associated measures arising from the THERMIE programme, closing date 20.8.1993.

- TIDE (Technology Initiative for Disabled and Elderly People): A call for proposals is now current, published in OJ No C 111 of 21.4.1993, closing on 18.8.1993.

- TEDIS 2 (Trade Electronic Data Interchange Systems): A call concerning EDI closed on 30 June 1993 (published OJ No C 120 of 30.4.1993).

- FORCE: A call for proposals is current under the action programme for the development of continuing vocational training (FORCE, 1991-1994). Two dates are set for the reception of proposals; 9.9.1993 (Strand I applications) and 31.10.1993 (Strand II applications).

- COMETT II (programme of cooperation between universities and industry regarding training in the field of technology, 1990-1994): A call for proposals will be published around mid-September, 1993, with a deadline expected on 18 December 1993).


- "Europe against AIDS" programme: The Commission calls for proposals concerning specific projects (feasibility studies, assessments and an exchange development project) connected with six of the ten actions envisaged in the 1991-1993 plan of action (OJ No C 1677 of 18.6.1993). Closing date 27.8.1993 (extended from 30.7.1993).

- Cohesion Fund. A call for expressions of interest concerning participation in the multiannual study and technical assistance programme to be carried out under the Cohesion Fund was launched in Official Journal No C 183 of 6.7.1993. Closing date 30.9.1993.

- DG III (Industry) has called for proposals for the implementation of a pilot telecommunications project for the exchange of data between administrations of the Commission and of Member States (OJ C 188 of 10.7.1993). Closing date 10.9.1993.

- STOA: The European Parliament's Directorate-General for Research has called for tenders, applications, and expressions of interest under the Scientific and Technical Options Assessment (STOA) programme (OJ No C 179 of 1.7.1993). Various closing dates.

- MED-CAMPUS and MED-URBS programmes: Expressions of interest are invited for provision of technical assistance to these programmes (two calls published in OJ S 138 of 20.7.1993). Closing date 12.8.1993 in both cases.


It should be noted that future calls for RTD proposals within the Framework Programme shall be published in the Official Journal only four times a year on fixed dates. This follows a decision announced by Commissioner Ruberti's Office with the aim of increasing the efficiency of the Community RTD programmes.

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