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RTD projects in biotechnology

The European Commission is inviting proposals for research and technology development projects in the field of biotechnology.

The Commission intends to support, for a maximum of 2 years, one organization or consortium in each of the three topics which are part of this call. These are as follows:

1) Nucleotide sequences database: Collection, annotation, maintenance and distribution at a European scale of nucleotide sequences, by providing the technical means to produce a reliable, safe and publicly accessible database. Proponents should ensure full access to and distribution of already existing electronically available data collections of nucleotide sequences. International agreements with major US and Japanese nucleotide sequence data providers should be assured, as well as coordination and synergy with European bioinformatics networks. The work should have a user-oriented approach allowing European researchers to submit and access data easily. For this purpose, telematic links and advanced electronic distribution media should be provided and maintained on a regular basis.

2) European bioinformatics network: Coordination of European national and specialized modes of bio-computing to ensure the establishment and maintenance of a bioinformatics network. The participants should be able to harmonize and share scientific and technical resources and services provided by each agreed node. The network should support local node activities and foster international cooperation in areas of common interest. The network should have a user-oriented approach to providing European biotechnology users at least the following services:

- Regular distribution of and access to relevant biotechnology databases among agreed nodes;
- Training activities;
- User support.

The implementation of these services should be underpinned by:

- Sharing of technological and scientific resources of local nodes;
- Development of protocol and interface standards facilitating data interchange;
- Enhancing bioinformatics awareness.

Close cooperation should be established with organizations providing biotechnology-relevant databases so as to ensure the broad distribution of these data across Europe. The European dimension of the network should be promoted by fostering the participation of nodes in all the EU Member States.

3 - Database of publicly funded biotechnology projects: This task aims at providing a publicly available database of biotechnology projects financed with national and international public funds, serving private and public RTD users at European level. The proponents should be able to establish the necessary arrangements with the Commission and the administrations of the EU Member States in order to coordinate and plan the collection and distribution of regularly updated information on national and international activities in the field. The project should also extend the scope of the database to cover non-confidential industrial activities in biotechnology. The work should have a service approach, for which user-friendly interfaces and on-line access should be provided. Necessary actions should be taken to ensure proper publicity and widespread distribution of the information contained in the database.

Research areas and topics will be addressed, in general, in shared-cost research and technology development projects, in conformity with the rules for implementation set out in Annex III of the decision on the specific programme.

The Community's contribution to shared-cost projects will normally not exceed 50% of the total costs, the remainder to be provided by the partners. In the case of universities and similar institutions, the Community may bear up to 100 % of the additional costs. Projects proposals can be submitted to the European Commission by interested legal entities, enterprises, research institutions and universities which are located in the EU or, under certain special conditions, in other countries.

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