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Call for proposals for the specific programme for agriculture and fisheries

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a first call for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of agriculture and fisheries (including agro-industry, food technologies, forestry, aquaculture and rural development) (1994-1998):

1. Following the Decision by Parliament and Council adopting the Fourth Framework Programme of European Community activities in the field of research and technological development and demonstration (1994 to 1998) (Decision 1110/94/EC of 26.4.1994, OJ No L 126 of 18.5.1994) and the Council Decision on the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of agriculture and fisheries (including agro-industry, food technologies, forestry, aquaculture and rural development), the Commission of the European Communities is inviting proposals for research and technological development (RTD) projects, demonstration projects, thematic networks, concerted actions and exploratory awards, cooperative research projects, as well as research training and mobility grants.

In conformity with Article 5.1 of the Decision on the specific programme, a work programme has been drawn up setting out the detailed objectives and types of projects to be undertaken, and the financial arrangements to be made for them.

Consortia of organizations eligible to participate (see Annex III) in the programme (universities, research centres and industries including SMEs and cooperatives) are invited to submit proposals for the areas and topics covered by the work programme set out below.

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

2. The Community's contribution to shared-cost RTD projects (including demonstration projects) will normally not exceed 50% of the total costs, with progressively lower participation the nearer the project is to the market place. Those universities and other institutions which do not have analytical budget accountancy will be reimbursed on the basis of 100% of the additional costs.

The Community contribution to thematic networks will normally not exceed ECU 20,000, in average per partner and per year, covering up to 100% of the additional costs for the coordination of the action and the implementation of activities.

The Community contribution to concerted actions will cover up to 100% of the costs of the concertation.

Proposals must arrive at the Commission by 15 March 1995.

3. Technology stimulation actions to encourage and facilitate the participation of SMEs (CRAFT): an award will be granted which will cover up to 75% of the costs of the exploratory phase, without exceeding ECU 45,000 or ECU 22,500 in the exceptional case of a single applicant SME; Community funding for cooperative research projects, involving at least four non-affiliated SMEs from at least two different Member States or from one Member State and one associated state, will normally cover 50% of the costs of the research.

Proposals from SMEs for exploratory awards or cooperative research projects are subject to a continuously open call and can be submitted from the date of this call up to the final dates specified hereafter:

- Proposals for an exploratory award, with a view to submitting at stage 2 a complete proposal for an RTD project: 12 June 1996 at 12:00;
- Proposals for an exploratory award, with a view to submitting at stage 2 a cooperative research project: 11 June 1997 at 12:00;
- Proposals for a cooperative research project (stage 2): 17 December 1997 at 12:00.

4. Training and mobility grants with a duration of 6 to 36 months maximum will be available for researchers who are citizens of a Member State of the European Union or of an associated State. The training activities must not take place in the applicant's country of citizenship or in which the applicant normally resides. These activities will be available to perform research, including ethical and social-economic aspects, in all areas of the programme. The general conditions governing research and training grants of the Training and Mobility of Researchers programme will be applied to the extent necessary for proper implementation of the Agriculture and Fisheries programme.

Applications can be continuously submitted in an open call during the period 1995-1997 with the following submission deadlines for two selections per year: 15 April 1995, 15 June 1995, 15 December 1995, 15 June 1996, 15 December 1996, 15 June 1997, 15 December 1997.

5. Information given to the Community relating to a proposal submitted or the contract will be treated in confidence.

6. Detailed information about procedures for the submission of proposals (Information package) and the contract that will be established with successful proposers are available on request from the Commission's services. Descriptions of work undertaken in earlier and related programmes are also available on request.

7. The outline work programme for this call for proposals is as follows:

Area 1: Integrated production and processing chains:

1.1. The biomass and bio-energy chain;
1.2. The "green" chemical and polymer chain;
1.3. The forestry-wood chain.

Area 3: Generic science and advanced technologies for nutritious foods:

3.1. Consumer nutrition and well-being;
3.2. New and optimized food materials and nutritious food products;

Area 4: Agriculture, forestry and rural development:

4.1. Reformed CAP, optimization of methods, systems and primary production chains. Agriculture-environment interactions. Policy relevant economic analysis and impact assessment;

4.2. Quality policy;
4.3. Diversification;
4.4. Animal and plant health, animal welfare;
4.5. Multifunctional management of forests;
4.6. Rural development;

Area 5: Fisheries and aquaculture:

5.1. Impact of environmental factors on aquatic resources;
5.2. Ecological impact of fisheries and aquaculture;
5.3. Biology of species for optimization of aquaculture;
5.4. Socio-economic aspects of the fishing industry;
5.5. Improved methodology.

The need for synergy and coherence between the preceding areas is underlined here and explained in detail in the work programme of the Information Package.

Area 6: Objectives addressed by concertation.

- Demonstration (Areas 4 & 5);
- Ethical, legal and social aspects - ELSA;
- Specific measures in support of SMEs (exploratory awards and cooperative research);
- Research training and mobility grants.

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