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Second call for proposals for the specific programme for telematics applications of common interest

The European Commission, DG XIII, has published a second call for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of telematics applications of common interest (1994-1998).

The new telematics applications programme was launched on 23 November 1994 as a specific programme of the Fourth Framework programme. The programme runs from 1994 until 1998 and will fund research and technological development and demonstrations of applications using information and communications technologies in four areas covering 13 different sectors of common interest.

In addition, programme support actions addressing issues common to all the sectors will be funded.

In the different sectors of the programme, the efficiency and quality of the services traditionally provided to the public could potentially be improved through the introduction or development of telematics-based systems and services. This new programme aims at building on the activities already carried out in sectors such as transport, health, education, libraries, telematics engineering, linguistic research and engineering, and electronic publishing. It will focus on how emerging technologies, many of which are multimedia-based, could be configured and adapted through projects into useful, user-friendly and cost-effective applications. Such applications would offer realistic solutions to the problems and basic needs of companies, other organizations and citizens. In addition, emphasis will also be placed on best practices and proven methods, techniques and tools to achieve these goals.

This approach means that in all projects the full involvement of users at all phases of a project is necessary. An approach based on cooperation between users and suppliers for mutual benefit will underpin the selection of projects.

The typical life-cycle of a project in the programme will have five phases:

1. Identification of user needs;
2. Translation of user needs into functional specifications;
3. Building a demonstrator;
4. Validation with users in a real-life situation;
5. Exploitation plan.

A proposal can enter the programme at any of the first four phases, provided the previous phases have been satisfactorily completed.

Support actions and telematics engineering need not follow this life-cycle.

A key feature of the telematics applications programme will be the emphasis on maximizing the use of generic technologies to achieve cost-effective solutions.

The programme welcomes cross-sectoral projects, and in particular those which undertake the validation of applications from a number of different sectors. Such proposals will receive favourable attention at the evaluation stage. Consortia of organizations are invited to submit proposals for RTD projects which follow this approach for the sectors listed below.

The total funding for projects across all the sectors concerned is likely to be in the region of ECU 52,000,000 and will generally be made available on a cost-shared basis, with funding up to 50%, or on 100% additional costs basis.

Full details of the tasks and the eligibility, evaluation and selection criteria are included in the information package, which describes how to make:

- A full formal proposal for submission by 15 June 1995;
- An optional outline proposal, which may be submitted by 30 April 1995 for prescreening and consultation involving the Commission services, if so desired by the proposers.

Outline proposals (which are optional) must be received at the proposals office by 30 April 1995 (17.00), local time. Full formal proposals must be received at the proposals office by 15 June 1995 (17.00), local time.

The Commission services may reject a proposal which does not follow the procedures outlined in the information package, conform to the eligibility criteria, or is received after the deadline of 15 June 1995.

Potential proposers are strongly advised to obtain all necessary information before making a proposal.

Sectors open for proposals (with indicative budget in brackets):

- Libraries (ECU 15,000,000);
- Language engineering - resources (ECU 10,000,000);
- Information engineering (ECU 19,000,000);
- Telematics engineering (ECU 8,000,000);
- Programme support actions in case of insufficient coverage of the topics open in the first call (within the budget of the first call).

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