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Call for proposals for RTD actions under the INNOVATION programme

The European Commission has published a call for proposals for its specific programme for the dissemination and optimization of the results of activities in the field of research and technological development, including demonstration (1994-1998) (INNOVATION).

Organizations eligible to participate in the programme are invited to submit proposals for training and dissemination schemes, projects to promote and apply, at pan-European level, methodologies and best practice in the following areas:

- Increasing public awareness of science and technology and, more generally, of innovation;
- Securing the involvement of social actors (e.g. policy makers, technologists, private initiative/enterprises, citizens, etc.) in decisions concerning the implementation of new technologies.

The proposed methodologies and practices should have been successfully implemented, or be under development, at national level. Preference will be given to methodologies aiming at promoting early involvement of social actors to secure sustainable development in socially relevant sectors such as transport, health, environment, food and information and communications technologies.

Proposals will present an approach to identify and overcome social and cultural barriers to the circulation and utilization of these methodologies and best practices.

Ideal consortia should include partners from all the stages of the process, including:

- Research institutes, universities;
- Technology intermediaries, industrial and professional organizations;
- Educational bodies, local/regional authorities, other potential users.

Projects will be implemented in two stages:

- Adaptation/development and execution of a training/dissemination action for a trial period on a pilot scale. During this phase, the best conditions for implementation at the European level will be identified;

- Implementation on a real market configuration. During this stage an evaluation will be performed of public and institutional interest raised, qualitative and quantitative participation of final users and opportunity for further trans-regional dissemination.

The final result will be a modular set of tools to support the training and dissemination of the selected methodologies and practices. The tools will include appropriate supporting material to ensure a prompt and high impact (printed manuals, audio-visual material, PC-based software, etc.).

Project results will be made accessible to all European organizations and individuals who wish to use them to promote a social environment favourable to the innovation process. In addition, successful proposers will identify and train experts to support the further dissemination of the methodologies developed.

The Community reserves the right to request the contractors to make the final products available for a wider dissemination.

The Community contribution should normally not exceed 50% of the overall costs. In the case of proposals highly relevant for the objectives of the programme (e.g. involvement of the public in an open dialogue), funding could cover up to 100% of costs if market conditions and demand require it.

Those institutions that do not have an analytical budget will be reimbursed on the basis of 100% of additional costs. The indicative budgetary allocation for this action is ECU 2 million for the period 1996-1998. It is expected that the call will lead to the selection of four to six projects with a duration of two years.

Detailed information about procedures and eligibility for the submission of proposals, the selection criteria, the principles governing the Community contribution and the contract that will be established with successful proposers, is given in the information package.

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