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Second call for proposals for RTD actions under the Community's ACTS programme (1994-1998)

The European Commission has published a call for proposals for RTD actions under its specific programme in the field of advanced communications technologies and services (ACTS) (1994-1998).

Organizations eligible to participate in this programme are invited to submit proposals for the:

- Enhancement of involvement in the ACTS programme through:
. Enlargement of participation (in particular providing opportunities for SMEs to join existing ACTS projects);
. Horizontal links bridging field trials supported in different programmes at national, EU and international level;
. Vertical links bridging gaps between advanced communications trials in ACTS and user communities;
. Concerted actions providing specific fora for consensus formation and the consolidation of the development of guidelines for the introduction of advanced services;
. Secondment of young engineers as "visiting scientists" with ACTS projects and national host organizations outside their country of origin;

- Consolidation of technological work in the areas of:
. Cellular television and interactive multimedia environment;
. Harmonized control and management in photonic networks;
. Optimization of integrated and scalable high-speed networks;
. Satellite components for third-generation mobile and broadband wireless systems;
. Service creation process and experimental service development.

Special provisions are made for organizations and SMEs from Central and Eastern Europe who are eligible to be funded up to 50% of the costs of participation in ACTS RTD projects (under the programme for the promotion of international cooperation in the field of Community research with third countries).

To assist SMEs in exploring the opportunities offered by joining ACTS, small grants covering not more than 75% of the costs incurred in the search for partners, may be awarded on the basis of outline proposals submitted, in the context of this second call, by 15 October 1995. These will be selected following an evaluation.

Detailed information concerning the procedure to follow for the submission of proposals (information package), and the contract that will be established in respect of selected proposals, will be available on request from the Commission's services. The description of work undertaken in previous programmes and related activities will also be provided upon request.

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