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Call for proposals for the ESPRIT programme

The European Commission, DG III, has published a call for proposals for the specific programme for research and technological development, including demonstration, in the field of information technologies (ESPRIT).

Organizations eligible to participate in the programme are invited to submit proposals for the areas and topics covered by those parts of the work programme set out below. The research domains and tasks will be addressed, in general, in shared-cost research and technological development (RTD) projects. In addition, technology transfer and other actions supporting the objectives of the work programme may be undertaken.

The current call is the fifth call to be published by the ESPRIT programme. It completes a series of focused calls previewed in the Guide to Future Calls previously supplied with the information package. The frequency of calls in 1996 is expected to change. Information on this and the tasks expected to be called during 1996 will be available soon.

Proposals are presently being invited in the following specific areas:

- Software Technologies (ST):
. Software Intensive Systems Engineering;
. Emerging Software Technologies;
. Distributed Systems and Database Technology;
. Human Comfort and Security.

Trial applications are also being called for the following areas:

- Technologies for Components and Subsystems (TCS):
. Semiconductors:
. Microelectronics for product innovation: chips and multichip modules;
. Building blocks, methods and tools for semiconductor applications and technologies;
. Enhancement of technology and manufacturing base;
. Microsystems;
. Basic services and first users' actions;

- Multimedia Systems (MS):
. Multimedia technology;

- Long-Term Research (LTR):
. Reactiveness to industrial needs;
. Proactiveness;

- Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative (OMI):
. OMI Technology;
. OMI Systems Integration;
. OMI Exploitation and Awareness Actions;

- High-Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN):
. HPCN Simulation and Design;
. HPCN Information Management and Decision Support;

- Technologies for Business Processes (TBP):
. Best Business Practice Pilots.

The indicative budgetary allocation for this call is as follows:

- Software Technologies: ECU 38 million;
- Technologies for Components and Subsystems: ECU 53 million;
- Multimedia Systems: ECU 10 million;
- Long-term Research: ECU 15 million;
- High-Performance Computing and Networking: ECU 30 million;
- Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative: ECU 14 million;
- Technologies for Business Processes: ECU 20 million.

Detailed information about procedures, eligibility, submission of proposals, the contract established with successful proposers, the work programme and background material to the work programme is given in the information package which can be obtained from the Commission services. The information package contains an information request form through which specific documentation, if needed, may be obtained. Description of work undertaken in earlier and related programmes can also be obtained on request.
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