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Call for proposals for RTD actions under the specific programme for the training and mobility of researchers

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for proposals for research and technological development actions under its specific RTD programme for the training and mobility of researchers (1994-1998).

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

- Activity 4: accompanying measures (Euroconferences, summer schools and practical training courses).

The aim of the programme is to promote, through the stimulation of training and mobility of researchers, a quantitative and qualitative increase of human resources within the Union, and in the states associated to the programme of research and technological development, including demonstration.

The programme covers all fields of the exact, natural, economic and management sciences, as well as those social and human sciences that contribute to the objectives of the Community's Fourth Framework Programme.

In order to encourage the creativity and innovation of researchers in conceiving their projects, there are no pre-established targets or priorities in the fields covered by the TMR programme. Scientific merit will be the overriding criterion in the evaluation and selection of projects.

Euroconferences are to be high-level scientific meetings with a focused theme at the cutting-edge of research bringing together young researchers and established scientists. A Euroconference project would normally be a series of meetings, each lasting for several days and taking place in a closed environment. The number of participants will normally be between 30 and 100.

Summer schools are to provide advanced training for young researchers at post-graduate and post-doctoral level. Summer schools are to be organized around specific scientific themes and will have a defined syllabus. Interdisciplinary summer schools are encouraged.

Practical training courses are to be advanced courses organized in research institutes, scientific centres, or industrial laboratories with an emphasis on practical techniques and substantial hands-on or field experience for the participants.

The Community financing may only be used as a contribution to three types of expenses:

- Expenses related to the participation of young scientists;
- Up to 50% of the expenses related to the participation of invited keynote speakers and scientific organizers;
- Expenses related to organization.

Special attention will be paid to the participation of industrial laboratories in so far as this is relevant for the subject matter of the conference or course.
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