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Call for proposals for BRITE/EURAM III programme

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a second call for proposals for research and technological development (RTD) projects, and proposals for preparatory, accompanying and support measures, under its specific RTD programme in the field of industrial and materials technologies (BRITE-EURAM III).

Organizations eligible to participate in this programme are invited to submit proposals for RTD projects (shared-cost actions) and for preparatory, accompanying and support measures in the following areas:

- Area 1: Production technologies:
. 1.1. Incorporation of new technologies into production systems;
. 1.2. Development of technologies for clean production;
. 1.3. Rational management of raw materials;
. 1.4. Safety and reliability of production systems;
. 1.5. Human and organizational factors within production systems;

- Area 2: Materials and technologies for product innovation:
. 2.1. Materials engineering;
. 2.2. New methodologies for product design and manufacture;
. 2.3. Reliability and quality of materials and products;
. 2.4. Technologies for recovering products at the end of their lifecycle;

- Area 3B: Technologies for modes of surface transport:
. 3B.1. Vehicle design and systems integration;
. 3B.2. Vehicle production;
. 3B.3. Technologies to improve vehicle efficiency;
. 3B.4. Environmental technologies;
. 3B.5. Technologies for vehicle safety;
. 3B.6. Technologies for vehicle operation.

Targeted research activities of industrial interest are encouraged (see Chapter III of the work programme) in order to meet the needs of industrial technological developments and to improve the competitiveness of European industry. Emphasis will be put on the integration of technologies and the transfer of knowledge to companies as well as on collaboration between suppliers, manufacturers and users, including, in particular, SMEs, as well as research centres and universities.

Actions will normally come under one of the categories defined in Chapter III of the work programme or will concern a specific objective in line with, for instance, the relevant activities of the task forces or other interservice groups.

Similar projects of industrial interest may concern other specific programmes of the Fourth Framework Programme. Proposers are requested to indicate them. The Commission will ensure their coordination.

Potential participants will be able to check, with the services concerned of the Commission, that their proposal is in accordance with the objectives of the programme and with the eligibility criteria before formally submitting their proposal. This pre-screening service will close 29 February 1996.

It should be noted that the earlier BRITE/EURAM call for proposals for thematic networks and technology stimulation activities to encourage and facilitate participation of small and medium-sized enterprises remains open until:

- 12 June 1996 (12.00) for proposals for an exploratory award, with a view to submitting, at stage two, a complete proposal for an RTD project (industrial research);
- 11 June 1997 (12.00) for proposals for an exploratory award, with a view to submitting, at stage two, a cooperative research project;
- 17 December 1997 (12.00) for proposals for a cooperative research projects (stage 2);
- 17 December 1997 (12.00) for proposals for thematic networks.

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