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Commission takes action to promote training and mobility of researchers in Europe

On a proposal from Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research, education and training, and Mrs. Emma Bonino, Commissioner responsible for fishing and consumer policy, the Commission has approved the adoption of 118 mobility grants for European researchers. These...
On a proposal from Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research, education and training, and Mrs. Emma Bonino, Commissioner responsible for fishing and consumer policy, the Commission has approved the adoption of 118 mobility grants for European researchers. These grants, which represent a total amount of ECU 9.9 million, have been adopted under six specific programmes of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme (1994-1998):

- Agriculture and fishing (42 grants);
- Biotechnology (49 grants);
- Environment and climate (8 grants);
- Marine science and technology (5 grants);
- Safety of nuclear fission (3 grants);
- Controlled thermonuclear fusion (11 grants).

The grants adopted come under the accompanying measures implemented by the various specific programmes of the Fourth Framework Programme and are separate from those allocated under the specific programme for the Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR). All grants have, however, been allocated according to the plan adopted by the TMR programme concerning eligibility criteria and applicable legal and financial provisions.

Training activities occupy a central place in the Fourth Framework Programme. Indeed, almost 10% of its total budget is devoted to "training-mobility" actions, including:

- Training through research;
- Development of research networks;
- Access to the large-scale facilities;
- Organization of courses and conferences.

These actions are intended to strengthen the scientific and technological potential of Europe. By contributing to the breaking down of barriers between the different national scientific communities, they allow the acquisition of new knowledge and stimulate researchers' creativity. They also improve, through the promotion of cooperation and the development of research networks, the efficiency of the whole European research system. In particular, they play an important role in encouraging university-enterprise partnerships and hence the diffusion and exploitation of RTD results.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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