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Commission approves 243 BRITE/EURAM industrial technologies and materials projects

On a proposal from Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research policy, 243 research projects have been adopted as a result of the second call for proposals of the BRITE/EURAM III programme for industrial technologies and materials. Launched on 15 December 1995 wi...
On a proposal from Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research policy, 243 research projects have been adopted as a result of the second call for proposals of the BRITE/EURAM III programme for industrial technologies and materials. Launched on 15 December 1995 with a closing date of 17 April 1996, the call attracted 940 proposals.

The BRITE/EURAM III programme, part of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme, uses a "global system" approach which includes technological, economic and environmental considerations, as well as R&D, in the process of innovation. Priority was given to multidisciplinary and multisectoral projects which explore all the aspects of a given technological branch.

The projects will share a budget of ECU 400 million and will add to the first 219 projects selected in 1995.

Nearly 4,500 companies replied to the second call, with a high percentage from industry. The 243 proposals accepted involve almost 1,800 participants, 30% being large companies, 33% SMEs (substantially more than in 1995), 20% universities and 17% research centres and other organizations. The majority of proposals were for industrial research projects (200) while the remainder were for basic research (43).

The breakdown of proposals by technological or industrial objective shows the significance of the programme for the transport and materials industries (with the automobile industry representing 18% and the materials engineering industry 17% of the projects selected).

Examples of projects include improving European machine tools, rapid prototyping applied to medicine, research in the textile sector, the "boom" in microsystems, biomaterials for serious burns, safer and quieter trains, and developing the "car of tomorrow".

Source: European Commission, Service du Porte-parole
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