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Commission extends deadline for submission of SME cooperative research proposals

In a recent decision designed to give small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) even more opportunity to participate in its Fourth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the European Commission has extended the last deadline for submitting "cooperative research" proposals to 8 April 1998.

Cooperative research, also known as CRAFT, is one of the "Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs" introduced under the Fourth Framework Programme to promote the participation of SMEs in the Community's research programmes. It allows groups of low- and medium-tech SMEs facing similar problems or opportunities to out-source the required RTD work to a third party (e.g. university or research organization).

Another mechanism of the "Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs" consists of exploratory awards, which provide SMEs with financial support for the preparation of project proposals (search for partners, market and innovation surveys, feasibility studies).

The "Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs" account for 30% of all SME participation and are implemented via a continuously open call allowing SMEs to submit proposals at any time during the year. Evaluations are carried out regularly three or four times a year.

The evaluation cut-off dates, by programme, for exploratory awards and cooperative research, are as follows:

- 11 June 1997:

- Exploratory Awards in the following areas (last deadline for this type of project):
. Industrial and Materials Technologies;
. Standards, Measurements and Testing;
. Biomedicine and Health Research;
. Agriculture and Fisheries;
. Environment and Climate;
. Marine Science and Technology;
. Non-Nuclear Energy (JOULE);

- Cooperative Research Projects in the following areas:
. Industrial and Materials Technologies;
. Standards, Measurements and Testing;
. Biomedicine and Health Research;
. Agriculture and Fisheries;
. Environment and Climate;
. Marine Science and Technology;
. Non-Nuclear Energy (JOULE);

- 17 December 1997:

- Cooperative Research Projects in the following areas:
. Industrial and Materials Technologies;
. Standards, Measurements and Testing;
. Biomedicine and Health Research;
. Agriculture and Fisheries;
. Environment and Climate;
. Marine Science and Technology;
. Non-Nuclear Energy (JOULE);

- 1 April 1998:

- Cooperative Research Projects in the following areas (last deadline for this type of project):
. Environment and Climate;

- 8 April 1998:

- Cooperative Research Projects in the following areas (last deadline for this type of project):
. Industrial and Materials Technologies;
. Standards, Measurements and Testing;
. Biomedicine and Health Research;
. Agriculture and Fisheries;
. Marine Science and Technology;
. Non-Nuclear Energy (JOULE).
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