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Commission approves funding of 147 new research training networks

The European Commission has approved funding of ECU 190 million for 147 European research training networks following the second call for proposals under the Community's Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) programme.

The second TMR call, published in September 1996 (OJ...
The European Commission has approved funding of ECU 190 million for 147 European research training networks following the second call for proposals under the Community's Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) programme.

The second TMR call, published in September 1996 (OJ No C 271 and S 180 of 17.9.1996), attracted widespread interest with over 1,000 proposals submitted by the closing date of 3 February 1997. The proposals selected cover a wide range of research objectives including, among others:

- Assessing the environmental impact of transport systems;
- Improving automatic speech recognition in noisy conditions;
- Using lasers for environmentally-friendly cleaning;
- Carrying high currents through high-temperature superconductors;
- Developing a new generation of antibiotics;
- Fighting neuronal degeneration;
- Improving European educational performance;
- Constructing maintenance free buildings.

The rationale of TMR research training networks is to encourage research teams from a number of different countries to work together on top-quality joint research projects and then, within these projects, to promote the training and mobility of researchers, particularly young, post-doctoral researchers.

Two other important objectives of the TMR research training networks are to encourage cooperation between academia and industry and to promote scientific and technological cohesion. These objectives are built into the selection criteria for TMR networks.

The 147 networks to be financed will bring together over 1,100 of the top research teams in Europe. Around 2,000 young post-doctoral researchers are expected to benefit from Community financing to work in top-quality teams outside their home country for periods of several years.

A full list of TMR research networks (including the 147 just selected) can be found on the TMR World Wide Web site at:

http://cordis.europa.eu/tmr/src/network1.htm

T he site also includes details of job vacancies for young researchers within these networks.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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