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INNOVATION - Funding agreed for 44 Technology Validation and Technology Transfer projects

Following the conclusion of evaluation procedures, the European Commission has approved funding for 44 Technology Validation and Technology Transfer projects selected as a result of the call for proposals launched in June 1997 (OJ No C 183 of 17.6.1997, p. 30).

Despite a limi...
Following the conclusion of evaluation procedures, the European Commission has approved funding for 44 Technology Validation and Technology Transfer projects selected as a result of the call for proposals launched in June 1997 (OJ No C 183 of 17.6.1997, p. 30).

Despite a limited budget, the Commission's third call for proposals for technology transfer and technology validation projects under the specific programme for dissemination and optimization of research results (INNOVATION) - the last under the Fourth Framework Programme - attracted a strong response, with some 245 applications received by the closing date of 6 October 1997. Assessments carried out during November 1997 by a team of independent experts resulted in a short list of 44 projects recommended for support, with an additional reserve list available if budgetary constraints permit.

The call covered a wide range of technological areas and industry domains, including: biochemistry, laser technologies, textile, medicine, microelectronics. Participants represented a variety of organizations, including large and small businesses (695 participants), research centres (176), and universities (128). As in previous calls for this type of project, the business sector was strongly represented in the accepted proposals (around 60%) - especially SMEs.

In accordance with the structure of the INNOVATION programme, selected proposals will first conduct a short (five month) "Definition Phase" in order to develop a clear workplan, financial plan and to carry out an in depth techno-economic feasibility study. Subject to a successful further review, the projects will then pass to the main "Implementation Phase".

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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