The Biofuels TP was officially launched in June 2006. Since October 2006, a secretariat, partly funded by the EC, has supported all TP activities. A key achievement of the TP was the publication of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and the Strategy Deployment Document (SDD) in January 2008. Currently the Biofuels TP focuses on implementing the SRA/SDD and on contributing to the European Industrial Initiative on Bioenergy in the frame of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). The contract of the current secretariat will end in March 2009. The overall objective of this proposal for a continuation of the Secretariat is to proactively support the Biofuels TP with a view to its changing needs. The Secretariat will be responsible for all organisational, administrative and communication tasks. Organisation, preparation and follow-up of Steering Committee Meetings and Working Group Meetings (WP2) as well as the organisation of events such as Stakeholder Plenary Meetings and workshops (WP3) form an important part of the day-to-day work. Additional priority work areas will include the Secretariat actively supporting the TP via increased networking activities. These aim at identifying and creating synergies with other ongoing biofuels related R&D activities and will involve TPs, ERA-Nets and national as well as EU policy makers (WP-3). Furthermore, the Secretariat will develop “Research Priority Documents” to facilitate the implementation of the SRA (WP4). The new Secretariat will monitor biofuels related R&D developments, maintain databases and draft documents such as position and strategy papers for the Biofuels TP (WP5). Compared to the ongoing activities which mainly focus on organisational, administrative and communicative support, this proactive approach represents an innovative feature of the new Secretariat and will secure greater flexibility and increase action and communication capacities of the TP.
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