Call for proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on

Competitive and Sustainable Growth

 

Call identifier: Growth – Dedicated call October 2000: M&T, Infrastructure

 

  1. In accordance with the Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 22, 1998, concerning the fifth framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities for the period 1998 to 2002 (hereinafter referred to as the fifth framework programme), and with the Council Decision of January 25, 1999, adopting the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on competitive and sustainable growth (hereinafter referred to as the specific programme), the European Commission hereby invites proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme.
  2. In conformity with Article 5 of the specific programme, a work programme, specifying detailed objectives and RTD priorities and an indicative timetable for their implementation, was drawn up by the European Commission to serve as the basis for implementing the specific programme. The objectives, priorities, indicative budget and types of indirect RTD actions referred to in this call notice correspond to those set out in the work programme.

  3. This call relates to:

Proposals called by a fixed deadline following which evaluation will take place. Proposals not having met this deadline will not be considered under this call notice.

3. The specific programme is implemented through indirect RTD actions as provided for in Annexes II and IV of the fifth framework programme and in Annex III of the specific programme.

Evaluation and selection criteria and modalities relevant to this call are given in the fifth framework programme, the specific programme, the Council Decision of December 22, 1998, concerning the rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities and for the dissemination of research results for the implementation of the fifth framework programme (hereinafter referred to as the rules for participation and dissemination), and the work programme. The fifth framework programme Manual of Proposal Evaluation Procedures, along with its annex on this specific programme, and the European Commission Regulation on the implementation of the rules for participation and dissemination, provide further details.

Information on these rules and on how to prepare and submit proposals is given in the Guide for Proposers, which can be obtained, along with the work programme and other information relating to this call, from the European Commission using one of the following addresses:

European Commission

DG RTD-C.O – GROWTH 2000

Email: growth@cec.eu.int

Fax: +32.2.296 67 57 or +32.2.295 80 72

Web: http://www.cordis.lu/fp5

4. Those eligible to participate in indirect RTD actions under the specific programme are hereby invited to submit proposals that address the following parts of the work programme:

Generic activities Measurements and Testing

Methodologies to support standardisation and Community policies
Measurements and testing anti-fraud methodologies
Support to the development of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs)

Support for research infrastructures

Support activities to medium and large-scale facilities
Setting up of virtual institutes
Reference data bases
Measurement and quality management infrastructures

This call for proposals is restricted to the following RTD topics:

I. MEASUREMENTS AND TESTING (INDicative budget 11 M€):

(i) Methodologies to support standardisation and Community policies

Subjects related to the standardisation activities of CEN

Materials testing:

Building and Construction:

Subjects related to the standardisation activities of CENELEC

Subjects related to the standardisation activities of ISO

(ii) Measurements and testing anti-fraud methodologies

Protecting European economic interests

Protecting the health and the safety of European citizens

 

(iii) Support to the development of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs)

Technical support for health and safety protection

II. Needs in support of research infrastructures (iNDICATIVE BUDGET 14 M€):

Thematic Networks related to :

(iv) Support activities to medium and large-scale facilities

(v) Setting up of virtual institutes

(vi) Reference data bases

(vii) Measurement and quality management infrastructures

 

NB
- For each of the above subjects a supporting document has been produced detailing the objectives to be met. This should be requested together with the Guide for Proposers before attempting to develop a proposal.
- Proposals for topics other than those listed above will not be accepted.

When submitting a dedicated call proposal for an RTD project, proposers may include an application for a Bursary for young researcher from Developing Countries. Further information on this scheme is given in the Guide for Proposers.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 15 March 2001 at 5pm (Brussels local time).

5. Proposers are encouraged to prepare proposals with a software tool (the Proposal Preparation Tool – ProTool) which is available from the Commission via internet, electronic mail or CD-ROM. It will help them prepare the administrative and technical information required.

Proposals are therefore preferably submitted in the following way:

- Made with the Proposal Preparation Tool and sent electronically, by use of a sealing mechanism, including encryption and server uploading or electronic mail.

The co-ordinator must request a digital certificate from the Commission’s certification authority for electronic signature of the proposal file. When the proposal has been finalised, it is then “sealed” and a short validation file (“fingerprint”) is created.

The validation file, which identifies the proposal file uniquely, must be sent (electronically or by fax) before the applicable deadline. The unmodified proposal file must be received electronically within 48 hours after the deadline.

Proposal may also be submitted in the following way:

-Made with the Proposal Preparation Tool and printed out by the co-ordinator, or prepared on the paper forms distributed with the Guide for Proposers.

To be receivable, proposals submitted on paper must be received by the Commission at the following address:

European Commission
DG RTD-C.O – GROWTH 2000- M&T,I –DC4 –October 2000

The Research Proposal Office (ORBN 8)

Square/Plein Frère Orban 8

1040 Brussels, Belgium

before the applicable deadline6

Further information is available in the Guide for Proposers.

Important Notice: The above constitutes a change with respect to previous calls where deadlines applied to submission. Deadlines now apply to receipt by the Commission.

Please note that failure to use the above address exactly as it is reproduced here could lead to delays in having your proposal received by the Growth Programme, and could correspondingly lead to your proposal not being received before the deadline.

Proposers are requested to use only one of the methods described above by which to submit proposals, and to submit only one version of any given proposal. In the case of an eligible proposal7 being received in both paper and electronic formats, only the electronic version will be evaluated.

  1. In all correspondence relating to this call (eg, when requesting information, or submitting a proposal) please make sure to cite the relevant call identifier.

In submitting a proposal, either on paper or electronically, proposers accept the procedures and conditions as described in this call and in the documents to which it refers.

All proposals received by the European Commission will be treated in strict confidence.

According to the rules for participation and dissemination and the European Commission regulation for implementing them, Member States and Associated States may have access, on presentation of a reasoned request, to useful knowledge which is relevant to policy-making. This knowledge must have been generated by those RTD actions supported as a result of this call and which addressed a part of the work programme specified as eligible for such access.

The European Community pursues an equal opportunities policy and, in this context, women are particularly encouraged to either submit proposals or to be involved in their submission.