PULMAN-XT IST research seminar
Introduction and objectives
PULMAN-XT is a Thematic Network for public libraries funded by the European
Union under IST FP5. It aims to extend the benefits of the PULMAN Network of
Excellence, which currently covering 26 EU member and candidate states, to
PULMAN and PULMAN-XT are targeted at policy makers, service managers and
researchers. The goals of the network are to strengthen the performance and
help achieve the potential of public libraries in a number of ways. Comprehensive
information on everything which PULMAN is doing can be found on
One of the goals of PULMAN-XT is to encourage future joint actions involving
public libraries, museums and archives operating at local level and to identify the
agenda for wider international co-operation.
To assist this process, PULMAN-XT would like to support people in each
participating country working in and with public libraries, local museums and
archives to take part in future IST research programmes.
Therefore, the aim of today‘s seminar is to bring together a potential RTD
Support Group, consisting of key players from the policy, practitioner, teaching
and research sectors to ensure that they are well-briefed on the opportunities for
involvement in IST FP6, which begins in 2003.
Programme (Duration 2-3 hours)
Part 1 – Background information
1 The European Union Research Framework Programmes (RFP)
– Action Lines/Key actions etc
– Projects, consortia, co-ordination and funding
– Support actions
2 Libraries, museums and archives in EU FP 3-5
– Telematics for Libraries
– Projects involv ing public libraries (see page 3)
– IST – Cultural Heritage Applications (see pages 7-8, 11-19)
– PubliCA and PULMAN (see page 8)
– Participation of ‗third countries‘ (see page 10)
3 Finding out
– Newsletters (see page 20)
– DIGICULT study (see page 21)
4 Cultural heritage in FP6
– e-Europe (see pages 22-28)
– Calls and priorities (see page 29)
– The European research area (see page 30)
– Prospects for involvement of non-EU member states (see pages 31-42)
– new funding mechanisms
– Prospects for local services (see pages 42-46)
– Draft workprogramme (see pages 47-92)
5 Proposals and negotiation (overview only)
– Structure and objectives
– Evaluation and review
– Contracting and negotiation
Part 2 – Defining the local IST national research agenda for local services
Discussion and exercise
Updated: 08 MARCH 2000
information, projects and services
In connection with the PubliCA concerted action in support of the development
and enhancement of public library services throughout the European Union, we
have collected a number of links for those who wish to research background
material or simply examine more closely what Telematics for Libraries has been
doing in area:
Studies and support actions
Something for everyone: Public Libraries and the Information Society.
First Pan-European Conference on Public Libraries in the Information
Age, 4-15 October 1999, Copenhagen. Organised by PubliCA: the
European Commission's Concerted Action for Public Libraries.
Concertation Meeting on Public Libraries: Luxembourg, 8 March 1999. A
report of this meeting is available from:
Conference on "Public Libraries in a New Europe", Budapest, Hungary,
25-27 September 1997. Some of the papers given at this conference are
available on the web.
Seminar on Public Libraries in the Information Society - Proceedings of a
workshop on know-how transfer of EC initiatives for public libraries to
Central and Eastern European countries held in Bad Münstereifel,
Germany, 9-11 April 1997.
Public libraries and the information society - Key background reading. A
new series of documents based on a recently completed study and
Knowledge Models for Library Services - Report by the NBBI (Project
Bureau for Information Management) in which special consideration is
given to the networked public library as a knowledge resource in the
Open Distance Learning in Public Libraries - Study report prepared for
Telematics for Libraries by the University of Central Lancashire
highlighting the need for libraries to become gateways for lifelong
European Projects involving public libraries
CHILIAS, Children in Libraries: improving multimedia virtual library access
and information skills.
DERAL, Distance Education in Rural Areas via Libraries - Emphasing the
mediating role of librarians in public libraries.
ILIERS, Integrated Library Information Education and Retrieval System
With special emphasis on local information services and on access by
various groups of users including children.
HERCULE, Heritage and Culture through Libraries in Europe.
LIBERATOR, Libraries in European Regions - Access to Telematics and
LISTED, Libraries Integrated System for Telematics-based Education.
Follows on from the work done by PLAIL - see below.
MOBILE, Extending European Information Access through Mobile
Libraries. Innovative mobile library services using mobile phones, CD-
ROM and video.
MUMLIB, Multimedia Technology in Libraries. A CD-ROM presenting 45
modern authors from Denmark, Ireland and Portugal.
PLAIL, Public Libraries and Independent Learners. Recommendations on
training public librarians to give proper assistance to adult independent
REACTIVE TELECOM, Residential Access to Information via Everyday
Telecommunications Tools. Use of the telephone and the television to
provide home access to information.
SPRINTEL, Speedy Retrieval of Information on the Telephone. Use of
voice technology to improve user access to library services.
VERITY, Virtual and electronic sources for information skills training
Public library information and projects
ARIADNE article - Sarah Ormes presents an extensive report on Public
Libraries in the Information Society
Ask a Librarian - An effective new service under the UK's EARL project
Bibnet - The Flemish public libraries network in Belgium
BINE - Coordinated by Bremen Public Library, the project is designed to
provide free access to the Internet in conjunction with current public
EARL homepage - UK initiative for connecting public libraries to the
Finnish list of public libraries - Finland is making rapid progress in
Folkbiblioteken på nätet - Forum för debatt, information och frågor.
Swedish public libraries site
LibraryNet helps to encourage Canadian libraries to connect to the
information highway and to one another in support of community
devleopment, electronic information services and lifelong learning.
Net Notions for Librarians - Bright ideas and resources for public libraries
interested in making the most of their WWW services
Public Libraries of Europe - An excellent site from Sheila and Robert
Harden providing comprehensive access to public libraries on a country-
Public libraries in Denmark - Jubii has a good library page with links to
Public libraries in the Netherlands - A comprehensive list maintained by
Public Libraries Pages - Interesting data from UKOLN
Public Libraries with Internet Services - Site maintained by St Joseph
County public library
Road Ahead programme - A Microsoft initiative, providing software, Web
access, training and support to libraries and schools in disadvantaged
areas of Europe on the basis of considerable U.S. experience of public
Spanish State Public Libraries - public library catalogues are accessable
from this central location
Stories From the Web: Development of a children's library Internet
Wisconsin Public Library Resource List - A well presented series of links of
relevance to libraries, education and technology
Individual public libraries - some interesting sites
Ballerup children's library - A site specially for children, now in Danish but
soon to be in English too
BPI - The Bibliothèque Publique de l'Information at the Pompidou Centre
Cologne - One of the most enterprising German sites
Databiblioteket - Copenhagen's computer library offering access to the
Internet and guidance in its use.
Dublin - The first Irish public library on the Web
Fredrika - A Finnish site in Swedish
Helsinki - The oldest European public library on the Web and a good
example of Finnish expertise.
Husavik - An interesting site in Iceland - in pure Icelandic.
London - An excellent starting point to investigate the libraries of London
and their services.
Maastricht - An attractive site from the Netherlands
New York Public Library - An enterprising US public library site
Oslo - A good Norwegian site with a number of interesting links, some in
Ronneby - A Swedish site with a range of features
Silkeborg - A Danish site with English-language information including a
case study of the library
St. Joseph County Public Library Home Page - In South Bend, Indiana,
the first public library on the Web
Turin - This well-designed Italian site includes a virtual visit around the
Other documents maintained at this site of interest to public
European Libraries enter the Internet - Progress report on recent
developments with many pertinent links to the public library sphere
National strategies - Links to national programmes and initiatives on
libraries in the Information Society. Contains many national policy
documents covering the role of public libraries
EBLIDA's declaration on the European Parliament's resolution on the role
of libraries in modern society.
The Leuven Communiqué highlighting four key roles for public libraries in
the Information Society:
Regional Information Services - a Role for Public Libraries in Europe:
Keynote report from the Liberator project
Task force on educational multimedia
Report from the European Comission's Task Force on Educational
Software and Multimedia which includes a recommendation that all public
libraries should offer free access to multimedia resources so that citizens
can benefit from information services, arts and cultural activities and
education and training facilities.
Other public library reports
National Survey of Public Libraries and the Internet: Progress and Issues:
1997 report from the US National Commission on Libraries and
Centre for the Public Library in the Information Society - An initiative of
the Department of Information Studies at the University of Sheffield
Virtually New - Creating the Digital Collection - A ground clearing report
from the UK, reviewing digitisation projects in local authority libraries and
archives and calling for an agency to be established to coordinate public
List of "Key actions" under the Fifth Framework Programme
(EC and Euratom)
Quality of life and management of living resources
Food, nutrition and health
Control of infectious diseases
The "cell factory"
Env ironment and health
Sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry and integrated development of rural areas
including mountain areas
The ageing population and disabilities
User-friendly information society
Systems and serv ices for the citizen
New methods of work and electronic commerce
Multimedia content and tools
Essential technologies and infrastructures
Competitive and sustainable growth
Innovative products, processes, organisation
Sustainable mobility and intermodality
Land transport and marine technologies
New perspectives for aeronautics
Energy, environment and sustainable development
Sustainable management and quality of water
Global change, climate and biodiversity
Sustainable marine ecosystems
The city of tomorrow and cultural heritage
Cleaner energy systems, including renewables
Economic and efficient energy for a competitive Europe
Controlled thermonuclear fusion (Euratom)
Nuclear fission (Euratom)
Improving human research potential and the socio -economic knowledge base
Improv ing human research potential and the socio-economic knowledge base
Participation from non-EU countries in FP5
The following tables, which are part of the Guide for Proposers Part 1, are updated
to take account of the evolv ing situation with regard to the participation of non-EU
legal entities in the Fifth Framework Programme.
Further details on Third Country Participation
in FP5 available on the INCO II Web Service
Box 4 - Participation from non-EU countries in FP5 (1)
ASSOCIATED CANDIDATES BULGARIA, REPUBLIC OF
STATES CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC,
MEMBERSHIP ESTONIA, HUNGARY, LATVIA,
may participate LITHUANIA, MALTA(2), POLAND,
WITH ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA:
COMMUNITY in force.
For TURKEY , please see footnote
( 3) .
EFTA-EEA ICELAND, LIECHTENSTEIN,
NORWAY: In force.
OTHERS ISRAEL : In force.
THIRD STATES (6) OTHER EUROPEAN ALBANIA, BOSNIA-
may participate HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA,
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF
WITHOUT YUGOSLAVIA, FORMER
COMMUNITY YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF
FUNDING MACEDONIA, SWITZERLAND(4)
(exceptionally with TURKEY (3) is also shown under
Community funding Mediterranean Partnership.
when duly justified
MICROSTATES AND TERRITORIES
as being essential
for achieving the
objectives of the
project) EUROPEAN ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN,
NIS BELARUS, GEORGIA, MOLDOVA,
MEDITERRANEAN ALGERIA, EGYPT, JORDAN,
PARTNERSHIP LEBANON, MOROCCO, WEST
BANK AND GAZA STRIP, SYRIA,
TUNISIA, TURKEY (3).
All above countries may participate project by
project if in conformity with the interests of the
Community and on a self financing basis.
COUNTRIES ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA,
WITH CANADA, CHINA, RUSSIA, SOUTH
COOPERATION AFRICA, USA: in force.
AGREEMENT INDIA: agreement signed
BRAZIL, CHILE: negotiations under way.
UKRAINE : negotiation mandate given by the
The above countries may participate in the fields
covered by the Co-operation Agreement, once in
force, and on a self financing basis.
ANY OTHER May participate project by project if in conformity
COUNTRY with the interests of the Community and on a self
financing basis, only if its participation is also of
substantial added value for implementing all or
part of the specific programmes in accordance
with its objectives.
INTERNATIONAL May participate project by project if in conformity
ORGANISATIONS(7) with the interests of the Community and on a self
Participation from third States and of International Organisations must take place
together with the minimum number of legal entities from the Community and
any Associated States.
1. Different rules apply for the specific programme ' Confirming the international role of Community re search'
(except for Associated States) and the EURATOM Framework Programme
2. Association agreement with Malta entered provisionally into force on 1st March 2001. For latest
information, please also consult http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/pas/ocp/ocp_index.htm.
3. Turkish research entities participate to the activities of FP5 as "other European" as well as candidate
countries non associated in FP5. They are still also shown under Medit erranean Partnership. For latest news
see also http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/pas/ocp/ocp_index.htm.
4. This association agreement is expected to enter into force sometimes in 2002. Once associated, that
status shall take precedence over any other and Switzerland shall not be considered as an "Other European"
country anymore. For more information on Swiss participation, http://www.cordis.lu/inco2/src/p-swiss.htm.
5. Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State (Holy See), Faeroe Islands (DK), Channel Islands (GB),
Isle of Man (GB), Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (NO).
6. In the case of a country becoming associated to FP-5, that status takes precedence over any other.
7. Community funding may also be granted if it is foreseen to use the facilities of an international
organisation that are based in a third country, should this use be essential for achieving t he objectives of
Welcome to Multimedia, Content, Tools, eContent and Internet Action Plan
KA3's activities and priorities
Who does ISTweb serve?
Multimedia in modern society
Multimedia: Enriching the Information Society
Propelled by an ever-present and ever-expanding internet, the world is undergoing a rapid
transformation from an industrial to an information-based society. Central to this evolution is a
repository of 'multimedia content and tools' that enlivens the Net and makes information-rich
applications and ideas a reality. As the technology behind this evolution continues to evolve and
improve, the foundations for ubiquitous multimedia throughout Europe are steadily being laid.
Pioneering Research and Development
Research and development is needed to reinforce Europe's position as a pioneer in multimedia
technologies. Key Action 3 (KA3) combines applied research, especially in the area of digital publishing,
e-culture and e-learning, with generic technology development to support more intelligent and user-
friendly provision, access and management of content. And, by exploring the multicultural and
multilingual aspects of IST, the research and demonstration activities emanating from this Key Action
reinforce the 'access for all' premise within the information society.
The objective of this domain is to foster research and technological development which:
Improves the functionality, usability and acceptability of future information products and services;
Enables linguistic and cultural diversity;
Stimulates creativity; and
Encourage lifelong learning through a special focus on education and training systems.
KA3's Activities and Priorities
The activities and priorities of the Multimedia Content and Tools Key Action are as follows:
New models, methods, technologies and systems for creating, processing, managing, networking, accessing and exploiting
digital content, including audio-visual content;
New technological and business models for representing information, knowledge and know-how, thus augmenting the
research dimension within KA3;
Work to addresses both applications-oriented research - focusing on publishing, audio-visual, culture, as well as education
and training - and generic research in language and content technologies for all applications areas; and
Work should cover all project types, including validation, take-up, 'concertation' and standards.
For a more detailed description of KA3's activities and priorities, refer to the Actions Line descriptions for
Who does ISTweb serve?
Key Action 3, Multimedia Content and Tools provides information via the IST web for:
Project participants & new applicants;
Industry and business partners (esp. information services, publishers, content creators, media and entertainment services,
Private and public user organisations (schools, libraries, museums and other educational and cultural establishments)
Multimedia in modern society
Multimedia is not a new concept. In fact it has existed in different guises for well over 20 years - think
of those slideshow evenings with accompanying music and light snacks. But it was in the 1990s that
the term began to take on the richness of meaning we in Europe understand. Today, the
technology landscape has expanded to encompass all facets of our daily lives - at work, at home and on
the move - and it is reaching ever-widening segments of society.
The internet, e-mail, mobile phones, etc. are becoming standard features for Europe's information
society to communicate, gain access to new services and to learn new skills. Entrepreneurs are using
IST to improve their competitiveness and create new business. Researchers are exploiting IST
applications to gain new insight into complex scientific problems. But these developments are just the
beginning of the 'digital revolution' resulting from the convergence of computing, communications and
Given the liberalisation of telecommunications, growing internet use, and the globalisation of
information communication technologies (ICT), technological development should continue its upward
trend over the next few years. In this context, research and technological development (RTD) in IST is
essential to maintain Europe's competitiveness and social cohesiveness.
'Multimedia Content and Tools' or Key Action (KA3) of the IST Programme has been created to manage
research projects aimed at fostering and stimulating these all-important technologies of the future.
Implemented together with other non-research programmes (eContent and Internet Action Plan) KA3 is
part of the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission. KA3, or Directorate D,
is based in Luxembourg
KA3 and the website it manages should be a primary information source and support environment for
all parties interested in emerging and converging ICT and multimedia content, which can be tak en to
Interactive electronic publishing;
Digital heritage and cultural content;
Education and training;
Human language technologies;
Information access, filtering, analysis and handling.
See below for a more detailed definition of 'multimedia'. For more information about the IST, FP5 or
other Commission activities, we recommend you visit our Useful Links page ...
Using computers and/or digital features to present visual and audio content in a meaningful context.
Elements include: animation, audio components, CD-ROM, computer entertainment, convergence
media, data compression, DVD, graphics and graphics interfaces, hypermedia, text, video,
videoconferencing, virtual reality, … and an ever expanding list of technologies in this growth area.
For more information consult the multimedia glossary available on this site.
From policy to practice
DigiCult in IST calls
Calls in related sectors
Help to prepare your proposal?
From policy to practice
Calls launched at regular intervals in the EU Research and Development domain under successive
Framework Programmes and published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European
Communities invite interested parties to submit for evaluation and selection proposals for various types
of projects eligible for funding.
Calls are linked with certain Action Lines which address research topics and priorities in each of the
five interrelated ''Multimedia Content and Tools" (KA3) areas. Projects submitted in response to the
same action line share common research goals and can thus be grouped together.
Action Lines for which calls are issued form the basis of annual Work Programmes. These contain
plans for research activities to be undertaken in the Information Society Technologies (IST) sector each
In the course of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for research, technological development and
demonstration activities (1998-2002), eight calls for proposals have been published in the IST sector,
from which a total of 110 DigiCult projects were selected and received funding.
- Click here to access all calls launched in the IST programme under FP5.
- Download Workprogramme 2002 which supported Call 8, the last IST call published under FP5.
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DigiCult in IST calls
Calls for proposals of relevance to the DigiCult sector are now closed. New calls for proposals will be
launched under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). To help Europe's research community prepare
for the first calls of FP6, a call for Expressions of Interest was published which closed in June 2002.
Past IST Calls and Action Lines relevant to DigiCult
- 8th Call for Proposals: Last call under FP5.
Opened: 16 November 2001
Closed: 21 February 2002
Action lines of interest to the DigiCult sector were:
IST-2002-III.5.1: KA3 Specific support measures
This action line aimed to prov ide opportunities for aggregating the results emerging from KAIII actions launched in FP5 and to document and disseminate them widely
so as to improv e k nowledge and best practice sharing, and accelerate technology tak e-up and roll-out, across Europe.
IST-2002-III.5.2: Preparing for future research activities
In an effort to prepare for future research activ ities under the 6th Framework Programme and to support RTD activ ities that link the current and future research
priorities, this action line intended to initiate a number of activ ities to prepare for RTD roadmaps and explore collaborativ e schemes that could be implemented using
the new instruments proposed by the Commission for the next Framework Programme.
Projects adopted: ORION, FIRST, E-CULTURENET
IST-2002-III.5.3: KA 3 Pioneering Research
In an effort to prepare for future research activ ities under the 6th Framework Programme and to support RTD activ ities that link the current and future research
priorities, this action line aimed at future paradigms for next-generation knowledge and interface technologies.
IST-2002-V.1.15 CPA15: Technology platforms for cultural and arts creative expressions
This action line aimed to dev elop future generic platforms and tools for improv ing creativ e expression and facilitating access to inspirational material for artistic and
cultural content creation. Applications included creativ e work in media production, cultural assets exploitation, artistic design, and facilitate contemporary arts and
performance. Work will tak e adv antage of, and dev elop technologies for v irtual, augmented and mixed realities, new display s, and multisensory and multimodal
Projects adopted: MUSICNETWORK, ART-E-FACT
IST-2002-VIII.1.2: Network of excellence and working groups
Project adopted: PULMAN XT
IST-2002-VIII.1.6: Enabling RTD cooperation with newly associated states
Project adopted: HEREIN 2E
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- 7th Call for Proposals
Opened: 7 July 2001
Closed: 17 October 2001
Action lines from which DigiCult projects resulted:
IST-2001-VIII.1.2: Network of excellence and working groups
Project adopted: MINERVA
IST-2001-VIII.1.8: Dissemination and awareness of IST programme results
Project adopted: DIGICULT FORUM
- 6th Call for Proposals
Opened: 27 January 2001
Closed: 25 April 2001
IST-2001-III.1.2: Heritage for all
Projects adopted:CHIMER, CIPHER, COINE, MEMORIAL, ERPANET, DHX
IST-2001-III.1.3: Next Generation of Digital Collections
Projects adopted:VIHAP3D, CHLT, SCIX, ORIEL, OMNIPAPER
IST-2001-III.5.1: x-content futures
Project adopted: D-LIB CENTER
IST-2001-VIII.1.3: Channelling of standardisation and interoperability initiatives
Project adopted: MUSENIC
IST-2001-VIII.1.6: Enabling RTD cooperation with Newly Associated States
Project adopted: DELOS
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- 5th Call for Proposals
Opened: 14 October 2000
Closed: 15 January 2001
Action line from which DigiCult projects resulted:
IST-2000-VIII.1.1: Project clusters
Projects adopted: EMII-DCF, OAF, TRIS
- 4th Call for Proposals
Opened: 25 July 2000
Closed: 31 October 2000
Action lines from which DigiCult projects resulted:
IST-2000-III.1.5: Trials on new access modes to cultural and scientific content
Projects adopted: See our tak e-ups cluster
IST-2000-III.1.6: Virtual representations of cultural and scientific objects
Projects adopted: ARCO, MULTIMOD, PURE-FORM, VITRA, VS
IST-2000-III.1.3:Trials and test-beds for digital content authoring and personalising
Project adopted: ARCHIVIEW
IST-2000-III.1.3: Working groups and dissemination and awareness actions
Projects adopted: BIONET, CLEF, CULTIVATE-RUSSIA, HEREIN2
IST-2000-VIII.1.6: Enabling RTD cooperation with third countries
Project adopted:HERITAGENET 2
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- 3th Call for Proposals
Opened: 10 February 2000
Closed: 10 May 2000
Action line(s) from which DigiCult projects resulted:
IST-2000-III.1.4: Access to digital collections of cultural and scientific content
Projects adopted:ARION, CHIOS, CYCLADES, EVAN, LEAF, LIBECON, MESMUSES, MIND,
OPENHERITAGE, PULMAN, REGNET, TEL
- 2nd Call for Proposals
Opened: 1 October 1999
Closed: 17 January 2000
Action line(s) from which DigiCult projects resulted:
IST-1999-III.2.4: Digital preservation of cultural heritage
Projects adopted: 3DMURALE, AMICITIA, CELIP, COLLATE, CRISATEL, META-E, PAST, PRESTO
- 1st Call for Proposals
Opened: 19 March 1999
Closed: 16 June 1999
Action line(s) from which DigiCult projects resulted:
IST-1999-III.2.3: Access to scientific and cultural heritage
Projects adopted: ASH, ARCHEOGUIDE, ARTISTE, BRAVA, COVAX, CULTIVATE-EU, REYNARD,
IST-1999-III.2.2: Content management and personalisation
Projects adopted:ECHO, ETB, DELOS
IST-1999-III.2.1: Authoring and design systems
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Calls in related sectors
- In other Multiledia Content and Tools (KA3) Units:
Interactive electronic publishing
Education and Training
Information, Access, Filtering, Analysis and Handling (IAF)
- In eContent
- In other European Commission programmes with a cultural dimension
Help to prepare your proposal?
- For calls under FP5:
Follow these links for general information and guidance to make a proposal.
- For calls under FP6:
If you are interested in preparing a proposal for submission under FP6, now is the time to start
looking for partners:
the CORDIS Partners Service will help you establish a partnership!
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The objective of this Action Plan is to provide a favourable environment for
private investment and for the creation of new jobs, to boost productivity, to
modernize public services, and to give everyone the opportunity to participate in
the global information society. eEurope 2005 therefore aims to stimulate
secure services, applications and content based on a widely available
The Barcelona European Council called on the Commission to draw up an
eEurope action plan focussing on ―the widespread availability and use of
broadband networks throughout the Union by 2005 and the development of
Internet protocol IPv6 …. and the security of networks and information,
eGovernment, eLearning, eHealth and eBusiness ‖1
This action plan will succeed the eEurope 2002 action plan endorsed by the Feira
European Council in June 2000. eEurope is part of the Lisbon strategy to make
the European Union the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based
economy with improved employment and social cohesion by 2010.
eEurope 2002, with the joint effort of all stakeholders, has already delivered
major changes and has increased the number of citizens and businesses
connected to the Internet. It has reshaped the regulatory environment for
communications networks and services and for e-commerce and opened the
door to new generations of mobile and multimedia services. It is providing
opportunities for people to participate in society and helping the workforce to
acquire the skills needed in a knowledge-driven economy. It is bringing
computers and the Internet into schools across the Union, bringing governments
on-line and focusing attention on the need to ensure a safer online world.
The information society has much untapped potential to improve productivity
and the quality of life. This potential is growing due to the technological
developments of broadband and multi-platform access, i.e. the possibility to
connect to the Internet via other means than the PC, such as digital TV and 3G.
These developments are opening up significant economic and social
opportunities. New services, applications and content will create new markets
and provide the means to increase productivity and hence growth and
employment throughout the economy. They will also provide citizens with more
convenient access to information and communication tools.
Most services are provided by the market. Developing new services needs
significant investment, most of it from the private sector. But there is a problem:
funding more 1 Barcelona European Council, Presidency Conclusions, paragraph
40(http://ue.eu.int/en/Info/eurocouncil/index.htm) advanced multimedia services
depends on the availability of broadband for these service to run on, while
funding broadband infrastructure depends on the availability of new services to
use it. Action is needed to stimulate services and infrastructure to create the
dynamic where one side develops from the growth of the other. Both
developing services and building infrastructures are mainly tasks for the private
sector and eEurope will create a favourable environment for private investment.
This means not only developing an investment friendly legal framework but also
taking actionthat stimulates demand and so reduces uncertainty to private
eEurope 2005 applies a number of measures to address both sides of the
equation simultaneously. On the demand side, actions on e-government, e-
health, e-learning and e-business are designed to foster the development of new
services. In addition to providing both better and cheaper services to citizens,
public authorities can use their purchasing power to aggregate demand and
provide a crucial pull for new networks.
On the supply side, actions on broadband and security should advance the roll-
out of infrastructure. The Lisbon strategy is not just about productivity and
growth but also about employment and social cohesion. eEurope 2005 puts users
at the centre. It will improve participation, open up opportunities for everyone
and enhance skills. eEurope contains measures regarding e-inclusion in all action
lines. One important tool to achieve this is to ensure multi-platform provision of
services. It is generally accepted that not everyone will want to have a PC.
Making sure that services, especially online public services, are available over
different terminals such as TV sets or mobile phones is crucial to ensuring the
inclusion of all citizens.
The eEurope action plan is based on two groups of actions which reinforce each
other. On the one hand, it aims to stimulate services, applications and
content, covering both online public services and e-business; on the other hand
it addresses the underlying broadband infrastructure and security matters.
The action plan comprises four separate but interlinked tools Firstly, policy
measures to review and adapt legislation at national and European level; to
ensure legislation does not unnecessarily hamper new services; to strengthen
competition and interoperability; to improve access to a variety of networks; and,
to demonstrate political leadership. eEurope 2005 identifies those areas where
public policy can provide an added value and therefore focuses on a limited set
of actions in priority areas. Some key targets are:
· Connecting public administrations, schools, health care to broadband
· Interactive public services, accessible for all, and offered on multiple platforms
· Provide online health services
· Removal of obstacles to the deployment of broadband networks
· Review of legislation affecting e-business
· Creation of a Cyber Security Task Force
Secondly, eEurope will facilitate the exchange of experience, of good practices
and demonstration projects, but also of sharing the lessons from failures.
Projects will be launched to accelerate the roll-out of leading edge applications
Thirdly, policy measures will be monitored and better focussed by enchmarking
of the progress made in achieving the objectives and of the policies in support of
Fourthly, an overall co-ordination of existing policies will bring out
synergies between proposed actions. A steering group will provide a better
overview of policy developments and ensure a good information exchange
between national and European policy makers and the private sector. This
steering group would also make an early participation of candidate countries
By 2005, Europe should have:
– modern online public services
– a dynamic e-business environment
and, as an enabler for these
– widespread availability of broadband access at competitive prices
– a secure information infrastructure
This action plan is a proposal to Member States to take some far-reaching
commitments. It is an invitation to the private sector to work with the
Commission and Member States to realise the eEurope objectives. It sets out the
initiatives the Commission will or is willing to take. Overall the action plan sets
the scene for a coordinated European policy approach on information society
issues. The eEurope action plan should be confirmed as a key element in the
Lisbon strategy. If successful, this plan will have a significant impact on growth
and productivity, employment and social cohesion in Europe.
The European Council in Sevilla is expected to endorse an Action Plan
and invite Council and Parliament to adopt as quickly as possible the
necessary legal and budgetary instruments to implement it.
eEurope: creating cooperation for digitisation
"Europe's cultural and scientific knowledge resources are a unique public
asset forming the collect ive and evolv ing memory of our diverse societies and
providing a knowledge basis for the development of our content industr ies in
a sustainable knowledge society." - Lund Pr inciples
The challenge is to unlock these resources for the present and the future. As
part of meeting this challenge the European Commission and the Member
States have been wor king together on creat ing co-operation for digitisat ion.
Digitisation and the eEurope Action Plans http:/// - digitisation
Lund Principles - a shared activity
Lund Principles - in summary
National Representatives Group 4
An evolving agenda 5
Digitisation and the eEurope Action Plans
Digitisation is a key staging post if Europe is to exploit in the new digital world
the rich cultural and scientific resources it holds. Digitisation contributes to the
conservation and preservation of heritage and scientific resources; it creates new
educational opportunities; it can be used to encourage tourism; and it provides
ways of improving access by the citizen to their patrimony.
The critical role that it plays was recognised in the eEurope 2002 Action Plan
endorsed by the EU Member Sates at the Feira European Council in June 2000.
Amongst the objectives of the Action Plan is that of stimulating European content
in global networks in order fully to exploit the opportunities created by the
advent of digital technologies.
One specific action invited Member States and the Commission jointly to:
…’create a co-ordination mechanism for digitisation programmes
across Member States’...
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There is considerable financial and human effort invested in projects and in a
variety of digitisation campaigns across Europe but these activities are heavily
fragmented and there are many obstacles to making such initiatives successful,
economic and sustainable over time.
These hurdles include: the diversity of approaches to digitisation; the risks
associated with the use of inappropriate technologies and inadequate standards;
the challenges posed by long term preservation and access to digital objects;
lack of consistency in approaches to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR); and the
lack of synergy between cultural and new technology programmes.
Better awareness of what is going on in other countries (and within countries) at
policy and project level, guidelines, development of best practice, promoting the
use of standards which support interoperability - these all contribute to providing
better access to digitised resources and to improving the effectiveness of
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Lund Principles - a shared activity
The Cultural Heritage Applications Unit of the Information Society Directorate
General has been actively working since late 2000 with Member States on how to
co-ordinate approaches to digitisation, with the encouragement and support of
The framework for the actions was launched at an experts meeting of
representatives from all countries, held in Lund on 4 April 2001. The conclusions
and recommendations of this meeting were agreed as the ‗Lund Principles‘
(http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ka3/digicult/lund_principles.htm) developed into the
‗Lund Action Plan‘ (http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ka3/digicult/lund_ap_browse.htm)
both of which are now available in all EU languages.
These established an agenda for actions to be carried out by Member States, by
the Commission, and by Member States and Commission jointly. The approach is
one of collaborative inputs and shared responsibilities across the different actors
involved, ranging from bottom-up involvement of the cultural institutions
themselves, for example in determining cases of best practice, to top-down
initiatives on policies.
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Lund Principles - in summary
The main conclusions were that the Member States could make progress on the
eEurope objective if they:
established an ongoing forum for coordination;
supported the developing of a European view on policies and
developed mechanisms to promote good practice and consistency of
practice and skills development;
worked in a collaborative manner to make visible and accessible the
digitised cultural and scientific heritage of Europe.
The Commission could help achieve the eEurope objectives by:
supporting coordination activities;
enabling the creation of centres of competence;
fostering the development of benchmarking standards for digitisation
encouraging a framework that would enable a shared vision of European
and assisting Member States to improve access and awareness for citizens
through enhancing trhe quality and usability o content and the
development of models to enable eCulture enterprises.
'An Open Method for Benchmarking Digitisation Policies - Objectives,
Methodology and Indicators' has been proposed by European Commission to the
Member States representatives as a tool to exchange good practices and to
improve national practices, coordination and investments. Member States have
adopted the model, included benchmarking approach as a basis tool in the Lund
Principles and they have established a Benchmarking Workgroup with experts
nominated officially by national authorities.
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National Representatives Group
A National Representatives Group (NRG), made up of officially nominated experts
from each Member State, has been established to act as "a steering group for
the activities related to the co-ordination of digitisation policies and programmes,
with special emphasis on cultural and scientific resources and on the contribution
of public cultural institutions." Its stated mission is to monitor progress regarding
the objectives encapsulated in the 'Lund Principles'.
The NRG held its first meeting in Brussels on 11 December 2001, the second
meeting took place in Alicante, Spain on 16-17 May 2002. These meetings, will
continue to take place every 6 months under the chairmanship of the current
Presidency. The 3rd NRG meeting will take place in Copenhagen on 10-11
December 2002 under the Danish Presidency.
The NRG will share national experiences and create a common platform for
cooperation and coordination of national activities across the European Union, as
well as for their follow up at national level. It provides a stable, continuing focus
for consensus building between Member States, for promoting good practice,
and for encouraging initiatives to support the visibility of quality cultural sites. As
conclusion of that important meeting an important progress of the digitisation
agenda has been reported and 'Terms of Reference' have been produced.
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An evolving agenda
Since Lund, work has progressed through a series of meetings, again involving
national experts from across the EU and with the aim of putting into place
practical co-operation schemes. These are supported by smaller working groups,
which have initially focussed on national policy profiles, on sharing national
inventories and on metadata, on benchmarking, and on quality in cultural web
sites. Progress is reflected in updates to the Lund Action Plan.
Each plenary meeting often further develops a specific focus: the Lund meeting
paid special attention to policy profiles and to benchmarking; the next meeting
held in Brussels on 17 July 2001 introduced the topic of quality and the proposal
to develop the Brussels Quality Framework. The meeting planned under the
Spanish Presidency will discuss digital preservation aspects. Each National
Representative has produced a 'Status Report', in which the extent of
dissemination and consensus building about 'Lund Principles' and 'Terms of
reference' are summarized. On the second meeting day the Spanish Presidency
organised a 'workshop on good practices on digitisation';
Further support comes from MINERVA, a Network of Excellence funded under
the IST Programme. MINERVA, with an initial membership of seven Ministries or
related national bodies, provides a collaborative framework for the Lund Action
Plan and its working groups. MINERVA aims to extend its network to all Member
States in the short term.
National policy profiles have been created on the basis of an initial common
questionnaire and all Member States have undertaken to publish these on an
appropriate national site to which these pages will link.
The exchange of information and best practice on digitisation policies is
supported by the work on developing a Framework for benchmarking digitisation
At European level, these activities have been lent added support from recent
Council Resolutions of 21st January 2002 on Culture in the knowledge society
(2002/C 32/01) and Role of culture in the development of the European Union
(OJ, 2002/C 32/01). Both were published in the Official Journal 5 February 2002,
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The European Research Area (ERA)
European Research Area developments
The creation of a European Research Area was proposed by the European Commission
in January 2000 in its communication "Towards a European Research Area".
"The aim of this communication is to look at how to progress towards a better
organisation of research in Europe and to put forward suggestions for consideration and
debate. The idea is to create a European research area. This is not a new idea, but the
conditions required to progress towards achieving this now seem to be in place.
How should this idea of a European research area be defined? It should embrace in
particular the following aspects:
Networking of existing centres of excellence in Europe and the creation of virtual
centres through the use of new interactive communication tools.
A common approach to the needs and means of financing large research facilities
More coherent implementation of national and European research activities and
closer relations between the various organisations of scientific and technological
cooperation in Europe.
Better use of instruments and resources to encourage investment in research
and innovation: systems of indirect aid (within the Community rules on State
aid), patents, risk capital.
Establishment of a common system of scientific and technical reference for the
implementation of policies.
More abundant and more mobile human resources:
Greater mobility of researchers and introduction of a European dimension to
More prominence to the place and role of women in research.
Stimulating young people‘s taste for research and careers in science.
Greater European cohesion in research based on the best experiences of
knowledge transfer at regional and local levels and on the role of the regions in
the European research efforts.
Bringing together the scientific communities, companies and researchers of
Western and Eastern Europe.
Improving the attraction of Europe for researchers from the rest of the world.
Promotion of common social and ethical values in scientific and technological
extract from the Commission's Communication "Towards a European Research Area"
DECISION No 1513/ 2002/ EC OF THE EUROPEA N PARLIAMENT A ND OF THE COUNCIL
of 27 June 2002 concerning the sixth framework programme of the European Community for research,
technological development and demonstration activities, contributing to the creation of the European
Research Area and to innovation (2002 to 2006)
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT A ND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUR OPEAN UNIO N, Having regard to the Treaty
establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 166(1) thereof, Having regard to the
proposal from the Commission ( 1), Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social
Committee (2), Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions ( 3), Acting in accordance
with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty ( 4)
(1) For the fulfilment of the tasks laid down in Article 2 of the Treaty, Article 163 of the Treaty
provides that the Community is to have the objective of strengthening the scientific and technological
bases of Community industry and encouraging it to become more competitive at international level,
while promoting research activities deemed necessary by virtue of other Community policies.
(2) Article 164 of the Treaty enumerates the activities the Community is to carry out in pursuing these
objectives, complementing the activities carried out in the Member States.
(3) The Treaty provides for the adoption of a multiannual framework programme setting out all
Community research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities. This framework
programme fully respects the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty.
(4) Pursuant to Article 165 of the Treaty, the Community and Member States are to coordinate their
research and technological development activities so as to ensure that national policies and
Community policy are mutually consistent.
(5) In 2000 the Commission submitted two communications, respectively on the prospects for and
the objectives of creating a European Research Area, and on making a reality of the European
Research Area and guidelines for European Union research activities in the period 2002 to 2006. In
2000 the Commission also submitted a communication on innovation in a
(6) The European Councils in Lisbon in March 2000, Santa Maria de Feira in June 2000 and Stockholm
in March 2001 adopted conclusions aimed at the rapid establishment of a European research and
innovation area with a view to sustainable economic growth, more employment and social cohesion
with the ultimate goal of enabling the Union, by 2010, to become the world's most competitive and
dynamic knowledge economy.
Building upon the obligation of Article 6 of the Treaty, the Gˆteborg European Council in June 2001
agreed ona strategy for sustainable development and added a third, environmental dimension to the
Lisbon strategy. In particular, the European Council in Lisbon underlined the importance of the
Commission's e-Europe initiative, which aims at an information society for all, while the Stockholm
European Council also stressed the need to make particular efforts in new technologies, especially
(7) The European Parliament ( 1) (2), the Council (3) (4), the Economic and Social Committee (5) and
the Committee of the Regions (6) have also supported the creation of the European Research Area.
(8) On 19 October 2000 the Commission submitted the conclusions of the external assessment of the
implementation and results of the Community activities carried out in the five years preceding that
assessment, accompanied by its observations.
(9) The sixth framework programme should have a structuring effect on research and technological
development in Europe, including the Member States,associated candidate countries and other
associated countries and make a significant contribution to the establishment of the European
Research Area and to innovation.
(10) In accordance with Article 166(1) of the Treaty, it is necessary to establish the scientific and
technological objectives and to fix the relevant priorities for the activities envisaged, the maximum
overall amount, the detailed rules for Community financial participation in the sixth framework
programme, as well as the respective shares in each of the activities envisaged, and to indicate the
broad lines of the activities in question, which will be implemented in compliance with the objective of
protecting the Community's financial interests. It is important to ensure sound financial management
of the sixth framework programme.
(11) It is appropriate to place special emphasis on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs), bearing in mind the European Charter for Small Enterprisesendorsed by the Feira European
Council, whose principles and eighth line for action aim to strengthen the technological capacity of
small enterprises, and to facilitate access to the best research and technology.
(12) The sixth framework programme should provide an important contribution, covering the full
spectrum from basic to applied research, to the development of scientific and technical excellence and
to the coordination of European research. The framework programme should stress the importance of
involving associated candidate countries in the Community's research policy and in the European
(13) Specific targeted projects and coordination actions may also be used as a ëstairway of excellenceí
to facilitate the access of smaller research actors of scientific excellence, including SMEs, as well as
research actors from associated candidate countries, to the activities of this framework programme.
(14) The participation of the outermost regions in Community RTD actions through appropriate
mechanisms adapted to their particular situation should be facilitated.
(15) The international and global dimension in European research activities is important in
the interest of obtaining mutual benefits. The sixth framework programme is open to the
participation of countries having concluded the necessary agreements to this effect, and
is also open on the project level, and on the basis of mutual benefit, to the participation of
entities from third countries and of international organizations for scientific cooperation.
Specific activities will be undertaken in support of participation of scientists and
institutions from developing countries, Mediterranean countries including the western
Balkans as well as Russia and the new independent states (NIS).
(16) The Joint Research Centre should contribute to the implementation of the framework programme,
where it can provide independent, customer-driven support for the formulation and implementation of
Community policies, including the monitoring of implementation of such policies, in the areas of its
(17) Research activities carried out within the sixth framework programme should respect fundamental
ethical principles, including those which are reflected in Article 6 of the Treaty on European Union and
in the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
(18) Following the Commission communication ëA mobility strategy within the European Research
Areaí, the mobility of researchers will be promoted, with a view to the successful creation of the
European Research Area.
(19) Following the Commission communication ëWomen and Scienceí and the Resolutions of the
Council of 20 May 1999 [etc]………, an action plan is being implemented in order to reinforce and
increase the place and role of women in science and research, and further enhanced action is
(20) The Commission should submit regular progress reports to the European Parliament and the
Council on the implementation of the sixth framework programme. It is also appropriate that the
Commission, in good time and before submitting its proposal for the seventh framework programme,
has an independent assessment carried out of the implementation of the activities undertaken,
bearing in mind the contribution of the sixth framework programme to the creation of the
European Research Area, which should be done in a spirit of openness with respect to all the relevant
(21) Implementation of the sixth framework programme may give rise to the participation of the
Community in programmes undertaken by several Member States or to the setting up of joint
undertakings or other arrangements within the meaning of Articles 169 to
171 of the Treaty.
(22) The Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST) has been consulted,
HAVE DECIDED AS FO LLO WS:
1. A multiannual framework programme for Community research, technological development and
demonstration activities, hereinafter referred to as the ësixth framework programmeí is hereby
adopted for the period 2002 to 2006.
2. The sixth framework programme shall comprise all Community activities envisaged in Article 164 of
3. The sixth framework programme shall contribute to the creation of the European Research Area
and to innovation.
4. Annex I sets out the scientific and technological objectives and the related priorities and indicates
the broad lines of the activities envisaged.
1. The maximum overall amount for Community financial participation in the entire sixth framework
programme shall be EUR 16 270 million. The proportion assigned to each of the activities is fixed in
2. The detailed rules for financial participation by the Community shall be governed by the Financial
Regulation applicable to the General Budget of the European Communities, supplemented by Annex
All the research activities carried out under the sixth framework programme must be carried out in
compliance with fundamental ethical principles.
In the context of the annual report to be submitted by the Commission pursuant to Article 173 of the
Treaty, the Commission shall report in detail on progress with implementing the sixth framework
programme, and in particular progress towards achieving its objectives and meeting its priorities as set
out under each heading of Annex I;information on financial aspects and the use of the instruments
shall also be included.
The sixth framework programme shall be implemented through specific programmes. These
programmes shall establish precise objectives and the detailed rules for implementation.
1. The Commission shall continually and systematically monitor, with the help of independent qualified
experts, the implementation of the sixth framework programme and its specific programmes.
2. Before submitting its proposal for the next framework programme, the Commission shall have an
external assessment carried out by independent highly qualified experts of the implementation and
achievements of Community activities during the five years preceding that assessment.
The Commission shall communicate the conclusions thereof, accompanied by its observations, to the
European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the
of the European Communities EN
SCIENTIFIC AND TEC HNO LO GICAL OBJEC TIVES, BROA D LINES OF THE ACTIVITIES AND PRIORITIES
INTRO DUCTIO N A ND GENERAL OUTLINE
The sixth fra mework progra mme (ëthis progra mme í) will be carried out to further the object ive set out in Article
163(1) of the Treaty, ëof strengthening the scie ntific and technological bases of Community industry and
encouraging it to become more competitive at international leve l, while promoting all the research act ivities
dee med necessary by virtue of other Chapters of this Treatyí.
In order to achieve this more effectively, and in order to contribute to the creation o f t he European Research Area
and to innovation, t his progra mme will be structure d around the following three headings, under which the four
activities as set out in Article 164 of the Treaty will be undertaken:
ó focusing and integrating Community research,
ó structuring the European Research Area,
ó strengthe ning the foundations of the European Research Area.
The a ctivit ies under these three hea dings will contribute to the integrat ion of research efforts and act ivities on a
European sca le as we ll as contribut ing to the struct uring of the various dimensions of t he European Research
Coordinat ion of act ivities carried out under these headings will be e nsured.
In order to he lp t he developme nt of SMEs in the knowledge society and the use of the economic po tent ial of SMEs
in a n e nlarge d a nd better integrated Europea n Union, SMEs, including sma ll and micro enterprises as well as craft
enterprises, will be encouraged to participate in all areas and a ll instrume nts as set out in Annex III of t he sixth
frame work progra mme, in particular in the context of t he act ivities carried out in the priority the matic areas in the
spirit of ësta irway of excellence í. A smooth tra nsit ion from the moda lit ies used in the fifth fra me work progra mme
to those used in the sixth fra mework progra mme will be e nsured.
International participat ion in these activ ities will be assured. Part icipation will be open to a ll countries having
concluded association a gree ments with t he Community to this effect. Other third countries may participate in this
progra mme v ia bilateral cooperat ion agree me nts.
Researchers and organisations from third countries may also participate on a case by case basis in
projects. The detailed conditions under which entities from third countries and international
organisations involved in research activities may participate in this programme, inc luding the
financia l arrangements, are specified in the decision whic h will be adopte d
pursuant to Article 167 of the Treaty.
Participation in the act ivities of this progra mme will be e ncouraged through publication of the necessary
information on content, co nditio ns and procedures, to be made available in a timely and thorough
manner to potential participants, inc luding those from the associated candidate and other associated
During the imple mentation of this progra mme a nd in the research activ ities a rising from it, funda menta l ethica l
principles including anima l we lfare re quire ments, are to be respe cted. These include, inter alia, principles refle cted
in t he
Charter of funda mental rights of the European Union, protection of human dignity and human life, protection of
personal data a nd privacy as we ll as the e nvironment in accordance with Community la w a nd, where re levant,
international conventions, such as the Declaration of He lsinki, the Council of Europe Convent ion on Human R ights
and Biomedicine signed in Oviedo on 4 April 1997 and the Additional Protocol on the Prohibition of C loning Huma n
Beings signed in Paris on 12 January 1998, the UN Convention on t he R ights of the C hild, the Universal
Decla ration on the Human Ge nome and Huma n R ights adopted by UNESCO, and the relevant World Hea lth
Organisat ion (WHO) resolutions, the A msterda m Protocol on Anima l Protection and Welfare; a nd current
legislation, regulations and ethical guide lines in countries where the research will be carried out.
L 232/4 29.8.2002 Official Journal of the European Communities EN
1. FOCUSING AND INTEGRATING COMMUNITY R ESEARC H
The a ctivit ies carried out under this heading, which will re present t he major part of the efforts deployed under
this progra mme, are intended to integrate research efforts and activit ies on a European sca le. They will be
focussed primarily on seven clearly defined the mat ic priority areas, while further specific measures will be
undertake n across a wider field of scie ntific and technological research.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) will prov ide inde pende nt customer-driven support for t he formulat ion and
imple me ntation of Community policies, including the monitoring of imple mentation of such policies, within its
areas of specific competence.
1.1. The mat ic prioritie s
Seven priority the matic areas are ide ntified, na me ly:
1. life scie nces, genomics and biotechnology for hea lth;
2. informat ion society technologies;
3. nanotechnologies and na nosciences, knowle dge-based mult ifunct iona l materia ls, and new product ion
processes a nd devices;
4. aeronautics and space;
5. food qua lity and safety;
6. sustainable development, globa l change and ecosyste ms;
7. citize ns a nd governance in a knowledge -based society.
1.2. Specific act ivities covering a wide r fie ld of research
1.2.1. Supporting policies a nd a nticipat ing scientific and technological nee ds
Activities in support of Community policies and research re sponding to new and e merging scientific
and technological needs
1.2.2. Horizonta l research activit ies involving SMEs
These specific activit ies are intended to help Europea n SMEs in tradit iona l or ne w areas to boost the ir
technological capacities and develop t heir ability to operate on a European a nd internationa l scale.
1.2.3. Specific measures in support of internationa l cooperat ion
In support of external relat ions and the development policy of the Community, specific measures
aimed at encouraging internat iona l research cooperat ion will be undertake n. In principle, the following
three groups of third countries will be involved:
(a) deve loping countries;
(b) Mediterranea n countries, including the western Ba lka ns;
(c) R ussia and the new indepe ndent states (NIS).
1.3. Non-nuclear act ivities of the Joint Research Centre
Two specific research areas have bee n se lected for JRC act ivities, na me ly:
(a) food, che mica l products and hea lth;
(b) e nvironment and susta inability.
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2. STR UCTUR ING THE EURO PEAN RESEARCH AREA
Activities in this area will cover the following:
2.1. Research and innovation
Activities to st imulate technological innovation, utilisation of re search results, transfer of knowle dge a nd
technologies and the setting up of technology bus inesses in the Community and in all its re gions will be carried
out under this heading to comple ment the activ ities relat ing to innovation under the heading ëfocusing and
integrating community researchí.
2.2. Huma n resources and mobility
Activities to support the deve lopment of world-class human resources in all the regions of the Community by
promot ing transnat iona l mobility for tra ining purposes, developme nt of expertise or transfer of knowledge
between different sectors, support ing the development of excellence and he lping to ma ke Europe more
attractive to the best of t hird country researchers. The potentia l offered by a ll sectors of the population,
especia lly wome n, should be developed t hrough appropriate support ing measures.
2.3. Research infrastructures
Activities to promote the optimum use of, including access to, research infrastructures and to support the
ident ification, planning and, in duly justifie d cases, setting up of advanced re search facilit ies of European
2.4. Science and society
Activities to encourage harmonious re lations betwee n science and society a nd the aware ness of society in
respect of innovation, as a result of new re lations and informe d dia logue betwee n researchers, industria lists,
politica l decision-ma kers a nd cit izens.
3. STR ENGTHENING THE FOUNDATIO NS OF THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA
Activities to step up the coordinat ion and support the coherent development of research and developme nt
policies in Europe. They would provide financia l support for measures such as the opening up of nat iona l
1. FOCUSING AND INTEGRATING COMMUNITY R ESEARC H
The mat ic priorit ies
1.1.2. Informat ion society technologies (IST)
O b j e c t i ve
The a ctivit ies carried out in this area, pursuant to the conclusions of the Lisbon European Counc il and the
objectives of the e-Europe initiative, are inte nded to stimulate the development in Europe of both hardware and
software technologies and applications at the heart of the creation of t he informat ion society in order to
increase the competitiveness of Europea n industry and allow Europea n citize ns in all Union regions the
possibility of benefit ing fully from the development of the knowledge-based society. Conce ntration on the
future generat ion of IST will bring IST applications a nd services to everyone and enable the developme nt of the
next generation of technologies to be more userñcentered.
J u s t i f i c a t ion o f t h e e f f o r t and European adde d v a l u e
At the dawn of the 21st cent ury, information and communication technologies are rev olutionising the
functioning of t he economy and society, and are generat ing new ways of producing, tra ding a nd
This has become the Union's second most important sector of the economy, with an annual market of EUR
2 000 billion and e mploying more than 2 million persons in Europe, a number that is steadily rising.
Europe is we ll pos itioned to lead and shape the future developme nt not only of technologies but a lso of the ir
impa ct on our life a nd work. The future competit iveness of all Europea n industry and the living standards of
(1) See also Section 1.2.1. ëPolicy support and anticipating scientific and technological needsí and Heading III (Strengthening the
foundations of the European Research Area) for other health-related topics.
Europe 's citize ns depend la rgely on future efforts in IST research in order to prepare the future gene ration of
products, processes and services.
Industrial and commercia l successes of the kind that Europe ha s achieved in mobile communications as a result
of the globa l syste m for mobile communication (GSM) standard will not be repeated unless a concerted effort is
ma de to invest a critical mass of research resources in t his area, by integrating public a nd private se ctor efforts
on a European scale.
With a vie w to exerting maximum impact in economic a nd social terms, effort should focus on the future
generation of those technologies in which computers, interfaces a nd networks will be more integrated into the
everyday environme nt and will render accessible, through easy and ënatura lí interactions, a multitude of services
and applications. This vision of ëa mbient intelligence í (interactive inte lligent environme nt) see ks to place the
user, the human be ing, at the centre of the future developme nt of the knowledge -based society.
Community act ions will concentrate on the technologica l priorit ies that will make it possible to realise this
vision. They will a im at mobilising the community of researchers around targeted init iatives, such as the
developme nt of the next ge nerations of mobile communication syste ms, so as to a chieve medium a nd
long-term object ives while be ing able to react to the new needs and de mands of markets as well as those of
public policy and citizens.
Act io ns e nv isa ge d
The a ctions undertake n will therefore address the following technologica l prioritie s:
Integrating research into technologica l a reas of priority interest for cit izens and businesses
Complet ing and building on progress expected in the developme nt of basic technologies, research aime d at
finding solutions for major societal and economic cha lle nges, faced by an e merging knowle dge -base d society
including the conse quences for work a nd t he workplace environment, and, accordingly, focusing on:
(a) research on technologies a ddressing the key security cha llenges posed by the ëall-digitalí world and the need
to secure the rights and privacy of cit izens;
(b) a mbient inte lligenceí syste ms offering access to the information society for all, regardless of age and
situation (such as disa bility or othe r individual circumstances), as we ll as interactive and intelligent syste ms
for health, mobility, security, leisure, tourism, access to and preservation of the cultural heritage, and
(c) e lectronic and mobile commerce, as we ll as technologies for secure transa ctions and infrastructures, new
tools a nd new methods of work, technologies for learning (such as e-learning) a nd syste ms for corporate
knowledge manage ment, for integrated business ma nage me nt and for e -government ta king account of user
(d) large-scale distributed syste ms and platforms, including globa l resource informat ion database (GR ID) base d
systems that provide effective solutions to complex proble ms in areas such as the environme nt, energy,
health, transport and industria l design.
Communicat ion and comput ing infrastructures
Mobile, wire less, opt ica l and broadband communicat ion infrastructures a nd computing a nd software
technologies that are re liable, of wide application a nd can be ada pted to meet t he growing needs of
applications a nd se rvices. Work will focus on:
(a) the ne w ge nerations of wire less and mobile communicat ions syste ms a nd networks; satellite
communications syste ms; a ll-optica l technologies; integrat ion and ma nage me nt of communicat ion
networks, including interoperable net work solutions; capacity-enhancing technologies necessary for t he
developme nt of syste ms, infrastruct ures a nd serv ices, in particular for audio -visua l a pplicat ions. Work will
also lead to the development of next Internet generation;
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(b) software technologie s architectures, distributed and e mbedde d syste ms supporting t he deve lopme nt of
mult ifunct iona l a nd complex serv ices t hat involve multiple a ctors e ngineering and control of complex and
large-sca le syste ms to e nsure reliability and robustness.
Compone nts and microsyste ms
Miniaturised and low-cost components based on new materials and integrating extended funct iona lit ies, with
the effort focusing on:
(a) the design and product ion of na no-, micro -, and opto-e lectronic and photonic components, including
those used for information storage, pushing the limits of miniaturisat ion and minimising the costs a nd
power consumpt ion of micro-ele ctronic a nd micro-syste m compone nts, and ta king account of t he
environmental impact of IST syste ms;
(b) nano-e lectronics, micro-technologies, displays a nd micro-syste ms, a nd multi-disciplinary research into new
materials and quantum dev ices; new comput ing models and concepts.
Information manage ment a nd interfaces
Research into information manage ment tools and interfaces, with a v iew to ena bling easier interaction
everywhere and at a ll times with knowledge -based services and applications, addressing:
(a) knowle dge re presentation and manage ment syste ms base d on c ontext and se mant ics, including cognitive
systems, as we ll as tools for creat ing, organising, navigating, retrieving, sharing, preserving and
disse minat ing digital content;
(b) multi-se nsorial interfaces capa ble of understanding and interpret ing the natura l expression of human be ings
through words, gestures and the various senses, v irtual environme nts, as well as mult ilinguist ic and
mult icultura l syste ms indispensa ble to the establishment of the knowledge -base d society on a European
MAXIMUM O VERALL AMO UNT, RESPEC TIVE SHAR ES A ND INDICATIVE BREAKDOWN
The maximum overall financia l a mount and the respect ive indicative shares of the various activit ies as referred to
Article 164 of the Treaty are as follows:
First act ivity (1 ) 13 800
Second activ ity (2 ) 600
Third a ctivity (3) 290
Fourth act ivity ( 4) 1 580
Maximum overall a mount 16 270
(1) Cov ering the activ ities carried out under the heading ëFocusing and integrating Community researchí, with the exception of
international cooperation activ ities; research infrastructures, and the theme ëScience and society í carried out under the heading
ëStructuring the European Research Areaí and activ ities carried out under the heading ëStrengthening the foundations of the
(2) Cov ering the international cooperation activ ities carried out under the heading ëFocusing and integrating Community researc h
the thematic priority areas and under the heading ëSpecific activ ities cov ering a wider field of researchí.
(3) Cov ering the specific activ ities on the theme ëResearch and innov ationí carried out under the heading ëStructuring the
European Research Areaí in addition to innov ation activ ities carried out under the heading ëFocusing and integrating Community
(4) Cov ering the activ ities concerning human resources and support for mobility carried out under the heading ëStructuring the
European Research Areaí.
These a ctivit ies will be carried out under the following headings (the indicative f inancia l breakdown is set ou t):
1. Focusing and integrating Community re search 13 345
The mat ic priorit ies (1) 11 285
Life scie nces, genomics a nd biotechnology for hea lth ( 2) 2 255
= Advanced genomics a nd its applicat ions for health 1 100
= Combating ma jor diseases 1 155
Information society technologies (3) 3 625
Nanotechnologies and na nosciences, knowle dge-based
mult ifunct iona l materia ls a nd new production processes and
devices 1 300
Aeronautics and space 1 075
Food quality and safety 685
Sustaina ble development, globa l change and ecosyste ms 2 120
= Susta inable e nergy syste ms 810
= Susta inable surface transport 610
= Globa l change and ecosyste ms 700
Citizens and governa nce in a knowle dge-based society 225
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Specif ic a ctivit ies covering a wider fie ld of research 1 300
Policy support and anticipat ing scientif ic a nd technologica l nee ds 555
Horizontal research act ivities involving SMEs 430
Specif ic measures in support of internat iona l cooperation 315
Non-nuclear act ivities of the Joint Research Centre 760
2. Structuring the European Re search Area 2 605
Research and innovation 290
Huma n resources 1 580
Research infrastructures ( 4) 655
Science and society 80
3. Strengthening the foundat ions of the European Research Area 320
Support for the coordination of act ivities 270
Support for the cohe rent deve lopment of policies 50
TOTA L 16 270
(1) Of which at least 15 % for SMEs.
(2) Including up to EUR 400 million for cancer-related research.
(3) Including up to EUR 100 million for the further dev elopment of GÈant and GRID.
(4) This amount of EUR 315 million will fund specific measures in support of international cooperation inv olv ing dev eloping
Mediterranean countries including the western Balkans, and Russia and the New Independent States (NIS).
A nother EUR 285 million is earmarked to finance the participation of third-country organisations in the ëhe matic
Prioritiesí and in the Specific activitie s covering a wider field of researchí, thus bringing the total amou nt devote d
to international cooperation to EUR 600 million.
A dditional resources will be available under section 2.2 ëHuman resources and mobilityí to f und research training
for third-country researchers in Europe.
INSTRUMENTS A ND RULES FOR FI NANCIAL PAR TICIPA TION BY THE COMMUNITY
The Community will contribute f inancia lly, under t he spe cific progra mmes, and subject to the rules for
participation, to research a nd technologica l act ivities, including de monstration activ ities, of this progra mme.
These a ctivit ies, which will incorporate measures to encourage innovation, will be imple mented by mea ns of a
range of instruments describe d be low, a nd referred to as ëIndirect R TD act ionsí, to which the Community will
contribute financially. In addition, t he Community will undertake activ ities imple mented by t he JRC, and which are
referred to as direct act ions.
I n t roduc t ion
An instrume nt imple me nting a n act ion must be commensurate with the scope and obje ctives of t he research
activity concerned, a nd will ta ke into a ccount, as appropriate, the vie ws of the research community. Accordingly,
the size of an act ion may vary in relat ion to the the mes and subjects it covers, depending on the critica l mass of
expertise necessa ry to obtain European adde d value and achieve t he expected results. In some cases, this may be
achieved by the clustering of actions dedicated to different aspects of one and the sa me object ive.
All instrume nts should involve, as appropriate, universities or inst itutions of higher educat ion of a similar level,
research organisations and industry, including SMEs. They could enta il activ ities relating to disse minat ion,
transfer and exploitation of knowle dge as we ll as analysis a nd evaluation of t he economic and socia l impa ct of
the technologies concerned and the factors involved in the ir successful imple mentation.
As a gene ral rule, select ion of act ions will be based on open calls for proposals and inde pendent peer review,
except in duly justifie d cases. A ll research act ivities will be reviewed regularly and this will, in part icular, involve
monitoring of the level of research exce llence. The part icipation of SMEs including enterprise groupings of SMEs
and smaller e ntities will be encouraged.
Concerning research in the priority the mat ic areas (under Hea ding I as define d in Annex I):
ó the importance of the new instruments (integrated projects and networks of excellence ) is recognised as
being an overall priority means to attain the object ives of crit ical mass, manage ment simplificat ion and
European adde d value contributed by Community research in re lation to what is alrea dy undertaken at
nationa l level, and of the integration of the research capacities. However, the size of projects is not a
criterion for exclusion, and access to new instruments is ensured for SMEs and other small e ntities,
ó the new instrume nts will be used from the start of this progra mme in each the me and, where dee med
appropriate, as a priority means, while maintaining the use of spe cific targeted research project s a nd
coordination act ions,
ó in 2004 a n evaluation will be undertaken by inde pende nt experts of t he effectiveness of each of these three
types of instrume nts in t he execut ion of this progra mme.
Research act ivities in areas involving ëSpecific act ivities covering a wider fie ld of researchí (under Heading I) will
take the form of specific targeted research proje cts and spe cific research projects for SMEs. Networks of
excellence and integrated proje cts may, however, be used in certa in duly just ified cases, where the objectives in
question ca n be better achieved by these mea ns.
Activities referred to under Heading II (Structuring the European Research Area) a nd Heading III (Strengthe ning
the foundat ions of the European Research Area), will take the form of spec ific targeted research a nd innovation
projects, integrated infrastructure initiatives a nd actions to promote huma n resources and mobility.
In addit ion, spe cific support actions, coordination actions and participat ion of the Community in progra mmes
undertake n by several Me mber States pursuant to Article 169 of the Treaty may be applied throughout t his
1.1. Networks of exce lle nce
The purpose of networks of excellence is to stre ngthen and develop Community scie ntific and technological
excellence by means of the integration, at European leve l, of research ca pacit ies current ly exist ing or e merging at
both nat iona l a nd re gional leve l. Each net work will also a im at advancing knowledge in a part icular area by
asse mbling a critica l mass of expertise. They will foster cooperation between capacities of excellence in
universities, research ce ntres, enterprises, including SMEs, a nd scie nce a nd technology organisations. The
activities concerned will be genera lly targeted towards long-term, mult idisciplinary object ives, rather tha n
predefined results in terms of products, processes or serv ices.
A network of excellence will be imple mented by a joint progra mme of activit ies involving some or, where
appropriate, all of the research ca pacit ies a nd a ctivit ies of the part icipants in the relevant area to attain a critical
ma ss of expert ise a nd European a dded value. A joint progra mme of activ ities could aim at t he creat ion of a
self-standing v irtual ce ntre of exce llence that may result in deve loping the necessary means f or achieving a
durable integration of the research capacities.
A joint progra mme of activit ies will ne cessarily include those aimed at integration, as well as act ivities related to
the spreading of exce lle nce a nd disse mination of re sults outside the net wor k.
Subject to conditions to be specified in the specific progra mmes and in the rules for participation t he net works
of excelle nce will have a high level of mana ge ment autonomy including, where appropriate, the pos sibility to
adapt the composit ion of the network and the content of the joint progra mme of activ ities.
1.2. Integrated projects
Integrated projects a re designed to give increased impetus to the Community's competit iveness or to a ddress
ma jor societa l needs by mobilising a critica l mass of research and technological developme nt resources and
competences. Each integrated project should be assigned clearly defined scientif ic a nd technologica l objectives
and should be directed at obtaining specific results a pplica ble in terms of, for instance, products , processes or
services. Under these obje ctives they may include more long-term or ëriskyí research.
Integrated projects should comprise a cohere nt set of compone nt act ions which may vary in size a nd structure
according to the tasks to be carried out, each dea ling with different aspects of the research nee ded to achieve
common overall objectives, and forming a cohere nt whole and imple me nted in close coordination.
The a ctivit ies carried out as part of a n integrated proje ct should include research and, as appropriate,
technological development and/or de monstration act ivities, act ivities for the ma nage me nt and use of knowle dge
in order to promote innovation, a nd a ny other type of a ctivity direct ly related to the objectives of the integrated
Subject to conditions to be specified in the specific progra mmes and in the rules for participation, the integrated
projects will have a high level of mana ge ment autonomy including, where appropriate, the pos sibility to adapt
the partnership and the content of the proje ct. They will be carried out on the basis of overall f inancing plans
preferably involv ing significant mobilisat ion of public and private sector funding, including funding or
collaboration sche me s such as Eureka, EIB a nd EIF.
1.3. Specific targeted research or innovation projects
Specif ic targeted research projects will a im at improving Europea n compet itiveness. They should be sharply
focussed and will take e ither of the following t wo forms, or a combination of the t wo:
(a) a research and technological development proje ct designe d to ga in new knowledge eithe r to improve
considerably or to develop new products, processes or services or to meet othe r nee ds of society and
(b) a de monstration project designed to prove the viability of new technologies offering potent ial economic
advantage but which ca nnot be commercia lised dire ctly.
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Specif ic targeted innovation projects are designed to test, validate and disse minate new innovation concepts and
met hods at the European level.
1.4. Specific research projects for SMEs
Specif ic research projects for SMEs may take eit her of t he following forms:
(a) cooperative research proje cts undertake n for the benefit of a number of SMEs on the mes of common
(b) collect ive research projects carrie d out for industria l associat ions or industry groupings in entire sectors of
industry where SMEs are promine nt.
1.5. Actions to promote a nd develop human resources a nd mobility
Actions to pro mote a nd develop human resources a nd mobility will be targeted at training, development of
expertise or transfer of knowledge. They will involve support to act ions carried out by natura l persons, host
structures, including training networks, and also by European research tea ms.
1.6. Coordinat ion actions
Coordinat ion actions are intended to promote and support the coordinated initiat ives of a range of research a nd
innovation operators a iming at improved integration. They will cover activ ities such as the or ganisation of
conferences, meet ings, the performance of studies, exchanges of personnel, the exchange and disse mination of
good practices, setting up informat ion syste ms a nd expert groups, and may, if necessary, include support for the
definit ion, organisation and manage ment of joint or common initiat ives.
1.7. Specific support actions
Specif ic support actions will comple me nt the imple me ntation of this progra mme and may be used to he lp in
preparations for future Community research and technologica l develop ment policy a ctivit ies including
monitoring a nd assessment activ ities. In part icular, they will involve conferences, se minars, studies a nd a nalyses,
high level scie ntific awards and compet itions, working groups a nd expert groups, operat iona l support and
disse minat ion, informat ion and communication act ivities, or a combination of t hese, as appropriate in ea ch case.
They may also include actions in support of research infrastructure relat ing to, for instance, transnational access
or preparatory technica l work (including feasibility studies) and the development of new infrastructure.
Specif ic support actions will a lso be imple mented to st imulate, encourage and facilitate the part icipation of SMEs,
small research tea ms, newly developed and re mote research ce ntre s, as well as those organisations from t he
candidate countries in t he act ivities of the priority the matic areas, in particular via the networks of excellence and
the integrated projects. The imple mentation of these act ions will rely on t he spe cific informa t ion and assistance
structures, including the network of national contact points, established by the Me mber States and the associated
countries at loca l, regiona l a nd national level and will aim at ensuring a smooth transition from the fifth to the
sixth fra mework progra mme.
1.8. Integrated infrastructure init iatives
Integrated infrastructure init iatives should combine in a single action several act ivities essent ial to re inforce and
develop re search infrastructures, in order to prov ide services at the Euro pean level. To this end, t hey should
combine networking activ ities wit h a support act ivity (such as re lating to transnat iona l a ccess) or research
activities neede d to improve infrastruct ure performance, excluding, however, the financing of invest ment for n ew
infrastructures, which can only be fina nced as spe cific support actions. They will include a component of
disse minat ion of knowledge to potent ial users, including industry and in particular to SMEs.
1.9. Participation of the Community in progra mmes undertake n by several Me mber States (Art icle 169)
Pursuant to Article 169 of the Treaty, this instrument will cover clearly ide ntified progra mmes imple mented by
governments, nat iona l or regiona l authorities or research orga nisat ions and may be used in all t he act ivities of
this progra mme (1). The joint imple mentation of these progra mmes will e ntail recourse to a specific
imple me ntation struct ure. This may be achieved by means of harmonised work progra mmes and common, joint
or coordinated ca lls for proposa ls.
2. DETAILED R ULES FOR FINANCIA L PAR TICIPA TIO N BY THE CO MMUNITY ( 2)
The Community will imple ment the financial instruments in compliance with the Community fra mework for
state aid to research and development, as well as international rules in this area, and in particular the WTO
Agree ment on Subsidies a nd Countervailing Measures. In compliance with this international fra mework, it will
need to be possible to a djust t he sca le a nd form of fina ncia l participat ion under this progra mme on a case by
case basis, in part icular if funding from other public sector sources is availa ble, including other sources of
Community financing such as the EIB a nd EIF.
In the case of participation of bodies from regions lagging in development, whe n a proje ct rece ives the
max imum intensity of co-financing authorised under this Progra mme or an overall grant, an a ddit iona l
contribution from the Struct ural Funds, pursuant to Council Re gulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999
laying down genera l provisions on the Structura l F unds ( 3 ), could be granted.
In the case of participation of e ntities from the candidate countries, an additional contribut ion from the
pre-accession financia l instruments could be granted under similar conditions.
In the case of participation o f organisations from Mediterranean or developing countries, a
contribution o f the M EDA programme and of the financial instruments of the Community's aid to
development could be envisaged.
Financ ial partic ipation by the Community will be granted in compliance with the princ ip le o f co-
financing, with the exception of financ ing for studies , conferences and public tenders.
Financial part icipation by the Community will, except in duly just ified cases, be decided following open calls for
proposa ls or invitation to tender proce dures. Se lect ion of projects will be based on independent peer revie w.
The Commission will carry out the research activ ities in such a way a s to ensure the protection of the
Community's financia l interests by means of effective controls and, if irregularit ies are detected, by means of
dissuasive and proport ionate penalt ies.
In the decisions adopt ing the specif ic progra mmes imple me nting this progra mme, there can be no derogations
from the rules set out in the table below.
(1) It is recalled that national programmes to be carried out jointly pursuant to Article 169 of the Treaty are subject to decision by
European Parliament and the Council under the procedure prov ided for in Article 251 of the Treaty .
(2) It is recalled that, pursuant to Article 167 of the Treaty , the rules for the participation of undertak ings, research centres and
univ ersities and for the dissemination of research results for the implementation of the framework programme are to be adopted
by the European Parliament and the Council subject to the procedure prov ided for in Article 251 of the Treaty . These rules will
cov er, inter alia, minimum number of participants, the participation of bodies from candidate and third countries, criteria for
ev aluation and selection of RTD actions, management of RTD actions, liability issues and intellectual property rights.
RTD activ ities and Community fina ncial contribut ion according to type of instrume nt
Type of instrument RTD activ ities Community contribution (*) ( 1)
Networks of excellence
ó Priority t he matic areas
ó Policy support and a nticipating scie ntific and technological needs
Grant for integration: maximum of 25 % of the va lue of the capacity and resources proposed for
integration by part icipants as a f ixed a mount to support the joint progra mme of a ctivit ies (2)
ó Priority the matic areas
ó Policy support and a nticipating scie ntific and technological needs
Grant to the budget of a maximum of:
ó 50 % for research
ó 35 % for de monstration
ó 100 % for certain ot heractivit ies such as tra ining of researchers and consortium manage ment ( 3 )
(4 )Specific targeted research or innovation projects
ó Priority t he matic areas
ó Policy support and a nticipating scie ntific and technological needs
ó Specific international cooperation act ivities
ó Promoting interact ion between research and innovation
ó Deve loping harmonious relat ions betwee n science and society
Grant to the budget of a maximum of 50 % of the budget ( 3) ( 4)
Participation in progra mmes undertake n by several Me mber States (Art icle 169)
ó All act ivities of the sixth fra mework progra mme To be defined in subsequent de cisions take n on the basis of
Specif ic research projects for SMEs ó Specif ic research activit ies for SMEs
Grant to the budget of a maximum of 50 % of the budget (3) ( 4)
Actions to promote a nd develop human resources a nd mobility
ó Promotion of human resource s and mobility
Grant to the budget of a maximum of 100 % of the budget ( 3 ), if necessary as a lump sum
Coordinat ion actions
ó In all t he act ivities of the sixth fra mework progra mme Grant to the budget of a maximum
of 100 % of the budget (3)
Specif ic support actions ó In a ll the activit ies of the sixth fra me work progra mme
Grant to the budget of a maximum of 100 % of the budget ( 3 ) (6), if ne cessary as a lump sum
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Integrated infrastructure init iatives
ó Support for re search infrastructures
Grant to the budget: depe nding on the type of activ ity, of a maximum of 50 % to 100 % of the
budget (3) ( 4) (5 )
Dire ct actions ó Non-nuclear a ctivit ies of the Joint Research Ce ntre
100 % (7 )
(*) In this column budget means a financial plan estimating all the resources and expenditure needed to carry out the action.
(1) As a general principle, the Community financial contribution cannot cov er 100 % of the expenditure of an indirect action
with the exception of proposals cov ering a purchase price gov erned by the terms applicable to public procurement
procedures or tak ing the form of a pre-defined lump sum pre-set by the Commission.
Howev er, the Community financial contribution may bear up to 100 % of the expenditure of an indirect action if they
complement those otherwise borne by the participants. Also, in the specific case of coordination actions, it cov ers up to
100 % of the budget necessary for the coordination of activ ities funded by the participants themselv es.
(2) This rate v aries for different areas.
(3) Subject to specific conditions specific legal entities, particularly public bodies, will receiv e funding of up to 100 % of their
(4) The rates of assistance may be differentiated in accordance with the rules of the Community framework for State aid for
research and dev elopment depending on whether activ ities relate to research (maximum 50 %) or demonstration (maximum
35 %) or to other activ ities implemented, such as training of researchers (maximum 100 %) or the management of the
consortium (maximum 100 %).
(5) The activ ities of an integrated initiativ e relating to infrastructure must include one network ing activ ity (coordination action:
maximum 100 % of the budget) and at least one of the following activ ities: research activ ities ( maximum 50 % of the
budget) or specific serv ice activ ities (specific support action, for example, tr ansnational access to research infrastructures:
maximum 100 % of the budget).
(6) For actions in support of research infrastructure relating to preparatory technical work (including feasibility studies) an d the
dev elopment of new infrastructure, sixth framework programme participation is restricted to maximum of 50 % and 10 %
of the budget respectiv ely .
(7) In addition, the JRC will be entitled to participate in indirect actions on the same basis as entities established in Member
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DELICE - Delivering e-Europe through Local Information, Cultural and
This Expression of Interest is submitted on behalf of the Consortia for the PULMAN and
PULMAN-XT Thematic Networks, funded under FP 5
Establish and participate in a broad-based Network of Excellence under FP6
reaching across the Cultural Heritage Sector
Develop the work of PULMAN in the areas of policy, standardisation, networking,
awareness raising and information exchange) into a fully-fledged ‗local services‘
strand within this broad-based network.
Strengthen partnerships between the cultural heritage sector and industry e.g.
software and telecom companies to develop networks more suited to the needs
of the average citizen in connection with education, local culture, business
opportunities – the creation of a "literate" information society.
Provide a stronger Europe-wide support for institutions and services with less
developed IST strategies (in particular the local archives sector), including
advisory and information services, guidelines, support for the development of
research and exploitation strategies, analyses and roadmaps across cultural
sectors and related economic sectors e.g. cultural tourism.
Strengthen this role by creating an environment for the effective development
delivery of real services (web-based and ‗in situ‘) in the context of a Europe-wide
and international market.
Capitalise upon and strengthen the work done by PULMAN-XT in enlarging the
European Research Area to neighbouring countries, extending benefits and co-
operation to strategically important partner countries elsewhere in the world,
also creating a vehicle for collaboration and joint funding of research with
agencies such as NSF, Mellon, Bertelsmann and OSI
Develop a model to assure standards 'compliance' and the quality of web
services for the cultural sector.
Mobilise and add value to the contribution of national programmes already
funded at national level e.g. the Peoples‘ Network in the UK.
Initiate and support a wide range of targeted trial measures actively involving local
service providers across Eur ope in take-up and testing of IST technologies, helping them
to develop implementation and business plans.
Identify, train and motivate and involve the cultural heritage research community
Ensure effective promotion and showcasing of results within and outside Europe.
NEED AND RELEVANCE
Europe‘s public libraries currently stand at a crossroads of opportunity brought about by
a confluence of social and economic challenges (expressed within the e-Europe
agenda on the one hand) and the potential offered by developments in Information
Society Technologies (IST) which are increasingly becoming available to implement
new services, on the other.
The 122 million registered users of public libraries in 29 countries of Europe attest to the
importance and impact of public libraries in society. However, to realise their full
potential in the digital era, public libraries must be prepared to offer new and innovative
digital services that empower citizens to successfully achieve their personal goals and
contribute to a cohesive society and a successful knowledge -based economy in Europe
In response, public libraries are changing fast: but they will need to change even faster
during the coming decade by re-engineering their serv ices and institutional character in
response to a variety of phenomena including: access to information via the Internet; an
ever-expanding quantity of cultural media forms and content; and a decline in demand
for some traditional services.
It is essential that such developments are seen in the context of the broad range of
cultural, education and information services provided at local level. T he context for
partnership between public libraries and other local cultural institutions is rapidly
becoming clearer. There are important gains to be made by actions which:
help unlock, disclose and make accessible local digital content, including that
currently held by archives and museums;
develop friendly on-line services which meet user needs and which are accessible
support a sense of localisation and personal engagement in an increasingly
develop interoperability across a wider range of domains and provide seamless
searching and retrieval of cross-domain content.
enhance citizens‘ ability to link up the satisfaction of their present needs and
interests with an awareness of their historical context, whether in an
environment of education, e-government, recreational, domestic life or work.
Public libraries and their partner organisations are well-placed to play an important role
in their development and provision, addressing the challenges of the digital div ide by
improv ing the delivery of services, tackling educational disadvantage and helping deal
with demographic changes.
Public libraries are a key centre for informal learning and one of the most frequented
institutions for de-institutionalised learning, offering content, training and support to
every citizen as an integrated delivery point. They have an important role to play in
equipping people with skills in line with European Employment Strategy and the
eLearning Action Plan. By co-operating effectively with museums and archives and a
wide range of other local and national partners they can promote social and cultural
inclusion e.g. through access to local, ethnic and linguistic cultural heritage and to family
Although some EU countries are developing forward-looking cross-domain agendas and
strategies for culture and education, there remain substantial disparities in terms of:
administrative responsibility, policy formation, professional awareness and acceptance -
and in the development of service applications. Public libraries in countries where
economies are still in transition (e.g. the candidate countries of Central and Eastern
Europe and Europe‘s other neighbours) often face these problems with relatively few
There remain many excluded adults and children who have neither access nor skills to
make use of the Internet or online services. Digital exclusion is experienced increasingly
as a real barrier for people's lives. The digital div ide will not disappear on its own. A
market-led expansion of the Information Society alone will not be enough to attract all
citizens. Work on the e-Europe Action Plan has identified public libraries as the most
used existing form of Public Internet Access Points PIAP. eInclusion is an essential
dimension of the eEurope+ Action Plan, the Information Society roadmap launched by
the candidate countries in June 2001
The e-Europe Action Plan 2005 will aim to achieve the widespread availability and use of
broadband networks and of more interactive services throughout the EU. It is expected
to focus on issues such as network and information security, e-Government, e-Learning,
e-Health, e-Business and e-Content. Advanced mobile communications such as 3G and
digital TV are likely to play an increasing role in the delivery of access to information,
content and services. Public libraries, by giving access to their services through new
channels, can help to ensure this.
Archives are fundamental to democracy, cultural diversity and good governance, Better
access to digital archival content is fundamental to a common European heritage,
through the exploitation of Europe‘s cultural patrimony.
But archives remain the ‗poor relations‘ of the cultural heritage sector, although this
position is gradually beginning to change through initiatives such as DLM and Open
Archives Forum. Under FP 5, some key ‗networking‘ initiatives in the cultural heritage
sector involved the archives sector e.g. CULTIVATE and PULMAN, although archives
were in the main the smallest player among the participating sectors.
In order for archives to be able to participate on equal terms in FP6, further network
building, awareness raising, problem analysis and consensus building around a strategic
IST agenda. This applies particularly to the very large number and wide range of
archives and record offices, public, private, general and specialised (film, sound etc)
operating at regional and local level.
PULMAN is in itself a wide Network of Excellence covering 26 member and through
PULMAN-XT 9 neighbouring countries e.g. Russia. Its participants come not only from
public libraries but also from the museums and archives domains and from a wide range
of practitioner, policy maker and research organisations. It has already had a strong
impact on the promotion of excellence in this area throughout Europe.
A significant output has been produced in the form of Guidelines to assist policy makers
and practitioners in developing policies and strategies for an e-Europe and in meeting
national economic and social policy goals. These Guidelines identify a host of examples
of good practice and highlight the scope for further Take-Up and innovation under FP6.
The work of PULMAN will culminate with a Policy Conference in Oeiras, Portugal during
By joining together with existing networks of excellence and research centres under one
umbrella, it will be possible for DELICE and its partners to make substantial inroads into
the need for effective critical mass in the Cultural Heritage sector. DELICE envisages –
and is seeking – partnership and integration with key organisations within the following
networks and organizations under FP6, such as:
The Minerva action under FP 5 led Amitie (Italy) and actively involving Resource
(UK) and a number of other Ministries of Culture.
TRIS: the Trials action, led by F2, under FP5 which has had a strong impact in
supporting and showcasing a pilot range of Take-Up Actions and in supporting
dissemination and economic results.
The CURE initiative to develop cultural service-provision, led by CSC Austria, and
providing a link with bottom-up sectoral development through the Eureka
CULTIVATE and its extensions to CEE and Russia (in which both Resource and
MDR are participants, together with other innovative players in cross-sectoral
work such as RBT (Norway), DEN (Netherlands).
EVA led by Vasari (UK) a key model provider in the dissemination of results
The DLM-Forum: a multidisciplinary forum dealing with problems of
management, storage, conservation and retrieval of machine-readable data.
The OSI Archives Programme, operating in Central and Eastern Europe and the
NIS, which actively supports joint working with the EU in this area.
A range of European Level bodies, associations and projects with
important and relevant networks, including Eblida (a partner in PULMAN) and:
- ECPA (The European Commission on Preservation and Access)
established in 1994 to promote activities aimed at keeping collections in
European archives and libraries accessible over time
- EFAH (European Forum for the Arts and Heritage) a forum for policy
monitoring and discussion which aims to maintain continuous dialogue
between the cultural sector in Europe and policymakers.
- EMII a consortium established to generate use, knowledge and
inspiration from Europe's cultural heritage information.
- ERPANET (Electronic Resource Preservation and Access NETwork) an
expandable European Consortium, in the area of digital preservation of
cultural heritage and scientific objects involving museums, libraries and
archives, ICT and software industry, research institutions, government
organisations (including local ones), entertainment and creative
industries, and commercial sectors.
- NAPLE (National Authorities for Public Libraries in Europe) currently an
informal network of such authorities with potential for greater impact in
developing and delivering strategies.
- NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations) an independent
network prov iding representation and information for the museum
community of Europe.
- Open Archive Forum which provides a Europe-based focus for
dissemination of information about European activity related to open
archives and, in particular, to the Open Archives Initiative.
INTEGRATION AND STRUCTURING EFFECT
The impact of the development proposed, within which DELICE will be the key local services
strand will be to bring about a number of cross-sectoral str ucturing and integrative benefits
including improvements in the sector‘s capacity and capability to:
develop convergence and cross-fertilisation between sectors (and between
applications and digital contents);
extend knowledge of the cultural heritage and improve its integration into life
experience, research and learning processes;
liaise with National research bodies in order to exchange results and to
extend co-operation and benefits to candidate countries and other parts of the
world, as part of the enlargement of the European Research Area;
extend co-operation with those working in closely-related domains, such as e-
develop the capacity of the sectors to contribute to local economic development.
The outputs of the Network of which DELICE forms a strand will improve greatly:
disclosure and value-added repurposing of locked up content (e.g. in archives);
seamless search and retrieval for users;
access through new channels of access;
wider interoperability providing better opportunities for the application of
'semantic web' applications and the eventual emergence of an ‗ambient
environment‘ within the Information Society.
Information Society Technologies
A thematic priority
for Research and Development under the Specific Programme
“Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area” in the
community sixth framework programme
Draft version of 16-09-2002
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Table of Content
1 Introduction................................................................................. 49
2 Objectives, Structure and overall approach .................................... 50
2.1 IST in FP6: the overall vision .................................................... 50
2.2 IST in FP6: Coverage and main targets ..................................... 51
2.3 Workprogramme 2003-2004: Focus on a limited set .................... 52
2.4 Focus on the fields that need to be addressed at a European level 53
2.5 An integrated approach............................................................ 53
2.6 Budget and planning for the four years ...................................... 54
2.7 Instruments ............................................................................ 55
3 Detailed description of the WP Content .......................................... 56
3.1 Detailed description of the Strategic objectives ........................... 56
3.2 Future and Emerging Technologies............................................ 78
3.3 Research Networking ............................................................... 83
4 Implementation plan .................................................................... 84
4.1 Calls in 2003 an 2004 .............................................................. 84
5 Selection criteria .......................................................................... 87
6 Glossary....................................................................................... 88
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IST Workprogramme for 2003 and 2004
This Workprogramme covers the activities of the IST thematic priority in the
Specific Programme ―Integrating and Focussing the European Research Area‖
for two years, 2003 and 2004. It defines the priorities for the calls for
proposals in these two years, the implementation plan and the criteria that
will be used for evaluating proposals responding to these calls.
The priorities reflect the input received from the Programme Committee and
the IST Advisory Group1 (ISTAG), the response to the Expressions of Interest
and from the preparatory activities launched in 2001 and 2002 including
workshops and roadmapping exercises. This has led to a strong focus of
the Work programme on a limited set of strategic objectives that
need to be addressed at a European level.
The Workprogramme will be updated every year.
The ISTAG report on the recommendations for the Workprogrammes in FP6, the
reports on the analysis of Expressions of Interest as well as other reports on the
preparation workshops and Commission internal Groups are available on the IST
Web page www.cordis.lu/ist.
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Objectives, Structure and overall approach
IST in FP6: the overall vision
The IST thematic priority will contribute directly to realising European policies
for the knowledge society as agreed at the Lisbon Council of 2000, the
Stockholm Council of 2001, the Seville Council of 2002, and reflected in the e-
Europe Action Plan.
The strategy adopted in Lisbon 2000 is for an accelerated transition to a
competitive and dynamic knowledge economy capable of sustainable growth,
with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. This requires a wider
adoption, a broader availability and an extension of IST applications and
services in all economic and public sectors and in the society as a whole. IST
are the key underlying technologies for easier and efficient knowledge
creation, sharing and exploitation.
The objectives of IST in FP6 are therefore to ensure European leadership in
the generic and applied technologies at the heart of the knowledge economy.
It aims to increase innovation and competitiveness in European businesses
and industry and to contribute to greater benefits for all European citizens.
The focus of IST in FP6 is on the future generation of technologies in which
computers and networks will be integrated into the everyday environment,
rendering accessible a multitude of services and applications through easy-to-
use human interfaces. This vision of "ambient intelligence" 2 places the user,
the individual, at the centre of future developments for an inclusive
knowledge-based society for all.
This research effort will therefore reinforce and complement the
eEurope 20053 objectives and look beyond them to the 2010 goals of the
Union of bringing IST applications and services to everyone, every home,
every school and to all businesses.
eEurope2005 aims at a wider deployment of IST including to modernise
further the public services including egovernment, ehealth and elearning and
to create a dynamic business environment. It also aims at ensuring a higher
security of the information infrastructure and a wider availability of broadband
eEurope will therefore contribute to the adoption of the research results as
they emerge. It will also provide feedback about their acceptance and the
problems related to their use. This close articulation between the research
and policy initiatives is a key component of the Union strategy to achieve the
ISTAG report: Ambient Intelligence scenarios for 2010, www.cordis.lu/ist
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The Community support for IST in FP6 will help mobilise the industrial and
research community around high-risk long term goals. It should facilitate the
aggregation of public and private research effort on a European scale and
enable the development of a European Research Area (ERA) in IST.
IST in FP6: Coverage and main targets
Realising the vision requires a massive and integrated research effort that
addresses the major societal and economic challenges and ensures the co-
evolution of technologies and their applications.
The FP6 instruments, such as Integrated Projects, will enable the integration
of various research activities from knowledge generation and technology
development to their application and transfer. They provide an opportunity to
combine, as appropriate, the applied and the generic technology research.
This will help pull the technology developments with applications and services
addressing the socio-economic challenges and will help focus the applied
research on the development of the relevant innovative technology platforms.
The main societal and economic challenges to be addressed are :
- solving ―trust and confidence‖ problems so as to improve dependability of
technologies, infrastructures and applications. These should ensure
security, privacy and protect property and individual rights. Improving
trust in the knowledge society is a key requirement for its development.
- Strengthening social cohesion by providing efficient, intelligent and easy to
use systems for health, transport, inclusion, risk management,
environment, learning and cultural heritage.
- Enabling sustainable growth and improving competitiveness both of large
and small businesses as well as the efficiency and transparency of
governments. This includes the development of mobile eCommerce and
business and ework processes and will provide for more and better jobs.
- Supporting complex problem solving in science, society, industry and
businesses. The aim is to harness the computing and knowledge
management resources across Europe and bring them to the desktop of
any researcher, engineer or other end user.
This requires progress in three main technology building blocks:
- Pushing the limits of miniaturisation and minimising the costs and power
consumption of microelectronic components and micro-systems. This
includes breaking new barriers with current CMOS technology below the
10 nano-meter. It also includes the exploration of alternative materials
allowing further miniaturisation or organic flexible materials for displays,
sensors and actuators so that they can be placed anywhere, even in the
human body, and take any shape.
- Developing mobile, wireless, optical and broadband communication
infrastructures as well as software and computing technologies that are
reliable, pervasive, interoperable and can be adapted to accommodate
new applications and services. Europe‘s strengths both in communication
technologies and in embedded software and systems provide a clear
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opportunity to lead and contribute to the development of the next
generation of products and services.
- Developing user friendly interfaces which are intuitive, can interpret all our
senses such as speech, vision and touch and that understand our gestures
and various languages. This should be coupled with more powerful and
flexible knowledge technologies that are semantic-based and context-
aware. They should prepare for the next generation Web and make access
to, and creation of digital content more effective and more creative.
IST t o d a y T he I ST in FP6 visio n
PC based ………………………………. “Our surrounding” is the interface
“Writing and reading”…………….…. …Use all senses, intuitive
“Word” based information search……….Context-based knowledge handling
Low bandwidth, separate networks…. ….Infinite bandwidth, convergence, ..
Mobile telephony (voice)………….. ……Mob ile/Wireless full mult imed ia
Silicon based……………………………..+ new materials
e-Serv ices just emerg ing……………….. Wide adoption (eHealth, Learn ing,..)
< 10% of world population on-line….. …World-wide adoption
Workprogramme 2003-2004: Focus on a limited set of Strategic
In order to ensure concentration of effort and critical mass, the
Workprogramme for 2003-2004 is focussed on a limited set of Strategic
Objectives that are essential to realise the IST in FP6 goals. They have been
defined so as to mobilise researchers Europe-wide and bring together the
effort necessary to address the relevant challenges.
The Strategic objectives have been selected following an intensive
consultation process that included SWOT4 analyses exploring Europe‘s
options at the economic, social and technology levels. They cover technology
components, integrated systems and pull-through applications that have been
carefully identified so as:
- to reinforce European strengths in areas where it has established
industrial and technology leadership: This is the case for example in
mobile and wireless communications, in microelectronics and
microsystems, in embedded systems, in applied IST for health, transport
and business support tools.
- to overcome weaknesses in areas which are critical for European
competitiveness and for addressing societal challenges : This is the case
for the area of generic software and computing systems and in content
Europe’s SWOT analysis in IST are part of the reports of ISTAG, Expressions of
Interest and other workshops. They are all present on www.cordis.lu/ist
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development tools. The development of ambient intelligence provides an
opportunity for Europe to reposition itself for the next generation of
generic products and services building on a large user industry and service
- to exploit new opportunities and respond to emerging needs: Examples
include advanced interaction techniques, new sensors and Microsystems,
context-aware knowledge handling and Grid based systems to solve
complex problems in environment, health or engineering .
- to ensure the co-evolution of technology and applications so as
technology advances are exploitable in innovative products and services.
The IST priority seeks to promote integrated approaches to address the
overall programme vision. This is reflected in the definition and selection
of the set of objectives as explained in the following paragraph
Focus on the fields that need to be addressed at a European level:
realising the objectives of ERA in IST
Experience has shown that the development of common visions and
consensus building is a key element of European successes in IST. This will
require different types of sustained efforts and timescales according to the
field. Links and articulation of Community contribution with member states
activities and EUREKA, including in particular the funding of com plementary
research, will be therefore sought in all activities.
For each of the objectives, the Community support will focus only on the
work that is essential to be done at European level and that requires a
collaborative effort involving the research actors across the Union and
associated states. The Community effort will be therefore considered
systematically as part of a wider European approach to address these
The detailed description of the objectives in the next chapter is organised in a
way that highlights this approach. It clearly identifies for each objective, the
specific focus of the research that will be supported with Community funding
and the coordination mechanisms that need to be established with member
states and other private efforts in Europe.
It also provides indications on how the instruments will be used to attain the
objectives including higher integration and structuring of European research.
The aim is to ensure the incremental build up of Europe-wide approaches for
research in the key IST fields and help establish an IST European Research
An integrated approach associating generic and applied technology
The objectives address technology components, the integration into systems
and platforms as well as the development of innovative applications and
services. They are therefore interlinked and should not be seen as separate
isolated activities. A proposal addressing a specific objective, would cover all
the research that is necessary to achieve its goals. This could span across the
value chain from technology components to applications and services.
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A key component of this integrated approach is the need to bring together
different types of constituencies from the IST user and supply industry, from
academic research labs and from large and small companies. IST in FP6 will
therefore help establish solid frameworks for collaboration both within and
across industrial and technology sectors.
Socio-economic dimensions including the impact of research and technology
on the development of the information and knowledge-based society should
be addressed as an integral part of each project.
In addition to the above, IST in FP6 supports research to investigate and
experiment with future visions and emerging technologies (FET) at the
frontier of knowledge in the IST field. This will help new IST-related science
and technology fields and communities to emerge, some of which will
become strategic for economic and social development in the future and will
feed into the mainstream IST activities in the future.
The participation of SMEs in IST in FP6
The participation of SMEs in the IST research activities is essential given their
role in promoting innovation in this field. SMEs play a vital role in the
development of new visions in IST and transforming them into business
assets. This is illustrated by the level of participation of SMEs in the IST
programme in FP5 with more than 70 % of contracts involving at least one
SME, about 25% of total funding is taken by SMEs and about 27% of all
participating contractors are SMEs.
The IST priority on FP6 will aim at keeping a similar level of participation of
SMEs. This can only be achieved by ensuring a significant participation of
SMEs in the new instruments and in particular in Integrated Projects. Projects
in IST should therefore seek to build partnerships including SMEs and other
organisations. This might require specific actions within the projects to
ensure appropriate SMEs involvements.
Budget and planning for the four years
The estimated distribution of the budget commitments over the four years, as
well as the deadlines for the calls are given in the table below. The present
Workprogramme describes the content of the calls drawing on 2003 and 2004
budgets which will be around 1.725 Billion Euro.
Year 2003 2004 2005 2006
Indicative 835,000 891,000 935,000 964,000
Calls per 2 calls, One call, Not Specified Not Specified
year covering 2003 drawing on
and 2004 2005 budget
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Two calls for proposals are foreseen to cover the 2003-2004 budget. Each of
the calls will target a subset of the strategic objectives. In addition, one call
with fixed deadline is foreseen for mid 2004 and will draw on the 2005
budget. The details of this call will be provided in the yearly update of the
The detailed content of the calls for 2005 and 2006 will be defined in a way
that ensures also concentration and focus. It should enable the coverage of
the Specific programme whilst taking into account the evolution of needs,
markets and technologies.
The new instruments, Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence, will be
used as a priority means to realise the FP6 objectives when deemed
appropriate. The IST thematic priority will also use the other instrum ents
including Specific Targeted Research Projects, Coordination actions and
The use of the new instruments will help integrate and structure research
activities, bringing together European and national actions in the context of
creating the European Research Area. It will also help ensure, in IST, the co-
evolution of technologies and their integration in application contexts. The
flexibility and adaptability is also an important feature of the instruments.
It is expected that for each strategic objective, a limited number of
Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence are supported (on average
two to three). Several Specific Targeted research projects and other actions
are also foreseen in most objectives.
The budget of an integrated project can vary from several MEuro to several
tens of millions. The budget of a Network of Excellence can go up to several
MEuro per year.
The calls for proposals in the first two years will be open to all instruments
but it is expected that 70 % of the budget will be devoted to
Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence.
The detailed definition and objectives of the FP6 instruments are provided in
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Detailed descr ipt ion of the WP Content
The detailed descriptions of the strategic objectives is provided in the next
paragraphs. The order of the presentation of these objectives follows the
integration track from components to systems and applications.
Detailed description of the Strategic objectives
Objectives covered in the first call : (drawing on 2003 budget)
The table below shows the objectives that will be covered in the first call that
will draw mainly on the 2003 budget. The second call will draw on the 2004
Strategic objectives addressed in Call 1
Pushing the limits of CMOS, preparing for post-CMOS Technology
Micro and nano-systems
Broadband Access for All
Mobile and wireless systems beyond 3G
Towards a global dependability and security framework
Multimodal interfaces systems
Semantic-based knowledge systems
Networked audiovisual systems and home platforms
Networked organisations, businesses and governments
eSafety of road and air transports applications
Technology-enhanced learning and access to cultural
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Pushing the limits of CMOS and preparing for post-CMOS
Objective: To develop, ahead of the ITRS international roadmap,
semiconductor devices shrunk by an order of magnitude down to the 5 nm
size, and alternative devices for the post-CMOS era. Research will also aim at
enabling the design in-time and at cost, of reliable 1 billion gate systems-on-
chip or systems-in-package, improving productivity by a factor of 10 by 2010.
This will help prepare for the electronic components of 2010 and beyond.
For technologies, the focus is on
- integration of advanced and non-CMOS devices into the basic silicon
technologies and new on-chip wiring and related packaging technologies
to minimise signal propagation delays at nanoscale;
- driving the performance of silicon-based and of compound semiconductor
devices to facilitate ultra high frequency and high power applications and
to accelerate integration of micro and opto-electronics;
- pushing the limits of lithography including mask-less pattern transfer
technologies, and mask making technologies ;
- acquisition of knowledge and control of emerging nanoelectronics
technologies, with potential of high device performance and low cost of
mass production for future applications, and provision of better
environmental, safety and health conditions;
It is expected that work on the above topics would crystallise around
Integrated Projects on e;g. ―nano-CMOS‖ or ―lithography‖. these may include
equipment assessment actions. Networks of Excellence should help structure
research in ―new devices‖ and ―advanced lithography‖. It might be necessary
to complement major investments by industry in advanced research
infrastructure, to achieve the ambitious research goals above.
For design methods and tools, the focus is on:
- providing novel approaches to design better and faster at system level.
The major challenges are to maintain or improve system performance and
reliability, to specify and verify at system level, to stimulate IP reuse, to
optimise power consumption, and to enhance flexibility and
- devising methods to improve the use of large systems by including
redundancy or to improve the testability, in particular with self-test
- addressing specific challenges in design with new methods and tools.
These include mixed-signal design, low power design, RF circuits and
- supporting the industry in the change from board electronics to system-
on-chip and complementing the design activities with education and
training in modern design practice. Developing, demonstrating or
standardising architectures and methods improving the design productivity
is also needed.
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It is expected that work on the above topics would crystallise around
Integrated Projects on e.g. ―system-level SoC design‖ or ―reconfigurable
systems‖. The IPs are expected to include complementary user involvement.
Networks of excellence should help structure the European research effort in
―SoC design standardisation and training‖.
For both, technologies and design tools, topics complementing this overall
strategy could come forward through the other instruments but should strictly
be focused on promising alternative approaches.
Work should, where appropriate, enhance and complement work
implemented under EUREKA/MEDEA and in initiatives at Member State level.
It should also fit with the major industrial investments in the field. Activities
should be seen in the light of contributing to the intellectual property portfolio
and to the knowledge that will enable Europe to compete internationally.
Micro and nano systems
Objective: To improve the cost-efficiency, performance and functionality of
micro and nano-systems and to increase the level of integration and
miniaturisation allowing for improved interfacing with their surrounding and
with networked services and systems. This should foster their integration into
a wide range of intelligent products and applications.
Focus is on :
- the technology, design and industrialisation of sensors, actuators, other
devices, MST components, microsystems and the integration technology
so as :
i) to integrate sensing, actuating, computing, processing and power
optimisation in a wide range of materials (such as plastic, textile, paper,
wood and concrete) for a wide set of applications in particular for flexible
and/or portable applications.
ii) to allow systems to miniaturise to very small form factors (small
sizes, low weight, less connections and low power consumption) opening
a wide set of new applications.
iii) to improve and to intensify the interaction between man, machine,
ambient, and device, integrating very different ‗properties‘, sciences,
environments and technologies.
iv) to add functions and intelligence to a wide range of applications and
their interfaces, including multi-sensory concepts.
v) to improve the performance and lower the cost of systems /
- vi) to increase the density and performance of system level packaging and
interconnect of micro-electronic, optical, opto-electronic and photonic
components, subsystems and microsystems. The demonstrations and
validation of the concepts should be in different application fields and
prove their industrialisation potential.
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– vii) to explore the application potential of micro-nano technology and the
integration of nano dimensions in macro and micro systems; to research
the interconnect and integration technologies required to establish the
nano to macro interface and to have ‗nano‘ interacting with their ambient.
– viii) to demonstrate the feasibility and capabilities of large area systems
integration covering the integration of sensing, actuating, processing in
very large systems (including the related system approach) not restricted
to one or the other material, environment, or purpose.
It is expected that work on topics i) to vi) will crystallise around Integrated
Projects, stimulating multidisciplinary applied research for visionary
applications. They should, when needed, cover also innovation and take-up
activities, access to research infrastructures so as to facilitate cooperation and
the involvement of SMEs. They may simultaneously address one or more of
the different foci above and can be built incrementally starting from the first
Networks of Excellence, in particular for i), iii) and vi) are expected to
complement the Integrated Projects for further structuring the ERA in these
fields. Additional Specific Targeted Research projects and specific support
actions will be restricted to explore highly promising alternative approaches to
prepare new technological fields and will cover systems at the nano scale, in
particular for areas (vii) and (viii)
Work should were appropriate, enhance, complement and be complemented
by work implemented under priority 3, EUREKA/EURIMUS and other initiatives
at Member State level and be positioned in an international context.
Coordination mechanisms will be established.
Broadband Access for All
Objective: To develop the network technologies and architectures allowing a
generalised availability of broadband access to European users, including
those in less developed regions. This is a key enabler to the wider
deployment of the information and knowledge-based society and economy.
Focus is on
- Low cost access network equipment, for a range of technologies
optimised as a function of the operating environment, including optical
fibre, fixed wireless access, interactive broadcasting, satellite access, and
power line networks.
- New concepts for network management , control and protocols, to lower
the operational costs, provide enhanced intelligence and functionality in
the access network for delivery of new services, and end-to-end network
- Multi-service capability, with a single access network physical
infrastructure shared by multiple services allowing a reduction in capital
and operational expenditures for installation and maintenance;
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- Increased bandwidth capacity, in the access network as well as in the
underlying optical core/metro network (including in particular optical burst
and packet switching), commensurate with the expected evolution in user
requirements and Internet-related services.
These research objectives are framed in a system context and are required to
address the technological breakthroughs in support of the socio-economic
evolution towards availability of low cost and generalised broadband access.
This should therefore lead to:
- Optimized access technologies, as a function of the operating
environment, at affordable price allowing for a generalized introduction of
broadband services in Europe and in less developed regions;
- Technologies allowing the access portion of the next generation network
to match the evolution of the core network, in terms of capacity,
functionality and Quality of Service available to the end users.
- A European consolidated approach regarding regulatory aspects, and for
standardized solutions allowing the identification of best practice, and
introduction of low cost end user and access network equipment;
Consortia are encouraged to secure support from other sources as well and
to build on related national initiatives. Widespread introduction of broadband
access will require the involvement of industry, network operators and public
authorities, through a wide range of public-private initiatives.
Satellite parts of the work should be clearly placed in the context of related
ESA efforts. Activities on satellite communications is done in coordination with
the activities in the thematic priority on ―aeronautics and space‖.
Mobile and Wireless Systems Beyond 3G
Objective: To realise the vision of "Optimally Connected Anywhere, Anytime".
Early preparatory work has characterized Systems beyond 3G as an horizontal
communication model, where different terrestrial access levels and
technologies are combined to complement each other in an optimum way for
different service requirements and radio environments. They may include the
personal level (Personal/Body Area/Ad Hoc Network) the local/home level (W-
LAN, UWB) the cellular level (GPRS, UMTS) the wider area level (DVB-T,
The resulting access landscape is complemented by a satellite overlay
network, providing notably a global multicast layer (e.g. S-DMB).
Reconfigurability is a key enabler to support such an heterogeneous and
generalised wireless access.
Focus is on:
- A Generalised Access Network based on a common, flexible and seamless
all IP infrastructure supporting scalability and mobility.
- Advanced resource management techniques for the Generalised Access
Network allowing optimum usage of the scarce spectrum resource
enabling dynamic spectrum allocation.
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- Global roaming for all access technologies, with horizontal and vertical
hand-over and seamless services provision, with negotiation capabilities
including mobility, security and QoS.
- Inter-working between access technologies and with the core network at
both, service and control planes, including advanced service and
composite network management.
- Advanced architectures that enable reconfigurability at all layers (terminal,
network and services)
Research is expected to be placed in a system context and to address the
technological breakthrough in support of this conceptual evolution. It should
open new social and economic opportunities by allowing full seamless and
nomadic user access to new classes of feature rich applications, and new
classes of person to person, device to device and device to persons
Outcome expected from this work is:
- A consolidated European approach to technology, systems and services,
notably in the field of future standards (e.g. for access), in the
international fora (WRC, ITU, 3GPP-IETF, ETSI, DVB…) where the issue of
systems beyond 3G is addressed;
- A consolidated European approach regarding the spectrum requirements
(terrestrial and satellites) in the evolution beyond 3G and a clear
European understanding of the novel ways of optimizing spectrum usage
when moving beyond 3G;
- A consolidated European approach to reconfigurability and to the
associated new regulatory problem (notably in terms of security/privacy)
entailed by this novel technology.
Towards a global dependability and security framework
Objective: To strengthen security and enhance dependability of the
information and communication systems and infrastructures and to ensure
trust and confidence in the use of IST by addressing new security and
dependability challenges. These are resulting from higher complexity,
ubiquity of computing and communications, mobility, and increased
dynamicity of content. Integrated and comprehensive approaches involving
all relevant stakeholders of the value chain should address security and
dependability at different levels and from different perspectives.
Focus is on:
– Development of integrated approaches, architectures and technologies for
security and mobility, virtual identity management, privacy enhancing
both at application level and at infrastructure level. Aspects of usability as
well as socio-economic and regulatory issues would have to be taken into
– Development of integrated interdisciplinary approaches and ensuing
technologies for the provision of dependable network and information
systems that underpin our economy and our society.
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– Development of modelling-, and simulation-based management decision
support tools for critical infrastructure protection addressing ICT -related
interdependencies of critical infrastructures and aiming at prevention of
threats and reduction of vulnerabilities.
– Development, testing and verification of underlying and novel crypto
technologies for a wide spectrum of applications. Development, testing
and verification of technologies for protecting, securing and trustable
distribution of digital assets. Due consideration should be given to
implementation and standardisation issues and to security policy
development and consensus building among the relevant key players.
– Research, development, testing and certification on next generation
secure smart devices (e.g. smart cards) and their components. This
includes design, production and automated verification of smart devices.
– Multidisciplinary research on biometrics and its applications with due
consideration also of the social and operational issues. Strengthening
European competence on security certification leading to mutual
recognition as well as network and computing forensic technologies to
Work should link to Member State research initiatives and policies. Related to
dependability and critical infrastructure protection, targeted international
collaboration with complementary research communities and programmes
should be fostered.
Objective: To develop natural and adaptive multimodal interfaces, that
respond intelligently to speech and language, vision, gesture, haptics and
Focus is on:
– Interaction between and among humans and the virtual and physical
environment, through intuitive multimodal interfaces that are autonomous
and capable of learning and adapting to the user environment in
dynamically changing contexts. They should recognise emotive user
reaction and feature robust dialogue capability with unconstrained speech
and language input.
– Multilingual systems facilitating translation for unrestricted domains,
especially for spontaneous or ill-formed (speech) inputs, in task-oriented
Work can span from basic research in areas such as machine learning and
accurate vision and gesture tracking, to system level integration with proof of
concept in challenging application domains, including wearable interfaces and
smart clothes, intelligent rooms and interfaces for collaborative working tools,
and cross-cultural communications.
IPs are expected to address the objectives within a holistic approach
enabling, where justified, competition within and across projects. NoEs should
aim at lowering barriers between hitherto split communities and disciplines
and advance knowledge in the field. They should help establish and reinforce
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shared infrastructures, including for training and evaluation, annotation
standards and appropriate usability metrics and benchmarks. STRPs are
expected to bootstrap research in identifiable or emerging sub-domains and
to prepare associated communities.
Semantic-based Knowledge Systems
Objective: To develop semantic-based and context-aware systems to acquire,
organise, process, share and use the knowledge embedded in multimedia
content. Research will aim to maximise automation of the complete
knowledge lifecycle and achieve semantic interoperability between Web
resources and services.
Focus is on:
- Semantic-enabled systems and services facilitating multimedia content
mining on the Web and across distributed computing platforms. They
should be self-organising, robust and scaleable and enable better mastery
of complex information spaces through improved analysis, interpretation
and visualisation of high-dimensional objects and content.
- Knowledge-based adaptive systems, combining semantically enriched
content with "anytime-anywhere inferencing" in support of knowledge-
intensive, time-critical tasks, especially for modelling and optimisation,
automated diagnosis and decision-support.
Projects will cover all research aspects needed to achieve the above,
- Foundational research: new formal models, methods and languages for
knowledge representation and reasoning under uncertainty, including
learning models from data and multilingual and multimedia ontology
infrastructure for the semantic Web.
- Component-level research addressing the functionality of knowledge
systems: new generation of tools to support automatic acquisition,
analysis, annotation, (re)organisation, browsing, filtering, processing and
visualisation of multimedia content.
- System-level integration with proof of concept of knowledge technologies
and components into novel semantic-based services and applications.
Projects will maximise cross-fertilization between several different areas,
including knowledge technologies and engineering, database technology,
agent technology, natural language processing, etc. IPs will aim at
addressing, within an end-to-end approach, all stages of the research,
covering foundational, component-level as well as system-level research.
Component-level research may be the subject of focused STRPs. NoEs will
provide a channel for fostering longer-term foundational research, developing
shared ontologies and data infrastructures, including metrics for system
training and evaluation, and promoting standards and open reference
Networked Audiovisual systems and home platforms
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Objective: To develop end-to-end networked audio-visual systems and
applications, and open trusted and interoperable multimedia user platforms
and devices, notably for broadcasting and in-home platforms with full
Focus is on:
- Trusted free choice environments for more intuitive access and interaction
with hybrid 3D multimedia signals and objects. Rich media objects
representation, identification, location and description.
- Seamlessly co-operating IP audiovisual (AV) networks, new middleware
protocols and architectures for real time and consistent multimedia
routing and distribution, load and balancing control mechanisms, P2P,
datacasting and streaming of audio-visual rich media. Adaptive Quality of
Services for scalable audio-visual flows on heterogeneous networks, AV
internetworking, network traffic engineering, interactive AV service
management, and simulation.
- Home server portals, interoperability between home networking
technologies and their integration with global networks, as a means for
access to, and generation of combined applications and services. AV
portals with storage, management and repackaging appliances, including
extended home distribution. Advanced retrieval methods and business
models to support access to streamed and stored audiovisual media from
anywhere in the home and car environment from any device.
Research will strongly concentrate on enabling technology for error-resilient
representation, slicing and handling of rich audio-visual signals. This concerns
basic research, structuring and federating the best groups in Europe from the
communication areas. It also concerns research in high potential, industry-
driven domains such as next generation 3D-TV, electronic cinema, virtual &
tele-presence and future mixed-reality-based mobile personal communication
services. A strong requirement will be that these activities should be centred
around a communication infrastructure and should aim at exploiting the
outstanding European potential developed over several Programmes in this
area. Active contribution to world-wide standard setting will be a prerequisite.
Networked organisations, businesses and governments
Objective: To develop ICTs supporting organisational networking, process
integration, and sharing of resources. This shall enable networked
organisations, private and public, to build faster and more effective
partnerships and alliances, to re-engineer and integrate their processes, to
develop value added products and services, and to share knowledge and
Focus is on:
– Management of dynamic collaborative networks through the development
of harmonisation frameworks, open platform specifications, models and
ontologies. Multi-disciplinary research into complex adaptive and self-
organising systems and modelling, representing, tracking and measuring
distributed work and knowledge flows.
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– Technologies for interoperability through open networks of intelligent,
autonomous, self-adaptive, self-configurable, and scalable software
components for networked organisations including SMEs. Novel reference
architectures working in dynamic networks using ontologies, agent and
grid technologies, web-services, semantic web and peer-to-peer
computing. Open e-government architectures based on European
standards and national initiatives supporting secure infrastructures of
open source software solutions for all aspects of the government
operation, including electronic democracy systems and interaction with
– Managing knowledge to support innovation through sharing, brokering
and trading knowledge across the value chain, supporting value-adding
processes and business strategies. Emergent innovation-friendly
collaborative spaces and working environments that facilitate leveraging of
tacit knowledge, creativity and resource productivity. Measurement and
management of intellectual capital and knowledge modelling from multiple
– IST as driver for small businesses and government re-organisation
through local economic development processes including small business
ecosystems and their interactions with local government. Evaluation and
measurement of e-government models at all levels.
– Socioeconomic research in the governance of networked organisations,
legal issues and corporate social responsibility.
IPs shall follow an integrated and multidisciplinary approach bringing together
a critical mass of effort and favouring the development of partnerships with
business and government organisations , academic research labs,
standardisation organisations and technology transfer centres. NoEs shall
integrate the different research communities and build up new knowledge,
while STRPs and other measures should support emerging sub-domains.
Work will build on and complement the Member State activities in the field.
eSafety for Road and Air Transport
Objective: To develop an integrated and global approach to intelligent road
vehicles and aircraft which offers higher safety and value added services,
where interactions between the person in control, the vehicle and the
information infrastructure are addressed in an integrated way.
Focus is on:
- Research on advanced sensors and communication systems as well
as highly dependable software and interfaces to integrate on-board
safety systems that assist the driver in road vehicle control;
advanced airborne collision avoidance systems for aircraft.
- For road transport, research in distributed intelligent agents, secure
communications and advanced positioning and mapping
technologies and their integration for supporting the provision of
location based value added services.
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- For road and air transport, work on vehicle and information
infrastructure management systems with emphasis on safety and
Proposals will describe how relevant results and funding from non-EU
programmes (e.g. PREDIT, Mobilitaet und Verkehr, EUREKA etc) will be
combined to contribute to this task. National and regional test infrastructure
should also be incorporated where appropriate.
Projects should aim at fostering partnership between advanced research
laboratories from the road or air transport industry, telecommunication
industry, infrastructure operators, equipment and service providers and users.
It is likely that the research domains will be covered mainly with IPs as well
as a few STRPs.
Objective: To develop an intelligent environment that enables ubiquitous
management of citizen‘s health status and to assist health professionals in
coping with some major challenges, risk management and the integration into
clinical practice of advances in health knowledge.
Focus is on:
Research and development on key technologies such as biosensors and
secure communication and their integration into wearable or implantable
systems that provide citizens and their health professionals with
ubiquitous management of health status. The expected outcome include
intelligent and communicating clothing and/or implants that interact and
communicate securely when appropriate with other health systems and
Research on new reliable software tools supporting health professionals in
taking promptly the best possible decision. Specific focus will be given to
research on user-friendly, fast and reliable browsing tools providing access
to heterogeneous health information sources, and also new m ethods for
decision support and risk analysis. The use of GRID technology and open
source is encouraged where appropriate.
Networking of researchers in the areas of medical informatics,
bioinformatics and neuroinformatics with the objectives of leading to new
health knowledge and new generation of eHealth systems assisting in
individualisation of disease prevention, diagnoses and treatment.
Proposals will describe how relevant results and funding from non-EU
programmes will be combined to contribute to this task. International,
national and regional test infrastructure should also be incorporated where
Projects should aim at enhancing European industrial competitiveness by
building partnerships between advanced R&D laboratories from relevant
sectors relating to health and healthcare e.g. medical devices, eHealth,
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telecommunication, specialised software providers, infrastructure operators,
equipment and service providers, and users.
It is likely that the two first domains will be addressed by IPs and the third
one by NoEs. Some STRPs are expected in all domains.
Technology-enhanced learning and access to cultural heritage
Objective: To develop advanced systems and services that help improve
access to Europe's knowledge and educational resources (including cultural
and scientific collections) and generate new forms of cultural and learning
Focus is on :
– Improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of learning, for individuals
and organisations, independent of time, place and pace, through the
development of open systems and services in support of ubiquitous,
experiential and contextualised learning and virtual collaborative learning
communities. Work combines advanced cognitive and knowledge-based
approaches with new media, including virtual and augmented reality,
virtual presence and simulation, takes account of technological,
pedagogical as well as organisational aspects, and aims at demonstrating
next-generation learning solutions in sizable field experiments.
– Improving accessibility, visibility and recognition of the commercial value of
Europe's cultural and scientific resources, by developing: advanced digital
libraries services, providing high-bandwidth access to distributed and
highly interactive repositories of European culture, history and science;
environments for intelligent heritage and tourism, re-creating and
visualising cultural and scientific objects and sites for enhancing user
experience in cultural tourism; advanced tools, platforms and services in
support of highly automated digitisation processes and workflows, digital
restoration and preservation of film and video material, and digital memory
management and exploitation.
IPs will be the main vehicle for R&D and demonstration of learning systems
and services, while NoEs will contribute to exploratory, longer-term research
enhancing human learning and cognitive processes. All instruments, including
STRPs, will help promoting best practice, take up and dissemination.
The digital libraries field is open for both NoEs and IPs, developing shared
test-beds and resources and seeking to connect scientific and cultural actors.
NoEs and STRPs will be the prevailing instruments for intelligent heritage and
tourism . Work in Preservation aims at structuring new research communities
round emerging agendas and platforms for research, through IPs and NoEs.
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Objectives covered in the second call : (2004 budget)
The table below shows the objectives that will be covered in the second call
that will draw on the 2004 budget.
Objectives covered in Call 2
Optical, opto-electronic, & photonic functional components
Open development platforms for software and
Embedded systems systems
Applications and services for the mobile user and
Cross-media content for leisure and entertainment
GRID-based Systems and solving complex
Improving Risk management
Product design and manufacturing 20105
Objective: To develop, demonstrate and prepare for industrialisation
emerging display technologies related to polymer materials, lightweight near-
to-the-eye information terminals and large size displays for the consumer like
wall paper TV displays in order to improve their performance, cost efficiency,
their integration in any system and their interfacing with the user.
Focus is on:
- i) mastering stable and light efficient polymer display technologies, and
advancing polymer electronics. The aim is also to make their mass
manufacturing compatible with printing techniques, to build on flexible
technologies so as to demonstrate conformable displays (e.g. e-paper,
wearable or woven displays) and to demonstrate these technologies for
small hand-held and for affordable large size applications.
- ii) developing display solutions for small form factor high information
content communicators (like for lightweight transparent eyeglasses with
This will be the subject of a joint call with Priority 3
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microdisplay / direct retina writing or micro-projectors) and achieving their
integration and demonstration in complete systems.
- iii) overcoming today‘s 3D multi-viewer dynamic visualisation complexity
and limitations (volumetric, holographic)
It is expected that research activities on topics i) and ii) crystallise around
Integrated Projects; and are organised either vertically - combining
materials, components, equipment, display RTD, integration and
customisation for some applications - or are clustered around major
technology strands with a view to spin out results in different innovative
applications. Networks of Excellence in particular for i) are expected to
complement the Integrated Project activities. Additional Specific Targeted
Research Projects and Specific Support Actions will be restricted to highly
exploratory and promising alternative approaches to prepare new
technological fields and to cover research objective iii.
Work should where appropriate build upon existing networks and activities in
the Member States and be positioned in an international context.
Coordination mechanisms are expected to be established.
Optical, opto-electronic, and photonic functional components
Objective: To develop advanced materials, micro- and nano-scale photonic
structures and devices, solid-state sources and to realise optoelectronic
integrated circuits (OEIC). In the last 20 years, optics and photonics have
become increasingly pervasive in a wide range of industrial applications. It
has now become the heart of a new industry, building on microelectronics
with which it will be increasingly linked.
Projects are expected to address research challenges for 2010 and beyond in
one or more of the following application contexts: ―telecommunication and
infotainment‖ (components for ―low-cost high-bandwidth‖ and ―Terabyte
storage‖), ―health care and life science‖ (minimally invasive photonic
diagnostics and therapies, biophotonic devices),and ―Environment and
Security‖ (photonic sensors and imagers)
- advanced materials, microoptics and micro-nano-photonic
structures: passive and active photonic materials and heterostructures,
and their integration with microelectronic main stream processes. This
includes compound semiconductors, organic and polymers and glass;
- advanced devices and integrated photonic circuits implementing
functional requirements of telecommunication (e.g, electro-optic and all-
optical processing), of medical (e.g, biophotonics and imaging) and of
environment applications (e.g, sensors).
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- advanced solid-state light sources to increase compactness,
tunability and brightness. Work will also include ultra-short pulse,
microcavities and source array technologies.
It is expected that work on the above topics would crystallise around
integrated projects on ―sources‖, ―photonic devices‖, and ―opto-electronic
integrated circuits‖. Networks of excellence should help structure in ―micro-
nano scale structures and devices‖ and ―polymer/organic components and
fibers‖. Topics complementing this overall strategy could come forward
through the other instruments but should strictly be focused on promising
alternative approaches. Proposals for Coordination Actions to support the
development of roadmaps in the field are encouraged.
Open development Platforms for software and services
Objective: To build open development and run-time environments for
software and services providing the next generation of methodologies,
interoperable middleware and tools to support developers - through all
phases of the software life-cycle, from requirements analysis until deployment
and maintenance - in the production of networked and distributed software
systems and services, embedded software and value-added user services.
Focus is on:
– High level methods and concepts (esp. at requirements and architectural
level) for system design, development and integration, addressing non-
functional aspects, complexity, autonomy and composability.
– Open and modular development environments, enabling flexibility and
extensibility with new or sector-specific tools (e.g. intelligent decision
support), supporting different adaptable development processes and
methodologies and ensuring consistency and traceability across the
– Light/agile methodologies and adaptive workflow providing a dynamic and
adaptive environment, suitable for co-operative and distributed
– Open platforms, middleware and languages supporting standards for
interoperability, composability and integration. (incl. e.g. P2P, GRID,
autonomy, agents, dynamic adaptability and evolvability, context
awareness, customer profiles). Open source middleware layers can
facilitate rapid and broad adoption.
Priority will be given to projects in which strong industrial users join forces
with software and service suppliers in building common platforms with
support of academic research partners.
In addition, related foundational research, to be implemented by Specific
Targeted Research Projects and Coordination Actions, should focus on
fundamental design concepts, systematisation of domain specifications,
concurrency, distribution and timing, formal and quantitative analysis and
testing tools, and future database and information system concepts.
Work should where appropriate, enhance and complement work implemented
under EUREKA/ITEA and in software initiatives at Member State level. The
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IST programme will seek active co-operation with ITEA in software intensive
Objective: To construct physically instantiated or embodied systems that can
perceive, understand (the semantics of information conveyed through their
perceptual input) and interact with their environment, and evolve in order to
achieve human-like performance in activities requiring context-(situation and
task) specific knowledge.
Focus is on:
- methodologies and construction of robust and adaptive cognitive systems
integrating perception, reasoning, representation and learning, that are
capable of interpretation, physical interaction and communication in real-
world environments for the purpose of performing goal-directed tasks.
Research will aim at realising complete systems with real-time
performance and/or bounded rationality, have well developed memory
capacities (e.g. short term, long term, iconic, associative) with efficient
representation, and that acquire representations as needed to realise
performance goals. The emphasis is on closing the loop in realistic test
A main target of this research is interdisciplinarity, i.e., to carefully consider
the integration of different disciplines including computer vision, natural
language understanding, robotics, artificial intelligence, mathematics and
cognitive neuroscience and its impact on overall system design. IPs are
expected to leverage these communities to integrate methods and insights
towards the objective of realising entire systems and to promote community
building. NoEs will provide a channel for fostering foundational research, for
developing and maintaining common resources, specifically, of open systems
and training environments to study learning and evolving systems.
Objective: To develop the next generation of technologies and tools for
modelling, design, implementation and operation of hardware/software
systems embedded in intelligent devices. An end-to-end systems vision
should allow to build such systems with optimal performance, high confidence
and reduced time to market and faster deployment.
Focus is on:
- Middleware and platforms for building Networked Embedded Systems that
aim to hide the complexity of underlying computing, communications,
sensing and control while, at the same time, providing efficient and
effective distribution of resources at low cost. Emphasis will be on
middleware for small wireless devices, e.g. mobile phones or PDAs, that
makes design, programming, verification and maintenance of systems
including such devices easier. It will also be on scalable and self-
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small devices and for mastering complexity through perception techniques
for object and event recognition and advanced computing and control.
- Concepts, methods and tools for Hardware-Software Co-design and
implementation of systems, with emphasis on correct handling of complex
Real-Time constraints. Work includes unification of computational models
and composition methods, holistic design addressing event and time
constraints, and techniques and integrated validation tools to ensure ultra-
stable, embedded systems.
- Advanced Controls for Real-Time systems with emphasis on hybrid systems
theories including non-linear processes with both constraints and
switching modes. Advanced controls for Networked Embedded Systems
with emphasis on networked autonomous and fault adaptive control and
management, as well as on reasoning, behaviour, global performance
It is expected that work on Networked Embedded Systems and on Hardware-
Software Co-design would crystallise around Integrated Projects which would
also address the relevant parts of work on Advanced Controls. These IPs are
expected to create critical mass by covering: basic and foundational research
(e.g. methods, models, languages), component-based research (e.g. new
generation of tools) and systems integration. Projects must stimulate
innovation in business and industrial systems by incorporating leading-edge
users with visionary application problems and also users with mid-term issues
and SMEs to ensure a wider take-up. An incremental approach starting with a
group of core partners is recommended.
Networks of Excellence are expected to complement the IPs, in particular for
Advanced Controls where activities with a longer term horizon are needed for
further structuring the ERA in this field. Additional Specific Targeted Research
Projects and Specific Support Actions are encouraged to explore emerging
technologies or alternative approaches so as to pave the way for additional
new technological advances in the field.
Work should, where appropriate, strengthen and complement research
implemented under EUREKA and in national initiatives.
Applications and Services for the Mobile User and worker
Objective: To ensure the availability of innovative applications and services
for the mobile user and worker and to support the use and development of
new work methods and collaborative business platforms. These should be
based on interoperable mobile, wireless technologies and the convergence of
fixed and mobile communication infrastructures. Such applications and
services will enable new business models, new ways of working, improved
customer relations and government services including voting.
The target applications and services will be capable of being seamlessly
accessed and provided anywhere, anytime and in any context.
Focus is on:
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– The integration of technologies into a wide range of innovative mobile and
multimodal applications and services including workplace designs that
enhance creativity and productivity:
Intelligent, adaptive and self-configuring services, including location
based services, that provide access to corporate and government
resources and deploy wearable interfaces. They should enable
automatic context-sensitivity, user profiling and personalisation in a
trusted and secure environment, multi-lingual and multi-cultural
presentation, and multiple modes of interaction;
Novel workplace designs and methods of work organisation that
enable collaboration of multi-location and mobile workers and can
increase participation in, and access to work by women, disabled and
older workers and in remote and rural areas .
– Addressing the major hurdles for the deployment of applications and
services for the mobile user so as to ensure:
openness and interoperability of service development and
provision environments, including location-based services compatible
with existing and emerging satellite infrastructures (e.g. Galileo),
interoperability of service roaming across heterogeneous
networks, service environments and fixed and wireless environments
including billing, payment, ticketing and accounting services,
Projects shall cover research, development, testing and uptake activities with
emphasis on multiservice large scale systems in several sectoral settings.
They shall aim at integrated and multidiscipline approaches, covering socio-
economic, regulatory and policy issues and the analysis of economic drivers,
including intangible value creation, and foster partnerships between industrial
and academic actors including service providers, operators in different
European countries, content providers and equipment manufacturers.
Cross-media content for leisure and entertainment
Objective: To improve the full digital content chain, covering creation,
acquisition, management and production, through effective multimedia
technologies enabling multi-channel, cross-platform access to media,
entertainment and leisure content in the form of film, music, games, news
and alike. It will accelerate take up in B2B, B2C and C2C, currently hampered
by insufficient productivity, convergence and high cost.
Focus is on:
– developing technologies supporting the creation of new, compelling forms
of content for interactive, creative or artistic consumption. Research should
aim at advancing imaging technologies and audio-visual representation,
multi-dimensional immersive environments and experience portals, as well
as virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies featuring higher
levels of quality and accuracy. Device adaptivity and contextualisation,
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personalisation and (emotive) feedback, and ability to capture real-time,
multimodal and multisensorial input will be embedded as needed.
– developing integrated content programming environments allowing to
retrieve content from different sources, types and locations, and to store,
compress and categorise it, with a view to realising programming
appropriate to a particular audience and delivery channel, including
interactive TV, e-cinema, radio, online games and music.
IPs will address the full RTD spectrum outlined above, also covering workflow
issues, versioning and re-purposing, user needs and acceptance, business
models, DRM, security and privacy. NoEs are expected to explore radically
new forms of content and associated experience models. All instruments
should aim to mobilise relevant media value chain players, in particular
content creators and aggregators, and broadcasters and publishers.
GRID-based Systems for solving complex problems
– To expand the potential of the GRID approach to solving complex
problems which can not be solved with current technologies in application
fields such as, but not limited to, industrial design, engineering and
manufacturing, health, genomics and drug design, environment, critical
infrastructures, energy, business and finance, and new media.
– To overcome present architectural and design limitations hampering the
use and wider deployment of computing and knowledge GRIDs and to
enrich its capabilities by including new functionalities required for complex
problem solving. This should help the larger uptake of GRID type
architectures and extend the concept from computation Grids to
knowledge GRIDs, eventually leading to a ―semantic GRID‖.
Focus is on:
– Architecture, design and development of the next generation GRID beyond
extensions of existing technologies, based on open standards, including
security built-in at all levels, programming environments, resource
management; economic and business models for new services,
customisable middleware, interoperability with existing GRID and
Webservices. An integrated and comprehensive approach including stake
holders from all relevant levels is required.
– Enabling application technologies for the solution of complex problems in
domains requiring a GRID-based approach, including next generation tools
and environments for modelling, simulation, datamining, visualisation,
process control, remote operation; and collaborative working in dynamic
virtual organisations. To exploit synergies and avoid duplication,
communities in different application domains having similar requirements
shall join forces and share common layers.
Co-operation with research activities in the Member States is necessary for
building critical mass, avoiding duplication of efforts and strengthening
European leadership. A multi-disciplinary approach across the relevant levels
of the value chain is required. For the first focus it is a priority to foster
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international collaboration with complementary research communities and
Improving Risk management
Objective: To develop open platforms, integrated systems and components
for improved risk management, improved civil security applications (including
threats from anti-personnel landmines) and environmental management. To
foster the emergence of a European info-structure and service platforms
which will foster the use of interoperable components and sub-systems.
Focus is on:
– Research on key IST technologies, notably: robust and/or low cost smart
sensors with communication and location capabilities, advanced modelling
and simulation software, data mining and visualisation, GRID technology to
be integrated in improved decision support systems for the prevention and
the management of emergencies. When appropriate, applications should
seamlessly integrate data from earth observation to contribute to the
GMES action plan.
– Research on new concepts and IST technologies to enhance Civil Security
in the prevention and the management of industrial and terrorist threats.
Work will also cover technologies for Humanitarian De-mining with a focus
on Area Reduction, and methods for the reliable detection of safe areas,
and multi-purpose sensors for risks including mine and explosive detection.
A special emphasis will be put on the co-ordination of humanitarian de-
mining research at a European level.
– Actions to help the emergence of a European info-structure and associated
services for environmental and natural resources management. In
particular, actions to improve co-ordination towards the harmonisation and
standardisation of: data access, meta-data, and open architectures.
In the first focus area, Integrated projects shall help develop, principally,
common open platforms for software and services supporting a distributed
information and decision systems for risk and crisis management. The main
expected result is a common risk management architecture capable of
supporting a wide range of applications covering the five risk cycles: risk
assessment and planning, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Such generic architectures are to support any type of risk (environmental,
industrial or terrorist) in a common approach. In the second focus area, in
addition to some research projects (IPs or STRPs), Networks of Excellence
and/or co-ordination actions will help structure research in the field of
Proposals will describe how objectives, project work, results and funding from
international, national and regional programmes will contribute to the EU
Objective: To develop intelligent systems that empower persons with
disabilities and ageing citizens to play a full role in society and to increase
their autonomy. eInclusion is a core building block in the establishment of the
Information Society for all in Europe. Research activities will also be
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conducted in two others priorities: ‗Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge
Society‘ and ‗Support to EU policies‘.
As far as the IST priority is concerned, focus is on:
– Research on advanced interfaces, information modeling, low cost sensors
and possibly robotics to be integrated in assistive devices and services for
persons with special needs.
– Research on intelligent housing for persons with special needs to be
addressed in an integrated approach.
– Networking of researchers, on one hand in the domain of assistive
technologies to provide significant improvements in the quality of life of
users with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments and on the other
hand in the domain of design-for-all for mainstream products and services
for example by developing new knowledge about cognitive demands and
new multimodal platforms.
Socio-economic, regulatory and policy dimensions should also be addressed
within the projects. Proposals will describe how objectives, project work,
results and funding from international, national and regional programmes will
contribute to the EU funded programmes.
Projects should aim at fostering partnership between advanced research
laboratories in the key IST domains from the industry, system integrators,
service providers and relevant users.
It is likely that the 2 first domains will be covered by STRPs and IPs and that
the third domain will be covered by NoEs.
Services and Products engineering in 2010 (This is the subject of
a joint call with Priority 3)
Objective: To further strengthen Europe‘s competitive position by developing
collaborative technologies and methodologies for extended service and
product development approaches, including associated services and
distributed global manufacturing organisation. Community funding should
help integrate, in a global context, fragmented European and IMS RTD efforts
in product and process design, and to focus on new holistic product/service
Focus is on:
– technologies, engineering methodologies, novel tools and work
environments and methods that facilitate creativity, resource use efficiency
and collaboration, as well as holistic approaches for products and
associated services. Work will consider all product stages, from conception,
design, configuration, to production, delivery, maintenance, and disposal,
as well as, work organisation and the work environment,and will include
customer-centric approaches such as customisation, fulfilment, logistics,
– emerging technologies for the development of products and associated
business and work models able to create, enrich, deliver and secure
related intangible assets and goods such as human and social capital,
digital content and related rights, supporting knowledge and information
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flow between suppliers and users as well as context-aware product
configuration and adaptation.
– demonstrating the feasibility and applicability of holistic product design,
development and distribution tools and methods in a rich variety of
sectoral settings (e.g. automotive, aerospace, construction, industrial
textiles, furniture, agriculture and food, transport and delivery, maritime,
– global standardisation initiatives in the area of inter-enterprise business
processes management and integration (e.g. planning, scheduling and co-
ordination), heterogeneous virtual business and manufacturing networks
(e.g. for assuring process transparency and traceability of produced parts),
shop floor automation as well as knowledge management and security.
Work will build on and help aggregate Member States‘ efforts 6. In addition,
collaboration with the Eureka Factory initiative is being explored. This
description constitutes the Priority 2 part of activities to be called in common
with Priority 3 and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) initiative.
e.g. initiatives such as the e-M anufacturing initiative in the UK, SPIN Software product industry and Presto-
Future Products in Finland and the IT 2006 initiative in Germany
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Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET complements the other objectives of IST with research from a more
visionary and exploratory perspective. Specifically, FET‘s purpose is to help
new IST-related science and technology fields to emerge and mature, some
of which will become strategic for economic and social development in the
future. The research typically supported by FET is of a long-term nature and
involves high risks that are compensated by the promise of major advances
and large potential impact. It aims at opening up new possibilities and setting
trends for future research programmes, making FET a ‗nursery‘ of novel
research ideas and the IST‘s pathfinder activity. FET builds on the experience
and achievements made during the 5 th Framework Programme
FET uses two complementary approaches: one pro-active, the other
receptive and open:
- The pro-active scheme has a strategic character, setting the agenda for a
limited number of specific areas that hold particular promise for the
future; for example ‗quantum information processing & communication‘.
- The open scheme employs the inverse approach – it has no ‗top-down‘
prescription whatsoever and is open, at any time, to the broadest possible
spectrum of ideas as they come directly ‗from the roots‘.
The overall budget for WP-year 2003 is expected to be of the order of 90
million €, and tentative budget for WP-year 2004 would be around 135 million
More information on FET is provided at the web site
This scheme is open at any time to the widest possible spectrum of research
opportunities that relate to information society technologies as these arise
bottom-up. It supports: research on new ideas involving high risk; embryonic
research and proof-of-concept; and high quality long term research of a
Instruments to be used
FET-Open is implemented mainly through Specific Targeted Research Projects
(STRPs). Proposals for support measures and coordination actions may also
be submitted (covering what in FP5 were called thematic networks and
working groups). The Open scheme will not be open to proposals for
Networks of Excellence or Integrated Projects in 2003.
Proposal submission and evaluation modalities
The call for proposals for the FET-Open scheme will be open throughout the
6th framework programme (continuous submission). Proposals have to be
submitted in two steps: first a short proposal of maximum 5 pages is
submitted, at any time, describing the key objectives and motivation for the
proposed work. This short proposal is evaluated by FET with the help of
referees (independent experts working remotely at their premises) and the
proposers are informed either that their short proposal is successful and they
may therefore submit a full proposal, or that it has been rejected.
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Once a short proposal has been retained 7, its consortium may submit a full
proposal at any time within the following 6 months.. There are however cut-
off dates published in the Call (normally two to three per year) that
correspond to the evaluation sessions planned per year. FET will evaluate a
full proposal at a given evaluation session if it has been received before the
corresponding cut-off date. In 2003, two cut off dates are foreseen (13 May
and 16 September). In 2004, three cut off dates are foreseen (13 January, 11
May and 14 September).
The evaluation of full proposals is carried out through a combination of
refereeing and panels of experts that convene in Brussels to consolidate the
referees‘ individual assessments of full proposals and recommend a proposal
Proactive initiatives aim at focusing resources on visionary and challenging
long-term goals that are timely and have strong potential for future impact.
These long-term goals are not necessarily to be reached during the lifetime of
projects but provide a common strategic perspective for all research work
within the initiative and a focal point around which critical mass can be built
and synergies developed. Calls for proposals for proactive initiatives may be
preceded by invitations to submit ‗expressions of interest‘.
Instruments to be used
Each proactive initiative will typically consist of one or more integrated
projects and, in some cases, a Network of Excellence (NoE). In the context of
a proactive initiative, NoEs would have a specific role: they would bring
together the broader community active in the research domain of the
initiative in order to provide a framework of coordination for research and
training activities at the European level, and allow the progressive and lasting
integration of these activities around pre-specified themes. This may include
the establishment of ―distributed‖ centres of excellence, shared fabrication or
experimental facilities, testbeds etc.
NoEs in the proactive initiatives will help elaborate and maintain a research
roadmap for the area, in cooperation with the integrated projects, and they
will also ensure a broad dissemination of research results emanating from the
proactive initiative, stimulate industrial and commercial interest, and enhance
the public visibility of the research. In addition to the above activities, the
Joint Programme of Activity (JPA) of a NoE may provide support to research
of a limited scale that is within the subject area of the initiative; such
research may be of a more exploratory nature than that supported by the
integrated project(s) or can test the credibility of new research ideas and
In order to preserve continuity between FP5 and FP6, assessment projects
contracted under FP5 that are successful, but that did not have the opportunity to
submit a follow-up full proposal within FP5, will be allowed to submit directly a full
proposal to FET-Open in FP6.
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Coordination actions (similar to the thematic networks employed in FP 5) may
also be used where they are thought to provide added value. In exceptional
cases, proactive initiatives can be implemented as clusters of ‗specific
Proactive initiatives to be called in 2003
(i) Beyond robotics
Incorporation of information technology into physical mobile artefacts
("robots") poses a wide range of interdisciplinary research challenges and has
the potential to lead to a large variety of new applications. Proposals should
address one or more of the following long term objectives:
- The development of cognitive robots whose ―purpose in life‖ would be to
serve humans as assistants or ―companions‖. Such robots would be able
to learn new skills and tasks in an active open-ended way and to grow in
constant interaction and co-operation with humans.
- Hybrid bionic systems that would augment human capabilities such as
perception of the environment, motion, interaction with other humans etc.
This would involve smooth integration of sophisticated robotic and
information systems with human perception-action systems using bi-
directional interfaces (invasive or non-invasive) with the human nervous
- The development of autonomous microrobot groups ('robot ecologies'),
consisting of many heterogeneous members exhibiting collective
behaviour and intelligence. The robots would be able to self-organise,
adapt, co-operate and evolve in order to attain a global objective.
Proposals should have ambitious objectives at the level of a complete system
and aim at breakthroughs that go well beyond the state of the art. Research
should seek new approaches and address and integrate topics such as
multisensory perception, learning, scalability, integration, task and
environment adaptation, interaction with humans, and rigorous evaluation.
Existing state-of-the-art solutions for robotic sub-systems may be adopted
where appropriate. The work would partly build on the ongoing FET
neuroinformatics (NI) and life-like perception systems (LPS) initiatives with
augmented scope for integration and systems research.
(ii) Complex systems research
The extreme scale and dynamism of information systems poses fundamental
challenges to their design and control. Conventional engineering methods will
soon hit a complexity barrier due to the exponential growth of
interconnections among a rapidly increasing number of system components.
The objective is therefore to create a new generation of scale-free,
autonomously evolving IT systems building on design and control paradigms
derived from complex system analysis. Such systems — large scale networks,
societies of simulated or embodied agents, electronic circuits, information
repositories, etc. — must incorporate adaptive and stable self-regulatory
mechanisms that guide their growth and lead to autonomous self-
organisation. They must be able to operate on multiple spatial and temporal
scales and continue operating reliably in dynamic environments.
To address the above objective it will be essential to study real-world systems
— living organisms, eco- and social systems, or even the man-made internet
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— and understand how these scale-up and organise the information flow
between their parts. In addition, beyond studying real-world systems as
computational systems in order to develop tools to ―engineer emergent order‖,
ultimately only a general conceptual framework for complex systems would
enable a leap from ad-hoc solutions to a scientifically-rooted paradigm shift.
Essential for this are concepts from statistical physics, evolutionary and
developmental biology, immunology, neuroscience, game theory, etc.
Possible research goals / challenges include:
Monitor, visualise and simulate the dynamics of large, rapidly evolving
networks in real-time. Characterise and classify their structural properties
and develop local algorithms taking advantage of these properties.
Enhance their capacity of self-monitoring and self-management.
Extract meaning from huge, unstructured, dynamically evolving sets of
data. Guide societies of heterogeneous agents — simulated or embodied —
to develop shared knowledge systems or languages.
Create scale-free computational structures composed of self-assembling
building blocks that are capable to develop - through spontaneous
differentiation - organised structures and greater capabilities. Identify new
languages for 'programming' such structures via local rules.
(iii) The Disappearing Computer
The designs of future ambient systems - that is, IT systems intimately
integrated with everyday environments and supporting people in their
activities - are likely to be quite different to those of current computer
systems. Instead they will have to be based on radically new architectures
comprising an unbounded set of ―building blocks‖ – where these blocks may
be embedded in everyday objects, be it stand-alone objects or software
The key aim of this research is to develop such open architectures and
supporting frameworks (tools, languages, ontologies etc.) that could become
universally applicable. The building blocks would be heterogeneous entities
with different functionalities (e.g. processors, controllers, protocol modules,
agents, tags, human interaction modules, sensors etc, embedded in everyday
objects or ―stand-alone‖). The architectures should allow their arbitrary
combination to produce an unbounded range of configurations giving rise to
functionalities that can be neither pre-programmed nor foreseeable.
In order to meaningfully bridge the distance between low-level architectures
and high level ambient systems interacting with people, the research effort
should span the entire spectrum ranging from low level architectural design
through to development of representative scenarios of use. The scenarios
should provide realistic contexts of use and interaction, inspired by
observations of people and their activities. They need to be diverse enough
to ensure that the architectures could indeed become universally applicable.
Work on the development of architectures should be done in conjunction with
building research prototypes where the architecture is evaluated against the
scenarios applied in a diversity of real-world settings.
Planning for proactive initiative calls in 2004 and beyond
The following tentative areas are being considered for launching proactive
initiative calls in 2004. They will mostly build on successful work carried out
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within proactive initiatives launched during the 5 th framework programme.
The list is not exclusive nor is it certain that all the areas listed below will be
- Quantum information processing and communication : This initiative
explores novel computing and communication systems that exploit the
properties of quantum mechanical operations. The main focus would be
on scalable solid-state and atom-based approaches to quantum
- Molecular computing : This would be the follow-up to the Nanotechnology
Information Devices (NID) initiative and would focus on molecular and
biomolecular approaches to information processing systems, including
devices, computational architectures and bottom-up nanofabrication.
- Global computing: This would build on successful work under the Global
Computing initiative that started in 2001. The central challenge would be
to establish solid foundational principles for the analysis and design of
systems composed of extremely large numbers of autonomous, mobile
and interacting computational entities, so that the global system is
dependable, secure, robust and efficient.
Life-like perception and cognition systems would build on successful work
undertaken in the ―neuroinformatics for living artefacts‖ and ―life-like
perception systems‖ initiatives that were launched in 2000 and 2001. The
scope would cover both subsystems as well as complete autonomous
artefacts that are inspired by the sophistication of perception-decision-action
architectures adopted by living organisms.
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Research networking test-beds
This work is complementary to and in support of the activities carried out in
the area of Research Infrastructures on high-capacity and high-speed
communications network for all researchers in Europe (GÉANT) and specific
high performance Grids.
Objectives:To integrate and validate, in the context of user-driven large scale
test-beds, the state-of-the-art technology that is essential for preparing the
future upgrades in the infrastructure deployed across Europe. This should
help support all research fields and identify the opportunities that such
technology offers together with its limitations. The work is essential for
fostering the early deployment in Europe of Next Generation Information and
Communications Networks based upon all-optical technologies and new
Internet protocols and for incorporating the most up-to-date middleware.
Focus is on:
– integrating, testing, validating and demonstrating new networking
technologies - including disruptive technologies - and services (e.g. IP over
photonics, GMPLS, new routing and protocol schemes, access
technologies, photonic networks, lambda and terabit networking, global
networking, distributed architectures, storage, configuration, security,
billing and charging mechanisms, QoS, autonomous administration) in real-
world settings and production environments.
– developing roadmaps and strategic guidance for infrastructure
development in Europe, promoting specialised training and education on
related advanced topics, promoting centres of excellence (e.g. GRIDs
technology centres) and technology and know-how transfer, thus
contributing towards strengthening and enhancing the European initiatives
on Research Infrastructures.
– fostering interoperability of solutions across different scientific and
industrial disciplines in an effort to achieve broader-scale up-take of new
state-of-the-art infrastructure technology and promoting the creation of
standards and a continued effort to strengthen contributions to open-
The RTD, taking place in the context of large scale experimentation in real
settings, is expected to promote interoperability across heterogeneous
technology domains, facilitate interoperability of solutions across different
scientific and industrial communities, support the creation of standards,
promote economies of scale during the validation phase and achieve broader-
scale up-take of technology across numerous user communities. Involvement
of demanding user communities is crucial.
Work should, where appropriate, enhance, complement and exploit synergies
with the relevant national and international initiatives.
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Calls in 2003 an 2004
Two calls for proposals with fixed deadlines are foreseen for 2003 and 2004.
These are open for all instruments but at least 70% of the budget is
expected to be devoted to the new instruments Integrated Projects
and Networks of Excellence.
In addition, one Call for continuous submission is foreseen for the FET open
scheme. Details on the iplmentation of this call are given in the paragraph
3.1.24 , in the FET section.
The indicative timetable of the fixed deadline calls for proposals based on the
WP2003-2004 is as follows:
- Call 1 drawing mainly on 2003 budget - opening 1/12 2002, closing 24/4
2003 – would have an indicative budget of around 850 MEuro.
- Call 2 on 2004 budget – opening 15/6 2003, closing 15/10 2003 – would
have an indicative budget of around 850 MEuro.
- A third call is also foreseen for 2004 with a more limited budget than the
two first calls. The details of this call will be part of the first update of the
Workprogramme. It will draw on the 2005 budget .
- Only for the FET open scheme. Call open in December 2002 and ending in
The table below presents the calls, the objectives that are open in each call
and the type of instruments that are foreseen.
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Call 1 Call 2 Continuou
~850 ~850 s
2003 2004 SSA, CA
Pushing the limits of CMOS, preparing for post- X
Broadband Access for All X
Mobile and wireless systems beyond 3G X
Towards a global dependability and security X
Multimodal Interfaces X
Semantic-based knowledge systems X
Netw orked audio-visual systems and home X
Networked organisations, businesses and governments X
e Safety of road and air transport X
Technology-enhanced lear ning and access to X
Advanced displays X
Optical, opto-electronic, photonic functional X
Embedded systems X
Open development platforms for software and X
Cognitive systems X
Applications and Services for the Mobile User and X
Cross-media content for leisure and entertainment X
GRID-based Systems and solving complex problems X
Improving Risk management X
Services and Product engineering 2010 X
FET proactive X X
The subject of a coordinated call with priority 3
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FET open X
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Evaluat ion and Selection cr iteria
A number of evaluation criteria are common to all the programmes of the
Sixth Framework Programme and are set out in the European Parliament and
the Council Regulations on the Rules for Participation (Article 10).
The work programme defines, in accordance with the type of instruments
deployed or the objectives of the RTD activity, how the criteria set out in the
rules for participation will be applied. It determines any particular
interpretations of the criteria to be used for evaluation and any weights and
thresholds to be applied to the criteria.
As each instrument has its own distinct character and its own distinct role to
play in implementing the programmes, each instrument has its own distinct
basic set of evaluation criteria, organised into blocks. These are explained in
Annexes 2 to 8 of the Workprogramme and will apply in a similar way to all
strategic objectives with the exception of the FET open scheme. The
selection criteria for the FET open scheme are provide as a separate set.
The calls‘ ―Fiches‖ provided also in annex define the weighting and thresholds
that will be used for the different instruments in the strategic objectives that
are foreseen in each call.
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ANNEX 1: INSTRUMENTS
(To be added later)
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ANNEX 2 : EVALUATION CRITERIA
(to be completed later..)
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Annex 3: Call fiches (to be completed later)
Liste des éléments à inclure dans la fiche « appel »
1) Programme spécifique:
2) Activité/domaine thématique
3) N° identifiant :
4) Date de publication :
5) Date de clôture :
6) Budget total disponible (indicatif) :
7) Restriction à la participation : [types d‘organisation/type d‘activité/pays
8) Critères A (167) :
[note éliminatoire – x/y] [coefficient]
[critère A2] [note éliminatoire – x/y] [coefficient]
[critère An] [note éliminatoire – x/y] [coefficient]
9) Critères B (programme de travail) :
[critère B1] [développements]
[critère B2] [note éliminatoire – x/y] [coefficient]
[critère Bn] [note éliminatoire – x/y] [coefficient]
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10) Descriptif/contenu de l‘appel : [texte complet ou référence à des points
du Programme de travail – e.g. I.A.1.c)
[11) Domaines, critères, nombre de participants et budget par instruments :
Instruments Domaines Critères A Critères B Nbre de Budget
Réseaux Tous A1, A4, An Néant 5, dont 3 EM
d‘excellence ou AS
différents X Mio EUROS
Projets Tous A1, A2, An B1, B2 3 EM ou AS
Actions de I.B.1.a) A1, An Bn 3 EM ou AS X Mio EUROS
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IPs Integrated projects
NoEs Networks of Excellence
STRPs Specific Targeted Research Projects
CA Coordination actions
SSA Specific Support Actions
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