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					SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00580
Acronym             VIHI
Proposal title      STUDY OF THE DETECTION RANGE PERFORMANCE OF NIGHT VISION
                    EQUIPMENT ON HIGH SPEED CRAFT UNDER A RANGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL
                    CONDITIONS AT SEA IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH PEFORMANCE STANDARDS
                    FOR SAFE OPERATION OF FAST PASSENGER FERRIES AT NIGHT

Abstract            There are no international performance standards for night vision equipment forhigh
                    speed craft (HSC) and there is no reliable information on the performance ofnight vision
                    equipment under the range of environmental conditions that areexperienced by high speed
                    passenger ferries operating at night.This project will draw together the available European
                    expertise to study thecharacteristics of the different hazards and small craft that might be
                    involved incollisions with HSC and measure the laboratory and sea performance

Key Action          GROW-2. Key action: Sustainable mobility and intermodality

Start date          18/05/2001                                                            End date       28/02/2002

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR GEORGE ANTHONY EWER                                                   Company size          S3
                    VISTAR NIGHT VISION LTD
                    24 DOMAN ROAD
                    GUI15 3DF - CAMBERLEY, SURREY
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: +44 1276 708800
                    Fax: +44 1276 708807
                    Internet: www.vistar.co.uk
SME Proposer(s)
                    AG REEDEREI NORDEN-FRISIA                                    Germany                           S4




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00849
Acronym             AEINSERVICE
Proposal title      In-service non destructive monitoring of industrial structures by new Acoustic
                    Emission technology

Abstract            The goal of this CRAFT project is the development of a control apparatus to monitor
                    static and dynamic structures under service conditions, i.e. without stopping plantor
                    machinery activity, at a cost of few hundreds Euro per monitoring point.The objectives
                    are the development of multipurpose devices for wide applications,based on transducers
                    which detect acoustic emissions due to active defects and ana-lyse them in real time. The
                    specific software will evaluate importance of signalssource and inform operators on risk
                    level.This implies research on the propagation of signals as a function of structure geo-
                    metry and materials (metals, non-metals and concrete).The objective will be achieved with
                     advanced microelectronics and specific signalanalysis. Expected results will increase safety
                     of plants and of buildings.

Key Action          GROW-6. RTD activities of a generic nature : Measurement and testing

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date        20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. Lucio GIULIANI                                                      Company size        S2
                    ATELs.r.l.
                    Via Valle Caia snc
                    00040 - Pomezia
                    Italy
                    Phone: +39.06.9146053
                    Fax: +39.06.9145963
SME Proposer(s)
                    HMC Corlab b.v.                                              The Netherlands                S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00851
Acronym             NSE PRO
Proposal title      NOVEL SURFACE ENGINEERED COUNTERFACE SYSTEMS FOR PROSTHESES
                    APPLICATIONS

Abstract            Conventional prostheses materials which are acceptable to the body includeaustenitic
                    stainless steels and titaniumalloys which usually articulate withultra high molecular weight
                    polyethylene counterfaces. However, these materialssuffer from poor tribological
                    properties and wear debris produced have anadverse clinical effect on prostheses patients.
                    This leads to unacceptably poorlong term outcomes for young patients. The availability of
                     plasma immersionion implantation in Europe, which is a surface engineering technology
                    whichcan generate wear resistant surface layers in both metallic and polymeric
                    materials,provides a special opportunity to manufacture "long life" surfaceengineered
                    medical prostheses, thus opening up new opportunities for youngerpatients.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 10 months

SME Coordinator     Professor Barry L MORDIKE                                               Company size           S2
                    Zentrum für Funktionswerkstoffe (Clausthal) gmbH
                    Sachsenweg 8
                    38678 - CLAUSTHAL-ZELLERFELD
                    Germany
                    Phone: +49 5323 9385-0
                    Fax: +49 5323 9385-20
SME Proposer(s)
                    Juhasz Imre es Lanyai Protetim Orvosi Muszergyarto Kft.      Hungary                           S4




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00855
Acronym             EMINCPM
Proposal title      ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FOR REFURBISHMENT INTEGRATED WITH
                    CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Abstract            The construction sector is the most dominating one as to environmental impact. The
                    largest potential for improving Eco-efficiency lies within refurbishment of buildings. This
                    project will focus on the preservation of any building under renewal, and the use, reuse or
                    recycling of parts of the building. Next the focus will be on reduced consumption of new
                    materials and less products or waste for deposit. The project target is to develop an
                    integrated pack of tools that enable the SME main contractor to manage , to co-ordinate
                    and influence upon the refurbishment process in a documented Eco-efficient way. The
                    pack will include a structured process model with operational procedures, technical
                    guidelines assisting optimisation and forms for control, documentation and on line
                    Intranet communication between all agents along the supply chain. The target is a
                    reduction of waste from the refurbished existing building to deposit by 25-75% and from
                    the new material brought to the site with 20-30%.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Managing Director Rolf-Thore JOHANSEN                                   Company size          S4
                    MODERNE BYGGFORNYELSE A/S
                    Brochmannsgate 9
                    0470 - OSLO
                    Norway
                    Phone: 4722025110
                    Fax: 4722025115
                    Email: rolf-th@byggfornyelse.no
                    Internet: http://www.byggfornyelse.no
SME Proposer(s)
                    ELINDO A/S                                                   Denmark                          S4

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      45 - Construction
                    51 - Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
                    60 - Land transport; transport via pipelines
                    37 - Recycling
Comments


                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00857
Acronym             LOGinCPM
Proposal title      LOGISTICS FOR TECHNICAL INTALLATIONS INTEGRATED WITH
                    CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Abstract            Technical installations represent 30 -40% of building construction costs and are continuing
                     to be a growing and increasingly complicated part. Due to the traditional split into several
                    different trades for the technical consultants and the contractors (e.g. Electrician, Sanitary
                     and Heat/ventilation/air-condition) this area has a great potential for improving
                    efficiency and effectiveness. The project will bridge the trade splits within design and
                    management of work processes and logistics. The deliverables will be a pack of tools: (1) A
                     model for a virtual co-operative organisation to enable the SME's to undertake the total
                    installation services for complex jobs. (2) A supply chain management system model
                    with operational procedures for mutual scheduling and logistics. (3) An Intranet
                    communication platform for all agents in a building project, e.g. material producers,
                    designers, client, main contractor, all subcontractors, wholesalers, carrier, recycling
                    company.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/09/2000                                                             End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Managing Director Ragnar BERGET                                          Company size            S4
                    WERNER-WINTHER A/S
                    Haslevangen 45B
                    PO Box 224 OEkern
                    0580 - OSLO
                    Norway
                    Phone: 4723174060
                    Fax: 4722658407
                    Email: werwin@online-no
SME Proposer(s)
                    COLLIANDERS ROER A/B                                          Sweden                             S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      45 - Construction
                    51 - Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
                    60 - Land transport; transport via pipelines
                    37 - Recycling
Comments


                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00868
Acronym             ISOSYS
Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ISOLATION MATERIALS APPLICABLE TO THE
                    REFRIGERATING TRANSPORT

Abstract            Now the isolaton of the refrigerating trucks boxes is obtained performing thewalls of the
                    box with a sandwich formed by outer layers of PRFV (Polyester andFibber glass) of 3 mm
                    and inside polyurethane plates of 55-100 mm. The bottom partof the box is produced
                    inserting inside the above structure board plywood and Woodstringers. This system has
                    elevated weight (235 Kg./m). All it reduces the liftingcapacity of the vehicle increase the
                    consumption of fuel when the truck circulatesin emptiness and the instability. The
                    objective is to investigate and to developnew mixtures of materials with better isolation
                    characteristics, and slighter thatcan replace the present PRFV. In addition, to research new
                     plastic materials thatcan substitute wood and steel components. It will be investigated to
                    obtain theoptimal mixture from the point of view of the isolation, the cost and the
                    weight.To reach this goal it will be tried with two materials: a resin to imbibe and a fibre.

Key Action          GROW-3. Key action: Land transport and marine technologies

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Fco. Javier FERNÁNDEZ CABALLERO                Company size                                 S4
                    TECNOLOGIAS DE VEHICULOS ESPECIALES FIBERGLASS, S.L.
                    Polígono Industrial Parcelas 27-30
                    13640 - Herencia (Ciudad Real)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34926574710
                    Fax: 34926572296
                    Email: fiberglass@t-fiberglass.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    POLYMERICS, GMBH                                              Germany                           S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
                    60 - Land transport; transport via pipelines
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments            SME manufacturer of trucks boxes. Carriage makers.SME of refrigerating transports.
                    Chemical company producer of plastic products.Research centres specialised in chemistry
                    of the plastic.



                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00869
Acronym             OPTIDEBRI
Proposal title      OPTIMAL SELLECTION AND REUSE OF CONSTRUCTIONDEBRIS

Abstract            The increase of the construction debris mainly due to renewal of the buildings and the
                    associated dump solution begins to have a significant environment importance The main
                    problem in the reuse of the construction debris is their variability which makes very
                    difficult to define their characteristics and so to achieve uniformity of the recycled
                    products. This project as the aim of defining strategies for optimal demolishing at the
                    site, to develop techniques to separate the debris, to define the best characteristics of the
                    crushed fragments, and the best proportions in the debris mix, and to define the type of
                    construction elements that are more appropriate for each selection of debris. Prototypes
                    of the systems to separate the debris will be implemented and some construction elements
                    will be built and tested with optimal debris.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     RUI OLIVEIRA                                                              Company size          S3
                    LOBBE TRANSLICON, LDA
                    RUA GIL VICENTE LT 59QTA DAS LARANJEIRAS
                    2865-089 - FERNÃO FERRO - SEIXAL
                    Portugal
                    Phone: 212122170
                    Fax: 212122120
SME Proposer(s)
                    MAN.TA. INGROSS S.R.L.                                        Italy                             S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      45 - Construction
Comments




                                        Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00870
Acronym             CAREA
Proposal title      CAROB BEAN OR GUAR: DEVELOPING AN ANTI-FRAUD METHODOLOGY

Abstract            European Directive (98/86/EC) presents an important gap in the technical description of
                    procedure to distinguish between two food additives E-410 (carob bean) and E-412 (guar).
                    This fact allows the fraud on the use and on the purity ofspecific additives by end users
                    European companies are in a disadvantaged situation respecting Asian ones. The useof
                    E-412 instead of E-410 affect directly to European market. The undetectableadulteration
                    of carob bean gum batches with guar gum, affect to the price of theproduct. The
                    adulteration (10-40%) causes reduction of the price of some batches(70-90%) of the real
                    costs. The fraud supposes an illegal and uncontroled competence against European
                    companies. As consequence, the actual situation actsindirectly on sustainable growth of
                    their employs.That is why is necessary the development of a new method capable to
                    discriminatebetween both types of additives to give solution to this problem.

Key Action          GROW-6. RTD activities of a generic nature : Measurement and testing

Start date          6/07/2000                                                          End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Gregorio BIBILONI                                                 Company size          S3
                    CAROB S.A.
                    Gremi de Celleters 143
                    07141 - Marratxi
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34971604480
                    Fax: 34971604764
                    Internet: http://www.carob.es
SME Proposer(s)
                    GEL STAR IMPORT-EXPORT GMBH                                Germany                          S2




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00871
Acronym             TAR
Proposal title      BRANDING SHEEP WITH TAR PITCH: DEVELOPING AN ECO-EFFICIENT
                    PROCESS FOR WOOL TREATMENT

Abstract            The traditional method of branding causes serious problems to wool manufacturers because
                    it supposes huge technological difficulties on the wool treatment. In the industrial process
                    one of the steps consists on the treatment with strong detergents and sulphuric acid, which
                    promote formation of lipid (tar pitch and coloured wax) tangles. Those tangles are very
                    difficult to separate from the wool. Most companies separate it manually using hazardous
                    organic solvents obtaining poor results. Workers using Pulverised trichloridethilene carry
                     out the treatment of wool assuming high health risk and causing water and atmosphere
                    pollution. Despite efforts, wool obtained presents small black spots, which can not be
                    separated. Theproblem is solved with a rude method: using dark tinctures to unmask black
                    spots in woollen products. A new chemical process based on Eco-friendly products could
                    solve this problem, which affects both company benefits and environment and health
                    workers.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date       6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     MR. CARLOS RODRIGUEZ ARIAS                                               Company size          S4
                    CIPRIANO RODRIGUEZ ARIAS, S.A.
                    RODRIGUEZ YAGÜE 26.
                    37700 - BEJAR (SALAMANCA)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 923400300
                    Fax: 923400302
SME Proposer(s)
                    M. CARMONA S.A.                                             Portugal                           S4

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      17 - Manufacture of textiles
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00883
Acronym             Fob'O'Tec
Proposal title      Automating the Assembly of Footwear with Bottom StitchingTechniques

Abstract            During Step One the necessary preparations for a Step Two Proposal are planned. The
                    Exploratory Phase will comprise a detailed literature study, including the study of available
                    patents. This goes together with a detailed market analysis. A search for appliable systems
                    already existing will be included, too. A feasibility study is to be carried out. During the
                    time of the Exploratory Award the SME proposers will have to look for further partners.
                    The Step Two proposal aims at the development of a sewing automate able to stitch the
                    soles of shoes to the upper parts. Up to now no such machinery system is known. So the
                    work that must be carried out in order to sew soles of shoes to the upper parts is to be done
                     "by hand". The work is tedious and also dangerous for the worker to do.The development
                    of this machinery system which application is not limited to t:he use in shoe
                    manufacturing will be carried out by at least one machine manufacturer in close
                    co-operation with shoe manufacturers.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date       6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Hans AGNE                                                             Company size          S3
                    AMS GMBHAGNE MASCHINEN- UND STAHLBAU
                    Flugplatz Gebäude 62
                    66482 - Zweibrücken
                    Germany
                    Phone: 49633241911
                    Fax: 49633241900
SME Proposer(s)
                    LIMA & RESENDE, LD^A.                                        Portugal                           S3
                    MARI                                                         Greece                             S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00885
Acronym             STARCHLAYER
 Proposal title     PRODUCTION OF EASILY RECYCLABLE CO-EXTRUDED SHEETS BASED IN
THE
                    USE OF A RENEWABLE BIOPOLYMER AS INNER LAYER

 Abstract           Complex co-extrusions offer good barrier properties against water vapour, gasesand
                    aromas, together with outstanding mechanical properties. During extrusion andvacuum
                    forming a lot of waste is produced. For several years now the SME proposershave been
                    looking at different technical solutions to efficiently separate thedifferent co-extruded
                    layers in order to recover and thus reuse valuable polymers,such as polystyrene. The
                    proposed RTD work will focus on the production of easilyrecyclable co-extruded sheets
                    based in the use of a renewable biopolymer as innerlayer. The use of a biopolymer as inner
                    layer in the food container sheets, canselectively facilitate the adhesion of layers - by
                    dissolving it in hot water, forinstance. A broad range of separation techniques is then
                    available to separate thedifferent layers. In this way, fabrication losses can directly be
                    recycled and reprocessed internally leading to a reduction in waste (up to 40 %).

 Key Action         GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

 Start date         6/07/2000                                                           End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. DANIEL TUDELA                                                      Company size          S4
                    ENVASES DEL VALLES, S.A.
                    PORVENIR S/N -ZONA INDUSTRIAL SUR
                    08450 - LLINARS DEL VALLES (BARCELONA)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34938427000
                    Fax: 34938412465
                    Email: dtudela@edv.es
                    Internet: http://www.edv.es
 SME Proposer(s)
                    INTEGRATED RECYCLING SYSTEMS                               United Kingdom                    S3




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00889
Acronym             P.L.U.S.
Proposal title      Research and Development of a New Plumb Line Universal Monitoring System

Abstract            The project aims at the research and development of a new range of instruments, based on
                    the plumb-line principle but with innovative measuring techniques, to monitor rotations that
                     may occur to foundations or structures. They will offer increased precision and reliability
                    coupled with cost curbing down to roughly 1/3. They will be equipped with high friendly
                    interface for easy utilisation even by unskilled users and employment in stand-alone
                    configurations or in automated survey systems. They will replace, almost entirely, the
                    various measuring techniques so far in use which are very expensive and therefore have a
                    limited utilisation. Massive monitoring on world-wide scale of civil engineering works - e.g.
                    dams, bridges, ports, communication lines, etc. - could be achieved at much reduced costs
                    with improved precision and reliability thus resulting in increased safety conditions of
                    population leaving nearby .

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date      6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Eng. FRANCO ROBOTTI                            Company size                                 S2
                    ADVANCED GEOTECHNICAL INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEMS & CONSULTING
                    Via Aldo Moro 2
                    20060 - LISCATE
                    Italy
                    Phone: 39029587690
                    Fax: 39029578381
                    Email: agisco@yacc.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    ARS ENGINEERINGCONSULTORES TÉCNICOS E                       Portugal                        S2
                    REPRESENTAÇOES

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      45 - Construction
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00890
Acronym             STERNUMSUTURE
Proposal title      BIOABSORBABLE IMPLANT MATERIALS FOR CLOSING OF STERNOTOMY

Abstract            The operative procedure for heart surgery uses uncontrolled mechanical forces via stainless
                    steel wires over the sectioned sternum. The incidence of this kind of problems involves
                    about 10% of all operated patients. Hence, to date the increasing rate of both the
                    morbidity and mortality, due to such kind of complications, constitutes a genuine problem to
                     the patient, his family and the community as a whole. The goal of the project is to
                    develop new biodegradable implants (band and wires) that will replace the current used
                    stainless wires, and have no negative impact on patients' health and quality of life. In
                    this way we hope to eliminate uncontrolled operative procedure that is undoubtedly
                    responsible for the suture complications immediately postoperatively on the one hand and
                    functional (normal breathing) limitations on the other hand. The final deliverables will be:
                    - An improved resorbable implant (biomaterial band and wires) - A new set of
                    instruments helping the surgeon to properly apply the biomaterial - A new surgical
                    Protocol to be verified in a prospective clinical trial.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date        20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Prof. Pertti TORMALA                                                   Company size        S4
                    BIONX IMPLANTS LTD
                    Hermlenkatu 6-8 L
                    PO Box 3
                    33721 - TAMPERE
                    Finland
                    Phone: 358405146944
                    Fax: 35833434820
                    Email: tormala@cc.cut.fi
                    Internet: http://www.blonximplants.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    MEDICREA                                                    France                         S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
Comments




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00903
Acronym             COATSOW
Proposal title      TOWARDS ZERO-WASTE PRODUCTION IN SLAUGHTERS AND TANNERIES AS
                    A RESULT OF A SYMBIOTIC INTERACTION.

Abstract            Coat sow residues (hair of animals) can not be recovered and recycled becauseserious
                    technological difficulties for its treatment by any method considered.That is why coat sow
                    residues are, at the end, dumped into urban landfills. In some cases those organic residues
                    suppose up to 80% of the whole volume of wastes located in landfillsDeveloping a
                    profitable methodology to transform it in compost will solve this problem. Moreover, the
                    use of such a rich product could generate a compost with a high added value because high
                    nitrogen levels of this residue. The actual tendency on the utilisation of compost by
                    farmers is growing up. This methodology permits the reduction of the landfill pressure
                    through the recycle of the organic residues. The implementation of this methodology
                    suppose the symbiotic collaboration between slaughters/tanneries, transformation
                    companies and farmers that will close a cycle of life where should generate a considerable
                    number of specialised employees

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date      6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. SANTIAGO MARTIN-GOMEZ                                                 Company size        S3
                    EMBUTIDOS Y JAMONES FERMIN, S.L.
                    Ctra. Salamanca, Km 77.3
                    37624 - LA ALBERCA
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34923415135
                    Fax: 34923415252
                    Email: fermin@verial.es
                    Internet: www.fermin.verial.esz
SME Proposer(s)
                    QUAL - FORMAÇÃO E SERVIÇOS E? GESTÃO DA                      Portugal                         S2
                    QUALIDADE LOLA.




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00909
Acronym             GAS PHASE DEVOC
Proposal title      V.O.C. oxydation using electric discharges and catalytic bed

Abstract            Aim of this research is to develop a new process for V.O.C. (Volatile Organic Compounds)
                    destruction, in order to satisfy the new thresholds foreseen by the Community rules, by
                    employing a very innovative synergy between electric arc and catalytic bed. One task is
                    the optimization between cleaning efficiency and installation and operating costs. The
                    industrial sectors which could apply this technology mainly are all those using solvents in
                    their production processes. Since this new process can destroy even odours,
                    micropollutants and bacteria, a further employment field concern the cleaning of air in
                    rooms with people (e.g. hospitals, schools..). Actually, we consider that the research will
                    attend its primary tasks in case of demonstration that the new plants can have more
                    economic installation costs of 15% and operating costs reduced of 30% compared to
                    plants using the best known technologies and working in the same running conditions and
                    efficiency.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Ing. ERNESTO BARDELLI                                                  Company size           S2
                    H.R.S. ENGINEERING
                    VIA DE GASPERI, 68
                    21010 - FERNO
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390331726111
                    Fax: 390331726104
                    Email: hrseng@tin.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    PRODUIT BERGER SA                                           France                            S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00911
Acronym             Prestress - GRC
Proposal title      Innovative Prestress Systems for G.R.CStrutural Elements

Abstract            The GRC precast structural elements have high durability as no steel is incorporated.
                    Unfortunately use this material prestress must be applied. The use of unbounded prestress
                    presents some technical problems related to steel relaxation and to the anchorage systems.
                     Besides that to obtain elements corrosion free prestress tendons must be made of non
                    metallic materials, namely fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) tendons, made of glass , aramid
                    or carbon fibres. The use of these materials in prestress presents technical difficulties
                    namely associated with their interaction and adherence with GRC. If these problems are
                    overcome then the precast industry has quitea new material with economical,
                    social/environment advantages and with a very high durability. This project as the aim of
                     developing new prestress systems to be applied in GRC structural elements,with the
                    emphasis in the use of FRP tendons. Solutions for the rope protection, adherence,
                    anchorage, prestress control and prestress behaviour along time will be analysed.
                    Prototypes of GRC element prestressed with the new systems will be built and tested.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr ALBERTO VIEIRA                                                      Company size          S4
                    PAVICENTRO - PRÉ-FABRICACÃO, SA
                    EIXO - AVEIRO
                    Apartado 2
                    3801-501 - AVEIRO
                    Portugal
                    Phone: 00351234920200
                    Fax: 00351234920201
SME Proposer(s)
                    PRECOMPRESSI CENTRO NORD                                    Italy                            S4

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      45 - Construction
Comments




                                        Last update   18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00912
Acronym             TOPIC
Proposal title      TEAM AND OPERATIVE PERFORMANCE INFORMATION CAPTURE FOR
                    FOOTWEAR

Abstract            Shoemaking in the EU is still a labour intensive industry, relying on the individual skills of
                    production personnel. Individual operators can develop highlevels of skill for specialised
                    operations but often their productivity is not reflected in the efficiency of the overall
                    operation, because of dissimilar levelsof skill from other operators. It is an immensely
                    difficult task to balance the production to maximise these individual skills. Typically an
                    SME can lose between8-15% of its output from this kind of inefficiency, and with the high
                     cost oflabour in most EU countries, inefficiency of this magnitude seriously erodes the
                    ability of manufactures to compete with cheaper, imported products. This projectwill
                    develop a work recording system to monitor individual operator's productivityand relate
                    these to a group or team activity. The system will display informationto allow the user to
                    modify working methods, rebalance workflow and identifytraining opportunities.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/09/2000                                                             End date        20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR DEAN CLARKE                                                            Company size           S4
                    WILLIAM GREEN & SON LTD
                    QUEEN STREET
                    NN10 0AB - RUSHDEN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441933358734
                    Fax: 441933410106
SME Proposer(s)
                    TSAGALIDIS ANASTASIOS                                         Greece                             S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and
                    footwear
Comments            IN VARIOUS SECTORS OF MANUFACTURE




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00914
Acronym             WOODSAND
Proposal title      Development of new devices for the sanding of wood varnishedpieces with special
                    profiles.

Abstract            Now, the sanded of wood pieces with special profiles is a manual operation sincemachines
                    or devices that could adapt theirself to the forms of the piece do notexist. This manual
                    operation is expensive, slow and lead to discontinuities in thesandpapering that decrease
                    the quality of the product. In addition, each doorpiece has to be process separately in
                    several production processes.The objective is to develop a new highly reliable machine
                    with specialheadstocks that adapt to the contour of the piece exerting the same pressure in
                    the entire surface. These headstocks will be of an adaptable soft material like rubber or
                    fatty foams. Specific RTD goal is to shortened the production phase by60% more and
                    over, processing all the different pieces of the door together in asingle production process,
                    so that raw materials and natural resources will besaved.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Alberto HERNÁNDEZ REDONDO                                            Company size           S4
                    BRICO BLOCK, S.A.
                    Carretera de Tembleque s/n.
                    45860 - Villacañas (Toledo)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34925200900
                    Fax: 34925201273
SME Proposer(s)
                    QUICKWOOD, S.R.L.                                             Italy                             S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      20 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of
                     articles of straw and plaiting materials
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    36 - Manufacture of furniture; manufacturing n.e.c.
Comments            SMEs manufacturers of either wood doors or furnitures.SMEs machinery manufacturers.
                    Centre of technology of the wood.Research centre specialised in industrial machinery.




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00916
Acronym             LUBEXME
Proposal title      NEW MIXED METHOD COMBINING EXTRACTION BY SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS
                    AND ULTRAFILTRATION BY MEMBRANES FOR THE REGENERATION OF USED
                    LUBRICANT OIL WASTES

Abstract            The main objective of the project is the development of a cost effective, new mixed
                    method of regenerat:ion of used lubricant oil into clean lubricant bases, that combines the
                    utilisation of extraction by supercritical fluids andultra-filtration by membranes. The
                    objective comprises both the theoreticalresearch and practical implementation:1. Precise
                    design of the physical-chemicalprocesses and their optimisation for regenerating used
                    lubricant oil at alaboratory scale.2. Practical implementation of the designed method by
                    building aregeneration installation at a prototype or semi-industrial scale capable of
                    producing acceptable clean lubricant bases in a cost-effective way.There is a good
                    opportunity for SMEs by filling the gap in the technological offerfor regeneration of used
                    lubricant oils to obtain high quality lubricant bases,that is practically non existent in many
                    European countries or is inaccessiblefrom the economical point of vieuw for SMEs, in
                    some others.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     graduate Vicente GALVÁN                                                    Company size          S2
                    APROVECHAMIENTO Y VALORIZACIÓN DE RESIDUOS. S.L.
                    C/ Orense, 85
                    28020 - MADRID
                    Spain
                    Phone: 913511938
                    Fax: 913511830
                    Email: inquco@arrakis.es
SME Proposer(s)
                    CAPA-VEÍCULOS E MÁQUINAS INDUSTRIAIS,LDA. Portugal                                               S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      37 - Recycling
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments            SMEs : recycling ( treatment of industrial wastes ) & manufacturing of equipment for the
                    chemical industry, companies. RTD performers: Universities, technological centres &
                    companies with expertise in extraction by supercritical fluids & ultrafiltration by
                    membranes.



                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                 Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00918
Acronym              SUPERSYN
 Proposal title      Continuous clean production of fine chemicals in supercritical carbon dioxide

 Abstract            Supercritical CO2 is an attractive medium for the cleaner synthesis of fine chemicals,
                     offering the possibility of process intensification, increased selectivity and reduced
                     environmtental impact. Recent research has demonstrated that continuous supercritical
                     reactors can have distinct advantages for hydrogenation and other reactions, However,
                     there is relatively little fundamental understanding of why these reactors are so effective.
                     The project will therefore undertake investigations of phase behaviour, measurement of
                     reaction kinetics and modelling at laboratory scale, and then proceed to develop scale up
                     rules for industrial reactors. The Friedel-Crafts reaction will serve as a first demonstration
                     of the knowhow gained, but a wider range of reactions will also be studied, including
                     etherification and dehydrogenation. The prime proposer is Thomas Swan & Co, a UK
                     SME: chemicals manufacturer with an interest in exploiting supercritical fluids as reaction
                     solvents.

 Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)         Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator      Dr Stephen ROSS                                                           Company size           S4
                     THOMAS SWAN & CO LTD
                     Crookhall
                     DH8 7ND - Consett
                     United Kingdom
                     Phone: 441207505131
                     Fax: 441207590467
                     Email: skross@macline.co.uk
 SME Proposer(s)
                     NWA GMBH                                                       Germany                           S2




                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                  Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                     Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00920
Acronym              Radar-Flow
 Proposal title      Advanced Flow Meter to Measure the Flow of Liquids in PartiallyFilled Pipes

 Abstract            All over Europe today there is a great need to accurately measure the amount of sewage
                     water flowing through a pipe to retain tight control of the treatment process and thus
                     ensure an efficient and environmentally safe operation. However, the current methods
                     experience significant problems when trying to measure either open channel flow or the
                     flow in partially filled closed pipes. In this context it is found that there is a great need for
                     a simple, inexpensive and accurate flow measuring system that remains reliable in partially
                     filled and open flow systems. The project aims to develop a flow meter based on high
                     frequency radar technology using a partnership of organisations that combines proven
                     research ability with market driven demands and consumer expertise. This partnership will
                     give the project an excellent chance of success and will eventually lead to the
                     exploitation of the proposed radar and signal processing technologies as well as widespread
                     use of the flow meter.

 Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                     production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                     in the steel field

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                                End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)          Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Mr Jens KRUSE                                                               Company size            S3
                     MJK AUTOMATION A/S
                     Byageren 7
                     DK - 2850 - Naerum
                     Denmark
                     Phone: 4545560656
                     Fax: 4545560646
                     Email: jk@mjk.dk
                     Internet: www.mjk.dk
 SME Proposer(s)
                     INNOSENT GMBH                                                   Germany                             S2




                                        Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00927
Acronym             REPOCH
Proposal title      Recycling methodologies for photographic chemicals resulting in usable products.

Abstract            Photographic processing resul ts in large quantities of liquid effluent which is a concern for
                    the environment. The aim of the project is to develop a multi-step process for the
                    treatment of photographic liquid wastes, with the following characteristics and
                    advantages:- Treatment of all types of was te photographic chemicals Processing
                    without producing any additional new waste Reclamation of valuable products (e.g. silver,
                    NH3-solutions) Processing with minimal energy input by means of heat coupling. The
                    process will require a number of regenerative, evaporation and rectification steps.
                    However, different sectors (printing works, photographic laboratories, hospitals, PCB
                    manufacturers, reprography shops etc.) use different solutions and chemicals. The object
                    of this project is to realise a process suitable for all photographic chemicals.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr Volker AURICH                                                          Company size           S3
                    CES B.V
                    Wildekamp 1B
                    6704 AT - Wageningen
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31317421114
                    Fax: 31317424716
                    Email: ces@bart.nl
                    Internet: www.bart.nl/~credo
SME Proposer(s)
                    BREMER                                Germany                                                    S3
                    SONDERABFALL-BERATUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00929
Acronym              SEN-SAW
 Proposal title      Development of strain and torque sensors based upon surface acoustic waves
                     technology

 Abstract            Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) occur at the interface of an elastic medium. The waves can
                     be used to detect physical parameters at the surface such as strain, torque, pressure and
                     temperature. The concept of SAW sensors has been proved at a scientific level but the
                     industrial applications are very limited indeed. The potential for SAW sensors as a
                     contact-less, low-cost and reliable sensor is enormous. This project will develop SAW
                     sensors capable to operate for many different applications such as brushless DC motors,
                     mixers for the food and chemical industry, electrical power tool, condition monitoring of
                     rotating machines and parts, etc. The project will be an excellent solution for industries
                     that at present cannot monitor their parts and/or processes due to lack of suitable sensors
                     and will generate important markets within Europe.

 Key Action          GROW-6. RTD activities of a generic nature : Measurement and testing

 Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date      20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Mr Andrew WILKINS                                                      Company size           S2
                     ISA DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
                     Pyndar Lodge
                     WR8 0DN - Hanley Swan
                     United Kingdom
                     Phone: 441684311550
                     Fax: 441684311660
                     Email: andy@isadevs.co.uk
                     Internet: www.isadevs.co.uk
 SME Proposer(s)
                     CORRELATION SYSTEMS LTD                                     Israel                            S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00932
Acronym             ANOBA
Proposal title      New Accurate Batch Anodising Technology

Abstract            Alucol as a SME's involved in batch anodising of aluminium products, e.g. in architectural
                    applications, is underpressure from legally enforced reductions in energy consumption,
                    competitive coating techniques, like powder coating, and market demands for
                    reproducible and sustainabe products. Using existing anodising technology a distribution of
                     oxide layer thickness and quality over a batch of products is obtained, resulting in longer
                    process times than necessary and insufficient reproducibility of coloured oxide layers.
                    This forces us and other European SME's to seek new ways to improve the energy
                    efficiency and accuracy of current batch anodising technology and thereby safeguarding
                    and widening our market. It is the objective of this proposal to improve the process of
                    industrial batch anodising with respect to the energy efficiency and the quality of the
                    anodic layer by the introduction of new process technology, designed on the base of
                    computer simulations and accurate electrochemical data. The hence obtained precise
                    prediction and control of process will lead the way to an improvement of the energy
                    efficiency with 25% by a reduction in process time.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/09/2000                                                          End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 11 months

SME Coordinator     IR. J.S.H. GIESBERTS                                                   Company size        S3
                    ALUCOL BV
                    SOERENDONCK 3
                    PO Box 4403
                    6086 ZG - NEER, LIMBURG
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31475591155
                    Fax: 31475594508
SME Proposer(s)
                    ELSYCA N.V.                                                 Belgium                        S2




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00939
Acronym             Machine Guarding Device
Proposal title      Innovative Trip Device for Machine Guarding

Abstract            Annually, the EU suffers from 8,000 fatalities by machine operations and 2,000,000 severe
                    accidents with machinery. One of the reasons is that available machine guarding solutions
                    (e.g. pressure-sensitive safety mats, light curtains) are expensive. A promising system for
                     human detection could be developed which can be used to guard a machine. This
                    technology is based on the physical principle of change of attenuation in an optical fiber,
                    when a force is applied on that fiber . This change of attenuation can be detected by a
                    photo cell to trigger a machine stop. Among other advantages, a 70% lower costprice than
                     current pressure-sensitive safety mats/bars and light curtains is anticipated. Once this
                    technology becomes available to themarket, a higher level of machinery safety could be
                    achieved against lower costs. The proposed project is defined to develop a trip device for
                    machinery safety. After analysing and researching materials and components, a prototype
                    system will be built and extensively tested, both in laboratory and in practical applications.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Johan DIJKSTRA                                                        Company size           S2
                    LIGHTSPEED SECURITY SYSTEMS BV
                    Kennedyboulevard 640
                    1931 XM - Egmond aan Zee
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 072-506-6135
                    Fax: 072-506-6230
SME Proposer(s)
                    P. BOONEN & CO                                                Belgium                            S3
                    PASSENGER LIFT SERVICES                                       United Kingdom                     S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00952
Acronym              FAST-FEEDER
 Proposal title      DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-SPEED CONTAINER FEEDER FOR
                     SHORT SEA SHIPPING

 Abstract            The growing congestion on European highways increasingly demands for shiftingcargo
                     transport from road to other modes of transport like railways andparticularly waterways.
                     This means that ships have to become more competitive withrespect to the other modes
                     of transport. For container transport, improvedconcepts for vessels and efficient cargo
                     handling and transhipment systems areneeded.The main research goal is, therefore, to
                     design and develop a high-speed containerfeeder for more competitive and reliable short
                     sea shipping with the followingmain specifications: 350 TEU capacity, 130 m length,
                     16-18 m width, 6-7 m draughtand better hydro-dynamics allowing it to go 50 %- faster (=
                     21 to 25 knots) thancurrent feeders under the same operational conditions. Low operating
                     costs (70-80% of conventional design). A 20-30 weight reduction by the use of high
                     tensilesteel aluminium and composite materials. Improved fuel efficiency (15%) by the use
                      of combined contra-rotating propeller-rudder system.

 Key Action          GROW-3. Key action: Land transport and marine technologies

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                          End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)       Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator      Mr. Willem W.N. VAN DIJKE                                             Company size          S3
                     HOLLAND MAAS SHIPPING B.V.
                     Albert Plesmanweg
                     PO Box 59235
                     3088 GB - Rotterdam
                     The Netherlands
                     Phone: 31104913400
                     Fax: 31104298835
                     Email: office@holland-maas.nl
 SME Proposer(s)
                     TMP - TRANSPORTES MARITIMOS DE PORTUGAL, Portugal                                           S2
                     SA

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      35.1 - Building and repairing of ships and boats
                     29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
 Comments            ShipbuilderShip propulsion specialist




                                       Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00955
Acronym             ANTHURASYSPACK
Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF A PACKAGING SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT HANDLING OF
                    VULNERABLE CUT FLOWERS (ANTHURIUMS)

Abstract            Anthurium cut flowers are very vulnerable flowers. Although, maximum care is taken
                    during harvesting, handling and transport, the number of wasted/spent flowers is
                    significant. There is also a very strong desire to change the way of packaging. The present
                    labour-intensive manual packing process causes repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and is a
                    major organisational burden for the Anthurium cut flower producers. The main research
                    objectives are: 1) to develop an environmentally friendly packaging concept that ensure
                    safe and efficient handling through the chain: harvesting, packaging, transportation and
                    unpacking; 2) to develop a sorting, processing and packaging process that is able to
                    automatically and efficlently pack the flowers in transport boxes ; 3 ) to develop a new
                    method of organising flower product:ion, service and logistics reduce cost by 30 %; 4) o
                    improve the image of Anthurium, cut flowers by ensuring ease of handling and 100%
                    protection against premature deterioration .

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Cees Jan VAN DER STOEP                                              Company size          S2
                    ANTHURIUMKWEKERIJ C.J. VAN DER STOEP
                    De Wateringhe 6
                    2661 GP - Bergschenhoek
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31105220262
                    Fax: 31105221030
                    Email: cjstoep@wxs.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    ANTHURIUMKWEKERIJ MIDDENDORP                                 Belgium                          S2
                    KERREMANS

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments            Anthurium producersFlower processing equipment manufacturer




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                          Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                 Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-00956
Acronym             SAFECOAT
Proposal title      STRAIN-, AGE-, AND FATIGUE RESISTANT ENVIRONMENTAL COATING-
                    OPTIONS AND TESTS

Abstract            REPAIR AND UPGRADING OF STEEL OPERATING IN CONTACT WITH SEAWATER,
                     HAVE SAVED OUR CUSTOMERS UP TO 70% OF THEIR INVESTMENT IN NEW
                    EQUIPMENT. THE SAFECOAT PROJECT SHOULD PROVIDE THE RESEARCH
                    NEEDED TO PROVE AND DEVELOP THIS CHALLANGE TO IMPROVE THE
                    CHOICE, APPLICATION AND CORROSION PROTECTION OF COATINGS FOR
                    NEWBUILDING AND MAINTENANCE OF SHIPS BY : - TEST THE STRAIN
                    CAPABILITY OF AGED COATING OF SHIP STRUCTURE; - INVESTIGATE
                    MICROBIAL CORROSION OF COATED STEEL IN CONTACT WITH SEAWATER; -
                    INVESTIGATE SULFATE REDUCING BACTERIA IN BIOFILMS; - DESCRIBE THE
                    SOCIOECONOMICAL IMPACT OF OPTIMAL CHOICE AND APPLICATION OF
                    COATINGS. INDEPENDENT TESTS OF OPTIONAL COATINGS AND SURFACE
                    PREPARATION, SHOULD PROVE HOWOUR COATING SERVICES CAN IMPROVE
                    SUSTAINABILITY AND LIFE CYCLE COST OF SHIPS. TO EXPLORE THIS
                    POTENTIAL WE NEED TO PREPARE A STEP 2 COOPERATIVE RESEARCH
                    (CRAFT)PROJECT.

Key Action          GROW-3. Key action: Land transport and marine technologies

Start date          20/09/2000                                                     End date   20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)           Duration Exploratory Phase 3 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. TOMMY THOERN                                                 Company size    S2
                    COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY EUROPE HB
                    TILLGAENLIGHETEN 1
                    41701 - GOETEBORG
                    Sweden
                    Phone: 4631222560
                    Fax: 4631222563
SME Proposer(s)
                    D CLARK LTD                                           United Kingdom             S2
                    NATLAND KOMPOSITT A/S                                 Norway                     S2




                                    Last update    18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00969
Acronym             WEALSTELT
Proposal title      Welding of Aluminium to Steel by means of Laser Technology

Abstract            Welding aluminium to steel can be used for many interesting possibili- ties. One of the
                    most important applications can be found in yacht and ship building and transportation
                    industries. Here, the welding of the two materials can lead to enormous weight savings and
                    conse-quently to reduction of gas emission and fuel savings. Until recently, it was
                    impossible to join aluminium to steel by means of welding. However, new possibilities arise
                    with the development of high-powered laser technology. This project aims to perform a
                    co-operative research to the development of methods and techniques to weld aluminium to
                     steel.A characteristic of such welding is that 3-D welding is required. This requires the
                    use of a high powered Nd:YAG laser and robots.

Key Action          GROW-3. Key action: Land transport and marine technologies

Start date          6/07/2000                                                                End date       6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Ir. Johan, Hendrik, Willem, Meyndert STOUTEN                               Company size        S3
                    SMST DESIGNERS & CONSTRUCTORS BV
                    Edisonstraat 15
                    8801 PN - Franeker
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31517393866
                    Fax: 31517394939
                    Email: info@SMST.NL
                    Internet: WWW.SMST.NL
SME Proposer(s)
                    LASINDÚSTRIA - TECNOLOGIA LASER, SA                           Portugal                         S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      35 - Manufacture of other transport equipment
                    11 - Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas; service activities incidental to oil and gas
                    extraction, excluding surveying
                    34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
Comments



                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00979
Acronym             MONSTER
Proposal title      MONITORING NOISE AT EUROPEAN AIRPORTS

Abstract            Harmful effects of noise caused by the flight operations are becoming more and more
                    important for communities living in the neighboring areas, and Governments impose
                    measures to monitor and control noise exposure. Many European countries are poorly
                    prepared to deal with the airport noise problem, that currently can be managed only by
                    expensive systems almost exclusively produced by US and other non-European companies.
                     The goal of MONSTER is the realization of a low-cost system and services to enable final
                     users (airports, neighbouring communities) to deal with the airport noise. The
                    exploitation of the results will allow the SME proposers to conquer a significant share of
                    the market. The key technical idea to achieve a substantial cost reduction is based on the
                    development of an optimisation model focused on the placement and number of sensors,
                    whose deployment is currently performed in a heuristic, subjective way, that very often
                    exceeds largely the optimal configuration.

Key Action          GROW-2. Key action: Sustainable mobility and intermodality

Start date          6/03/2001                                                           End date        7/03/2002

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr, Ing. ANTONIO TAMBURRO                                             Company size           S2
                    AIR SUPPORT S.R.L
                    Via S. Tommaso D'Aquino 46
                    00136 - ROMA
                    Italy
                    Phone: 39815983152
                    Fax: 39815983152
                    Email: TAMBAIRS@tin.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    DATA CONTROL SERVICIOS INFORMÁTICOS, S.A.                  Spain                             S4




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00981
Acronym             SMART-GLUE-SPRAY
Proposal title      INNOVATIVE SPRAY SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLED BINDERDISTRIBUTION IN
                    INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION PROCESS OF WOOD-BASED PANELS

Abstract            The present project is intended to develop an innovative system for the controlled
                    distribution of binder on loose particles in the process of production of wood-based panels.
                    The prior art main drawback is related to the relative low control on quantity and
                    uniformity of applied binder. To overcome such drawback it will be realised an innovative
                    system based on electrostatic charging of binder drops and then spraying them on loose
                    wood particles. The R&D activity will be focused on the development of an electrostatic
                    charging device and of a spraying device and particularly on their integration in a reliable
                    and efficient system, useful for binder distribution phase in industrial wood-based panels
                    manufacturing process. Main expected results are: more uniform binder distribution on
                    wood particles and lower binder quantity necessary to obtain excellent quality wood-based
                    panels.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 10 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. MASSIMO BONFATTI                                                    Company size           S3
                    E.T.A. S.R.L.
                    VIA DELLA TECNICA, 12/C
                    S.R.L.
                    41051 - CASTELNUOVO RANGONE (MO)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 39059537043
                    Fax: 39059536526
                    Email: BONFATTI@ETA-ENGINEERING.IT
SME Proposer(s)
                    J.M. COLOMER S.A.                                            Spain                             S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      73 - Research and development
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    20 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of
                     articles of straw and plaiting materials
                    51 - Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Comments


                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00989
Acronym             HIPEDHIPS
Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF A PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF HIGH
                    PERFORMANCE, NEAR NET SHAPE ORTHOPAEDIC PROSTHESES.

Abstract            Current generation Cobalt Chrome prostheses are limited in performance by the
                    shortcomings of the investment casting process. By employing navel computer simulation,
                     pre-forming and encapsulation techniques in conjunction with Hot Isostatic Pressing and
                    powder metallurgy it will be possible to significantly enhance the performance of artificial
                    implants beyond the current state of the art . A 70% increase in strength, improved
                    repeatability / complexity will permita reduction in overall implant size, extend revision
                    periods and lower patient trauma, particularly in high load, low volume skeletal regions.
                    The project objectives therefore to develop a system which allows the economic, near net
                    shape, production of these high performance implants. Work will focus on newforming
                    processes and prediction / characterisation technologies needed to produce these
                    components along with mechanical / clinical tests needed to gain approval from the
                    relevant medical bodies.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Mike TUKE                                                            Company size          S3
                    FINSBURY INSTRUMENTS LTD
                    13 Mole Business Park, Randalls Road
                    KT22 0BA - Leatherhead
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441372360830
                    Fax: 441372360779
                    Email: mike.tuke@finsbury.org
SME Proposer(s)
                    LIVALLCO STAL AB                                             Sweden                            S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
Comments            We are searching for SME partners with any of the following business interests.Computer
                    simulation, capsule design & fabrication, Hot Isostatic Pressing.




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01003
Acronym             SU.EL.MO
Proposal title      SUBMERSIBLE ELECTRICAL MOTOR

Abstract            The envisaged R&D project aims to develop a 6"" high efficiency squirrel cage submersible
                     asynchronous motor, designed to increase by at least 50% the pumping power which can
                    be provided by small pumps employed within small wells (typically 6 inch), improving at
                    the same time characteristics of reliability, environmental compatibility and reduced
                    maintenance which are even more important for systems operating at high depths. The
                    project is presented by COVERCO and THIEN, two SMEs specialising in the production
                    of asynchronous motors generally coupled with centrifugal multistage pumps; the nature of
                     necessary R&D activities, the novelty of the design and the comprehensive depth of
                    design analysis required, fall beyond the technical capabilities of the SME proposers, and
                    the support of external R&D performers is required.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date     6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Ing. Dipl. Franco NERI                                                  Company size         S4
                    COVERCO SPA
                    Via Magnadola n°29
                    31045 - MOTTA DI LIVENZA
                    Italy
                    Phone: 3904227616
                    Fax: 390422768106
                    Email: Technical@COVERCO.COM
                    Internet: http : W W W.COVERCO.COM
SME Proposer(s)
                    THIEN E-MOTOREN GMBH                                        Austria                          S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      27 - Manufacture of basic metals
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01005
Acronym             Glasspot
Proposal title      A novel approach to glass containment in full-sizepot furnaces.

Abstract            The project will promote improvements in efficiency, quality and safe working practice in
                    the predominantly SME, European hand-made glass industry, through the adoption of
                    innovation in pot furnace technology. The project will deliver a pot that avoids the need for
                     the current seven-day tempering process prior to installation. It will also deliver an
                    effective coating material and coating process for the pot which will improve glass quality
                    and eliminate the potentially harmful practice of manually applying molten glass coatings
                    to the pot surface at elevated temperatures. The new technology based on advanced
                    materials will improve the efficiency of pot furnaces and thereby increase the yield of
                    "first quality" glass per pot and more efficient use of resources. The project will thereby
                    promote modernisation of the industry and contribution to sustainable development.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/09/2000                                                            End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     MR. PAUL DONNELLY                                                        Company size           S4
                    TYRONE CRYSTAL LTD
                    KILLYBRACKEY
                    BT71 6TT - DUNGANNON
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 00441868725335
                    Fax: 00441868726260
                    Email: TYRCRYSTAL@aol.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    MÂLERAS GLASBRUK AB                                          Sweden                             S4




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01008
Acronym             PROTECTOR
Proposal title      New Processing System for Pre-Cast Concrete Pipes Production

Abstract            Aim of the presented project is the development of a new concrete processing system
                    aimed at the construction of pre-cast concrete pipes of small/medium diameter, specially
                    used in sewage systems. The proposed system will produce more resistant and longer life
                    concrete pipes by the developemnt of a new mechanical chuck able of a forced conduction
                    of concrete, managed by a control system able to determine the chuck speed and the
                    concrete application area depending on a real - time quality control of the pipe under
                    production. The system will produce great benefits by an environmental point of view,
                    reducing the infiltration and pipes risk of breaks, and will address the users need of pipes
                    which require less maintenence.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. GIUSEPPE COLLE                                                       Company size          S4
                    COLLE S.P.A.
                    VIALE BELLUNO, 5
                    32020 - LENTIAI (BL)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00390437552121
                    Fax: 00390437552255
                    Email: colletub@tin.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    WAGENER & POLASCHECK                                         Germany                           S3
                    VERTRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT MBH & CO.KG




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01014
Acronym             INCUT
Proposal title      A NEW CONCEPT OF CUTTING SYSTEMS IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY

Abstract            Footwear production within the EU is becoming more mechanised and more specialised. In
                    this frame,the present project intends to improve the cutting systems by means of the
                    introduction of two innovative systems:- To design a surface defects identification and
                    classification system based in artificial vision techniques. The information generated by
                    the system will by passed to the cutting machine allowing to avoid cutting critical shoe
                    parts from those fault areas identified. This will enable shoe manufacturers to reduce reject
                    rates of footwear and provide improvements in quality and cutting process efficiency. . To
                     design and build an innovative system to perform the identification and collection of the
                    leather pieces obtained after the cutting process with the aim to evaluate its efficiency and
                    economical feasibility.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Vicente ALCOCEL CERDAN                                               Company size           S3
                    CALZADOS BUNKER S.A.
                    Poligono Industrial "El Mugron"-C/Velazquez, 7
                    PO Box 273
                    02460 - Almansa (Albacete)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34967340358
                    Fax: 34967345123
SME Proposer(s)
                    COMPANHIA DE EQUIPAMIENTOS INDUSTRIALES, Portugal                                               S3
                    LDA

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and
                    footwear
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01031
Acronym             LOADSIZER
Proposal title      VEHICLE LOADING OPTIMISATION SYSTEM

Abstract            The proposed research will improve Road Transport standards by enabling Heavy Goods
                    Vehicles (HGVs) to be equipped with acurate on-board sensors that will constantlymonitor
                    loading conditions and reference recorded data against optimised benchmarks. Improved
                    vehicle control will allow significant safety benefits and long-term economies will accrue
                    due to operational savings on goods and equipment . The sensors will provide a range of
                    in-cab displays to facilitate safe and efficient procedures, and operational benefits will
                    eliminate the possibility of overloading and maximise efficiency. Operators will be able
                    to ensure that vehicles are loaded to 100% of their designed 'safe-load' parameters to
                    improve cost-effective operation and avoid censure due to undersized consignments.

Key Action          GROW-3. Key action: Land transport and marine technologies

Start date          20/09/2000                                                          End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR 01872552801 MOON PHILIP                                             Company size          S2
                    P & J MOON
                    THE BARN WHEAL DAVEY FARM, MITHIAN
                    TR5 OPT - ST AGNES
                    United Kingdom
SME Proposer(s)
                    CHIZALO, S.A.                                              Spain                             S4




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01052
Acronym             ARCHIBALD
Proposal title      Development of a new type of advanced early walking shoe.

Abstract            The development of new products that incorporate new concepts in children footwear
                    especially in toddlers is very difficult for the footwear industry. These early years are
                    critical for children maturation and none or very little research is being doing in the direct
                    study of design criteria for children footwear. In this project we propose to apply a new
                    biomechanical concept: to increase the children balance and performance in order to reduce
                    the risk of falling and tripping and to increase the movement that children can perform.
                    Criteria will be developed to assess in the design of young children's footwear with the aim
                    of improve the balance and performance in order to reduce failing and secure a correct
                    physical and motor maturation of children. For this purpose factors as ankle support, sole
                    thickness and geometry, antropometrics, slip characteristics, perception of toe cap and back
                    part, etc. will be studied. The development of design criteria for the manufacturing of
                    innovative footwear for toddlers will be achieved.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Leendert STRUIJS                                                     Company size            S3
                    PIEDRO VERKOOPORGANISATIE B.V.
                    Jan v.d. Heijdenstraat 18-20
                    ZH Bleiswijk
                    2665 JA - Bleiswijk
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31105215211
                    Fax: 31105214961
                    Email: Piedro@Piedro.nl
                    Internet: www.Piedro.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    CAORVI, S.L.                                                  Spain                              S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01053
Acronym             Chemical penetration
Proposal title      Improving chemical penetration during leather manufacture

Abstract            Penetration of process chemicals into and through the structure of hides and skins is a major
                    factor influencing all stages of leather processing. To make good quality leather these
                    chemicals need to penetrate through the substance of the skin and into the hierarchy of the
                    structure consistently and evenly and for economic viability this needs to be achieved as
                    fast as possible. The proposed project aims to examine the factors affecting penetration and
                    the information gained will be used to optimise processes. Methods developed to optimise
                    penetration will result in an improvement in leather quality, and savings through a more
                    efficient usage of chemicals and reduced energy usage. Reduced processing times will also
                    facilitate a more rapid response to customer orders.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date        20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Mr William MCCULLA                                                      Company size            S4
                    INTERNATIONAL LEATHERS (NL) LTD .,
                    39 Shrigley Road
                    BT30 9SS - Downpatrick
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 442844821002
                    Fax: 442844821008
                    Email: sales@intleathers.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    INDUSTRIAS PERE DE CARME, S.A.                               Spain                              S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and
                    footwear
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01072
Acronym             NEPCAP
 Proposal title     NANO-CRYSTALLINE ELECTRO-DEPOSITS - THEIR PROCESSING,
CHARACTER
                    AND PROPERTIES.

 Abstract           The European plating industry, with a high proportion of SMEs, uses many processes
                    which are becoming increasingly subject to environmentally restrictions. A innovative new
                     approach to electroplating is proposed which will develop new coatings based on
                    nano-crystalline or amorphous structure rather than specific alloy composition. In order
                    to achieve this goal generic research on the formation of such structures is required
                    together with new technologies to control the coating properties. Such a task is unlikely to
                     be undertaken by the SMEs in the industrial sector alone, due to lack of research facilities.
                    The opportunity therefore arises to perform this innovative research and for the findings
                    to be used by the SMEs to generate a new series of coatings. Coatings are expected with
                    properties suitable for the protection of steel components in the automotive or hydraulics
                    industries or with specific electrical or magnetic properties for use in the electronics
                    sector.

 Key Action         GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

 Start date         6/07/2000                                                              End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr BEVERLEY SEWELL                                                        Company size           S4
                    TWICKENHAM PLATING GROUP PLC
                    BRENT WAY
                    TW8 8HU - BRENTFORD, MIDDLESEX
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 442085604111
                    Fax: 442085607338
                    Email: bsewell@twickenham.co.uk
                    Internet: ww.twickenham.co.uk
 SME Proposer(s)
                    HEGIN METAALFINISHING B.V.                                    The Netherlands                    S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas     28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
                    34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
 Comments


                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01086
Acronym             biopack
Proposal title      BIOdegradable extruded starch based plastics for PACKaging material

Abstract            Packaging manufacturers cannot address the users need for biodegradable packaging
                    material. A diversity of users like industry, retailers, farmers and medical care are faced
                    with growing pressure to minimise non -degradable packaging waste . The driving force
                    powering the development of biodegradable materials is the sheer quantity of packaging
                    waste. The EC has defined this waste stream to receive priority attention. At present
                    there is no biodegradable alternative for disposable plastics combining all the features,
                    functionalities and economics to become real competitive. Current biodegradable
                    packaging material lacks the combination of required biodegradability, properties, shape
                    and product costs. This project however will develop a competitive alternative through a
                    novel approach introducing micro-scale blends of starches and synthetic polymers using
                    compatabiliser techniques. In Europe, the market potential is estimated up to about 500
                    000 ton/year .

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator     Drs. Ing Ronald BEUMER                                                    Company size
                    LALESSE MACHINEBOUW B.V
                    P. Calandweg 11
                    6827 BJ - Arnhem
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31263611412
                    Fax: 31263643675
                    Email: info@lalesse.nl
                    Internet: www.Lalesse.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    P.P.H. K AND D KADAR                                          Poland                          S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
                    51 - Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
                    52 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles; repair of personal and household
                     goods
Comments            Participants manufacturing or using packaging material are lookedfor.


                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                 Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01088
Acronym             SACEM
Proposal title      Measuring Sugar & Alcohol Contents by Electronic Means

Abstract            Methods for the estimation of sugar and alcohol contents depend on the chemical analysis
                    of samples. These can be slow, involve noxious chemicals, confined to the laboratory and
                    unsuitable for on-line process control. A new technology, involving ionic and non- ionic
                    dynamics and cell wall physics when defined as constituents of an electrical circuit, creates
                    an opportunity to provide a new electronic method for analysis for chemical composition
                    of tissues,liquids and solutions. Each sample type requires probes, electrical excitation and
                    complex algorithrns (to convert electrical data to composition) which are application
                    specific. Thus this project intends to focus on two priority applications (i) sugar in sugar
                    beet and (ii) alcohol in beer . It is intented to research circuitry for each application and to
                     build and test prototype equipment in the laboratory and in-situ.

Key Action          GROW-6. RTD activities of a generic nature : Measurement and testing

Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date          6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                 Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Terry AKEROYD                                                           Company size            S1
                    KINGSWOOD FALCONER TECHNOLOGY
                    Ampthill Acorn Centre , Station Road,
                    MK45 2QP - Ampthill
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441525405200
                    Fax: 441525403600
                    Email: terry@ampthill.force9.co.uk
SME Proposer(s)
                    CO.EL.ME S.P.A.                                                Italy                               S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                    15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
                    71 - Renting of machinery and equipment without operator and of personal and households
                    goods
Comments


                                       Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01091
Acronym             ALPASS
Proposal title      An Environmetally Acceptable Chromate Replacement for the Passivation of
                    Aluminium Surfaces

Abstract            The proposal addresses the replacement of toxic hexavalent chromate compounds in the
                    formation of passive films for corrosion protection on aluminium and its alloys. The aim
                    is to develop a low-toxicity replacement processing solution to give the level of corrosion
                    resistance and paint adhesion currently provided by chromate-containing formulations.
                    The objectives are to: (a) establish the most effective chromate-replacement for
                    passivating aluminium/aluminium alloy surfaces (b) optimise the treatment in terms of its
                    operating parameters e.g. treatment time, solution composition, pH, temperature (c)
                    develop the coating's characteristics in terms of adhesion of subsequent organic films and
                    (d) develop the process to a level where industrial specimens can be passivated in small
                    batch trials. passivated surfaces will be subjected to partner acceptance trials.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/09/2000                                                            End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR. NICHOLAS ROGERS                                                      Company size         S3
                    ANOTECH (LEICESTER) LD.
                    70 FRIDAY STREET
                    LE1 3BW - LEICESTER
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441162511622
                    Fax: 441162622128
                    Email: nick@anotech.co.uk
                    Internet: WWW.ANOTECH.CO.UK
SME Proposer(s)
                    AD PRODUCTION B.V.                                           The Netherlands                  S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments            SMEs involved in the surface treatment of aluminium and itsalloys, a chemical formulator
                    and supplier, end-users ofpainted aluminium products.



                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01094
Acronym             HARDEDGE
Proposal title      Hard metal machining in a jobbing shop type environment

Abstract            This research is intended to provide a solution to the problem of conventionally
                    machining hard steels and nickel based alloys turning, milling, drilling and tapping at rates
                    and costs superior to grinding. This has to be achieved in the manufacturing environment
                    of the jobbing shop, where batch size is small, geometric shape is variable, set-up,
                    turn-round time and delivery are expected to be short and flexibility at a maximum, yet
                    operating and capital costs need to be low. The main objective is to describe a cost
                    effective method based on the use of ultra hard tools. The method will extend research
                    already carried out by large companies by carrying out selected machining tests on surface
                    hardened steels and nickel alloy steels by observing wear mechanisms, chip/tool interface
                    metallography & temperatures and cutting forces. This will be followed by process trials,
                    product and cost evaluation. Successful methods will be rapidely introduced by the
                    participating SMEs.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Robert JOHNSON                                                        Company size           S4
                    CRAFTSMAN TOOLS LTD
                    Side Copse
                    LS21 1JE - OTLEY
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441943466788
                    Fax: 441943850144
                    Email: robert@craftsmantools.com
                    Internet: www.craftsmantools.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    GORATU MÁQUINAS HERRAMIENTA, S.A.                             Spain                             S3
                    MANUFACTURAS ZETA, S.L.                                       Spain                             S3
                    KENDU, S.COOP.                                                Spain                             S3
                    ATTREZZATURE AGINT SRL                                        Italy                             S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      22 - Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    26 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
Comments




                                      Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                            Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01096
Acronym             NCCFRWT
Proposal title      NEW CONSTRUCTION COMPONENTS FROM RECYCLED WASTE TIMBER

Abstract            THE OVERALL CONCEPT OF THE PROJECT IS TO REMOVE WASTE TIMBER FROM
                    LANDFILL ANDPRODUCE A NEW RECYCLED TIMBER PRODUCT.IT IS BASED
                    ON THE FACT THAT AT PRESENT WASTE TIMBE IS LANDFILLED, CHIPPED
                    FOR USE IN THE PARTICLE BOARD INDUSTRY OR FOR FUEL BRIQUETTES.E.U.
                    DIRECTIVES WILL LEAD TO THE SATURATION OF THE CHIPPED TIMBER
                    MARKETTHIS ALTERNATIVE METHOD WILL NOT ONLY CREATE A NEW
                    MARKET BUT WILL HELP TO MAINTAIN THE CHIPPED TIMBER INDUSTRY.
                    THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A NEW SYSTEM OF RECYCLING
                    ANDPRODUCTION OF NEW CONSTRUCTION COMPONENTS.THE
                    PRODUCTION OF A PROTOTYPE MACHINE WILL PRODUCE SAMPLE MATERIAL
                    FORTESTING AND CERTIFICATION.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/09/2000                                                       End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)             Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator     MR MARK EGERTON                                  Company size S2
                    TARGET WASTE UK (MANCHESTER) LTD,T/A COLLEGE TIMBER RECYCLING
                    8 LEESTONE ROAD
                    M23 9TL
                    M23 9TL - MANCHESTER
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 00441614916040
                    Fax: 00441614914434
                    Email: CTR@PMAIL.NET
SME Proposer(s)
                    LVB WOOD DRYING & ENERGY SYSTEMS BV                      The Netherlands               S2




                                     Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                               Proposal number EXAW-1999-01113
Acronym             LACED
 Proposal title     RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A CHUTE EXTRACTOR DEVICE FOR
LIGHT
                    AIRCRAFT

 Abstract           Light aircraft utilisation is growing with the development of air leisure. Unfortunatly
                    number of accidents is always very high and security parachute are not always efficient and
                     well adapted. This project aims at developping a secure parachute extractor with high
                    performances, for light aircraft. - extraction of the new parachutes for aircraft weighing up
                     to 700 kg - extracting time minus than 1 s. This innovative extractor will not use the
                    pyrotechny existing technology but a new technic based on compression of the gaz to 300
                    bars. This will enable higher security on light aircafts, possibilities to extract bigger
                    parachutes and will contribute to save lifes. The project will be carried out by SMEs from
                    France, Germany and England .

 Key Action         GROW-4. Key action: New perspective in aeronautics

 Start date         20/09/2000                                                            End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Stéphane DATAND                                                      Company size           S2
                    SCORPIO SARL
                    LA VOYAGERE
                    F 74 550 - CERVENS
                    France
                    Phone: 33450725890
                    Fax: 33450725897
                    Internet: httpi//pro.wanadoo.fr/scorpio
 SME Proposer(s)
                    FLIGHT DESIGN GMBH                                           Germany                            S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas     35.3-C -
 Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01114
Acronym             BIOTIP
Proposal title      Injection Moulding of Titanium Powders for Biomedical Applications

Abstract            Ti and its alloys are increasingly used for the production of orthopaedic and dental implants
                    due to the outstanding strength to weight ratio and its immunity to body fluids. Ti
                    implants are traditionally produced by machining. However, when a high quantity of
                    complex shape components are demanded, the production cost per unit is high The Metal
                    Injection Moulding (MIM) process eliminates machining and is ideal for small components
                     in medium to high quantities. The more complex the design, the more economically
                    advantageous MIM becomes. MIM is not yet a well-established technique for the
                    production of biomedical and dental Ti components. One of the most serious reasons for
                    this is the lack in the global market of high quality, oxygen free, fine (< 25 µm), spherical
                    Ti powders.The aim of this project is the MIM manufacture of a range of cost-effective
                    biomedical implant device for use in orthopaedic and orthodontic surgery. To achieve this
                    aim, research is necessary for the production of perfectly spherical and highly pure Ti
                    powders, in sizes suitable for MIM in addition, the die design and the MIM process
                    parameters have to be optimised.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr CHRISTOS KALAITZIS                                                    Company size           S2
                    C. LALAITZIS -A. KEHAGIOPOULOS
                    Gamvetta Street66-68
                    54642 - THESSALONIKI
                    Greece
                    Phone: 3031866144
                    Fax: 3031866328
                    Email: spondylos@otenet.gr
SME Proposer(s)
                    METAL INJECTION MOULDINGS LTD.                               United Kingdom                     S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
                    27 - Manufacture of basic metals
Comments            Metal injection moulders Orthopaedic and dental implant manufacturers Orthopaedic
                    surgeons and hospital consultant staff




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01115
Acronym             Hi-SLIDE
Proposal title      High speed bi-directional laser cutting and creasing of fastmoving carton-board
                    for packaging

Abstract            European SME packaging producers (around 6000 in EU) are under a continuous pressure
                    of often-powerful (multinational) clients to meet constant changes in packaging designs
                    and features. Current process equipment (rotary and punch tools) have limitations due to
                    long delivery times of tools for design changes (e.g. 4 months for rotary tools) and high
                    costs (50.000 Euro per design change) all leading to extremely low flexibility. The
                    objective of the Hi-SLIDE project is to develop new laser-based process equipment for
                    fully automated in-line cutting and creasing (a fundamentally new approach in the total
                    processing system of packaging). Goal is to obtain complete freedom of (intermediate)
                    design changes and to ban completely the problem of wear of the cutting tools. These
                    innovations will result in radical improvements in flexibility, reduced time to market
                    (50-80%), cost reduction (70%), high speed (300 metres/minute), accuracy (100%
                    repetitivity) and waste reduction (50%).

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Aad. L.J. AMMERLAAN                        Company size                                 S4
                    MADERN GRAVEERINDUSTRIE EN GEREEDSCHAPPENFABRIEK B.V.
                    Vikingbank 1
                    3133 KX - Vlaardingen
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31102485460
                    Fax: 31102489920
                    Email: ammerlaan@madern.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    PROLAS PRODUKTIONSLASER GMBH                               Germany                          S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      21 - Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products
                    72 - Computer and related activities
Comments            We are looking for packaging or paper producers and softwaresuppliers




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                 Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01124
Acronym             MOMO
Proposal title      LOW COST IN MOULD MONITORING FOR HIGH SPEED RTM

Abstract            The European commercial industries require new materials with improved performance not
                    reached by the materials currently employed. In this way, composite materials are growing
                    in an important percentage. In the past the processing of organic composite parts was
                    related to techniques that are of low quality, low productivity and environmentally
                    unhealthy. In recent times the development of close mould technologies as RTM are
                    improving the quality and the environment. Although RTM presents a lot of advantages
                    currently the major limitation of the RTM process comes from the need to achieve higher
                     processing rates. Thus, HSRTM is been developed, but the possibilities of this technology
                    are limited by the lack of knowledge of how occurs into the mould. The objective of this
                    proposal is to develop of a monitored system for High Speed RTM process at low cost by
                    the use of a tool consisting on a commercial hardware and a simple software, in order to
                    control process parameters. This improvement of HSRTM process will allow: V to
                    increase the number of parts/day. V to optimise the production cycles, and V to
                    demonstrate the feasability of HSRTM process for doing structural componerts at low cost.
                    all of them in confonnity with the marketplace demands: high quality, good prices and
                    friendly with the environment.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Sr NICOLAS JAROSLAVSKY LARREA                                         Company size           S2
                    LAMBDA COMUNICACIONES OPTICAS S.L
                    Parque Tecnologico de Vizcaya 206A
                    48170 - ZAMUDIO
                    Spain
                    Phone: 33944209410
                    Fax: 33944209413
                    Email: nicolas@lambda-com.es
                    Internet: www.lambada-com.es
SME Proposer(s)
                    ISOJET EQUIPEMENTS                                         France                            S3
                    INDARPLAS, S.L.                                            Spain                             S3
                    POLYSIER S.A.                                              Spain                             S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      72 - Computer and related activities
                    25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
Comments




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                             Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01183
Acronym             CERATOOL
Proposal title      Keramische Schneidwerkzeuge für die Holzbearbeitung

Abstract            Durch das Projekt soll des Einsatz keramischer Scheidwerkzeuge in der holzverarbeitenden
                    Industrie ermöglicht werden. Trotz des hohen Leistungspotentials (Härte,
                    korrosionsbeständigkeit, geringe Dichte) werden dort bisher nur Stahl, Hartmetall und PKD
                     Werkzeuge eingesetzt. In Voruntersuchungen der Antragsteller erreichen die Werkzeuge
                    bereits 3 bis 20-fache Standzeiten. Einer Stanzeitmatrix für verschiedene Holzwerkstoffe
                    und Zerspanungsprozesse wird mit den geplanten Labor und Feldversuchen aufgebaut. Die
                    Geometrie des Schneidwerkzeuge sowie die Schleifbearbeitung für kleine Keilwinkel muss
                    durch FTE Dienstleister optimiert werden. Durch die Einbeziehung von Industrieben für die
                     Zerspanungstests ist die direkte Nutzung gewährleistet. Die Funktionssicherheit der
                    keramischen Schneidwerkstoffe und ihre wirtschaftlichen Vorzüge werden im industriellen
                    Einsatz untersucht. Die Verbreitung der Ergebnisse wird durch die Einbindung verschiedener
                    europäischer Verbände gewährleistet.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/12/2000                                                        End date       20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)             Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Helmut EBERHARD                                                      Company size       S4
                    JOHANN EBERHARD GMBH
                    Oisnitz 39
                    8503 - St. Josef
                    Austria
                    Phone: 43313681119
                    Fax: 433136811192
                    Email: office@fisch-tools.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    PEITZ INDUSTRIEANLAGENBAU                                 Germany                       S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
Comments            Gesucht werden holzverarbeitende Betriebe und Herstellerverbände z.B. der Bau und
                    Möbelindustrie, sowie Keramikhersteller




                                     Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01194
Acronym             TELECERAMIC
Proposal title      IN-SITU CONTROL SYSTEM APPLIED TO HEAT-RESISTANT COVERING OVEN

Abstract            Usually, the inspection of heat-resistant oven is very expensive for the companies. The
                    manufacuring has to be stopped and when the ovens are cold the visual inspection allows
                    determining where the heat-resistant covering is lost. Taking advantage of the remote
                    sensing technologies evolution, some new methodologies of analysis have been developed
                    and applied in some punctual cases. The most advantage of those newmethodologies is that
                     the measure method is only possible in such cases in which a valuable surface temperature
                    difference occurs. So, the remote sensing technologies detection have to be done when the
                    maximum temperature differences (between good and bad thermal insulation superficial
                    points) can be detected. So, the adequate application of those technologies occurs when the
                     thermal system is running.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          13/03/2001                                                          End date       13/03/2002

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     DOCTOR FRANCISCO GUITIAN RIVERA                                        Company size           S1
                    AFICEGA
                    INSTITUTO DE CERAMICS.CAMPUS SUR
                    15706 - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34981563100
                    Fax: 34981564242
SME Proposer(s)
                    GPP CHEMNITZ GESELLSCHAFT FUER                              Germany                           S3
                    PROZESSRECHNERPROGRAMMIERUNG MBH




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                           Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01213
Acronym             POLAR WELDING
Proposal title      A NEW AUTOMATIC WELDING SYSTEM FOR LOW AND ICY TEMPERATURES

Abstract            THE SUBMITTED RESEARCH PROJECT AIMS TO DEVELOP AN INNOVATIVE
                    WELDING SYSTEM WHICH COULD BE USED ON LOW AND ICY TEMPERATURES
                    WITH INNOVATIVE ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL AND SOFTWARE PARTS. IT
                    WILL AVOID ACCIDENTS, OIL LOSS, ENVIROMENTAL DAMAGES, OPTIMAL
                    WELDING PERFORMANCES AND A REDUCTION IN PRODUCTION COSTS. IT WILL
                    ALLOW THE EXPLOITING OF ENERGY SOURCES IN ALL OVER THE WORLD ,
                    ALSO IN EXTREME CONDITIONS THE PROPOSAL WILL ANALYSE THE
                    FOLLOWING ISSUES : - CHOOSE OF THE MOST APPROPRIATE AND INNOVATIVE
                    MATERIALS, COMPONENTS AND PARTS - SPERIMENTAL EQUIPMENTS TO
                    CARRY OUT QUALIFICATION TRIALS AND COMPARISON TESTS -
                    MECHANICAL, ANALYSIS PROJECT , PROJECT OF WELDING BUGS , PROCESSOR
                    CONTROL BOXES SPECIAL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENTS TO INSTALL IN
                    SELFMOVING MACHINERY , WELDING TES'TS - PROJECT OF HDW ELECTRONIC,
                    SOFTWARE AND FIRMWARE ELECTRONIC PROGRAMMING - BUILDING OF A
                    PROTOTYPE AND INSTALLATION ON A SELFMOVING MACHINERY - TRIALS
                    ON SIMULATED ENVIROMEN'TAL CONDITIONS - QUALITY CERTIFICATIONS

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          11/12/2000                                                      End date   11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)            Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     ENGINEE FERNANDO RINALDI                                          Company size    S2
                    P.W.T. S.P.A. (PIPE WELDING TECHNOLOGY)
                    V.ROMA, 61 - GUARDAMIGLIO
                    26862 - LODI ( MI)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00390377451228
                    Fax: 00390377451094
                    Email: pwtspa@tin.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    ANKO INDUSTRY GMBH                                      Germany                   S3




                                     Last update    18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                            Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                 Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01227
Acronym             PMC
Proposal title     Pallet Management Cell Manufacturing System

Abstract           The European manufacturing industry today faces high levels of local and international
                   (improper)competition. Several factors determine a manufacturing company's
                   competitiveness: new productdevelopment time, production lead time, flexibility in
                   responding to (market) changes in demand ofvolume and variety, quality, price, response
                   to customer delivery requirements, use of state-of-the-artmaterials, processes and
                   technologies. In every case, the company's ability to respond to these factorsdepends
                   critically on the capability of its manufacturing organisation.The answer is sought in
                   accelerating the technological development by introducing a coherent set of
                   methodologies, computer-aided tools, and experimental test beds to design, analyse and
                   improvemanufacturing systems.This combined Demo and R& TD project is aiming at
                   the development and demonstration of a new,leading intelligent and flexible manufacturing
                    method, based on the latest state-of-the-art technologyand building on FMS (flexible
                   manufacturing system) technology.The objectives of the full project are:- To draft
                   detailed terms of reference on the new system functionality among the partners;- To
                   design an appropriate step-by-step practical production layout and an extension of
                   productioncells, allowing the production process to fully automatic produce complex
                   products on the highestqua...

Key Action         GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date         20/12/2000                                                         End date       20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration           Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator    Mr. Harry ROOSEN                                                      Company size          S3
                   ROOSEN NEDERLAND B.V.
                   Kerver 1
                   5521 DA - Eersel
                   The Netherlands
                   Phone: 31497517171
                   Fax: 31497514469
                   Email: harryroosen@roosen-nl.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                   HERUGA N.V.                                               Belgium                           S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
Comments




                                     Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01230
Acronym             SAVEWATERTAN
Proposal title      A new process to saving water and diminishing pollutionin leather tanning

Abstract            New environmental models based on sustainable growth an a concern for the environment
                    imposechanges in water consumption. Our priority objective in the proposal is to design
                    a new process that will enable water consumption to tall at least 25% with respect to
                    current processes. Leather quality should not suffer any kind of decrease in quality as a
                    result of the implimentation of the process. As secondary objectives, we aim to decrease
                    salt consumption in hide preserving methods in at least 15%. Also, pollution generated will
                     be diminished as a result. To achieve the objectives presented in this project we will
                    develop a process ranging from hide preservation to tanning. We will optimise the relation
                     between water savings and leather quality in each operation. To do so, we will consider the
                     final destination of the leather being manufactured.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          11/12/2000                                                             End date     11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Manager Ramon GASSÓ CASTILLA                                             Company size          S3
                    CURTIS AQUALATA, S.A.
                    Varietats, 2.
                    PO Box 523
                    08700 - Igualada
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34938036902
                    Fax: 34938036098
                    Email: curtaqua@inescop.es
                    Internet: http://www.inescop.es/curtagua
SME Proposer(s)
                    PIELES Y CUEROS PAÀOMERAS Y GAMBÚS, S.A.                    Spain                              S3
                    KELA SPEZIALMASCHINEN GMBH                                  Germany                            S3
                    CURTGAIAO-INDUSTRIA E COMERCIO DE PELES,                    Portugal                           S3
                    LDA.

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and
                    footwear
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                             Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01258
Acronym             AUTO-FACT
 Proposal title     INTEGRATED AND AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR
FURNITURE
                    INDUSTRY

 Abstract           The aim of the present project is that of creating a unified, cost-reducing,
                    low-maintenance, flexible and user-friendly production system for furnituremanufacturing,
                    using the most advanced technologies available, in particular:integrated intelligence,
                    software- supported control platforms, real-timeprogramming and linear motors.The
                    result of the project will be an integrated and automated production processfor furniture
                    manufacturing, replacing the expensive hardware solutions and manualassembling applied
                    nowadays.In particular, the innovations brought by the projectin the manufacturing
                    process will be:1. An integrated managing system, based oncommon Windows NT
                    environment,2. The real-time integration of design andproduction by means of ad-hoc
                    conversion procedures betwen Auto- CAD designs andmachine-data generation, 3. A
                    wireless information transmission system between thecomputers and the actuating
                    machines, 4. Linear motors and integrated intelligencefor the boring and assembling
                    processes

 Key Action         GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

 Start date         11/12/2000                                                         End date       11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Commendatore Gian Luigi MAISTRI                                       Company size          S4
                    MAISTRI S.P.A.
                    Via Brennero, 41
                    37020 - San Pietro Incariano (Verona)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00390456835111
                    Fax: 00390456850137
                    Email: maistri@maistri.it
                    Internet: WWW.maistri.it
 SME Proposer(s)
                    CYBAMATIC LIMITED                                          United Kingdom                   S2




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                            Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01260
Acronym             GOAL
Proposal title      Gear Pumps with POlymeric MAteriaLs

Abstract            The GOAL project aims to realise innovative polymeric gear pumps and motors for
                    hydraulic applications.Pump body, end cover, flange, bearings will be made of compound
                    fibre reinforcedpolymeric materials manufactured by injection moulding, instead of
                    metallic ones;this constitutes a major innovation in the sector, achievieng this way a
                    remarkablereduction of production and maintenance costs and improvement of system
                    performance in terms of noise and vibration

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          11/12/2000                                                        End date      11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)             Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Giuseppe SALAMI                                                 Company size         S4
                    SALAMI SPA
                    Via Emilia Ovest, 1006
                    41100 - Modena
                    Italy
                    Phone: 059387411
                    Fax: 059387410
                    Email: info@salami.it / amministrazione@salami.it
                    Internet: salami.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    UNIVERSAL HYDRAULIK GMBH                                  Germany                        S3




                                     Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01300
Acronym             PRESSURE ROLLING
Proposal title      ADVANCED PROCESS FOR THE PRESSURE ROLLING OF MATERIALS IN THE
                    FOUNDRY INDUSTRY

Abstract            Up to now, foundries manufacture cast-components that generally have poor mechanical
                    properties (state of surface, fatigueresistance, proof strength). The foundry industry must
                    find now a way to upgrade these mechanical properties of its cast components by a
                    process that is fast, easy to set on a production line and not to expensive: The Pressure
                    Rolling process is the envisaged solution. It will be a new step in the foundry process,
                    namely a finishing step that does not exist so far. The main objectives of the project
                    are: - To develop a Pressure Rolling procedure. - To study the effect of Pressure Rolling
                    on cast components manufactured by foundry partners. - To develop a suitable method of
                    on-line controlling: the surface state of the cast components before and after Pressure
                    Rolling and the strain hardening of the component. - To realise a numerical simulation of
                    the stain-hardened surface of the cast component after Pressure Rolling. - To implement
                    the process on foundry production lines.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Bernard DECHAUMONT                                                   Company size         S4
                    SOCIETE MURETAINE DE FONDERIE DECHAUMONT
                    Z.I DE JOFFRERY
                    31 603 - MURET
                    France
                    Phone: 33534460230
                    Fax: 33561561963
                    Email: b.dechaumont@fonderie.dechaumont.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    FONDERIA SANT' EMILIA SPA                                    Italy                            S4




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01306
Acronym             CUT-4-1
Proposal title      Integrated architecture for cutting systems of shoe components

Abstract            Today, with the growth of the e-commerce, there is a trend towards the progressive
                    reduction of the average batches of shoe production until reaching the extreme
                    consequence of the production of individual orders: one customised pair of shoe for a single
                     consumer. As the beginning of the shoe manufacturing process is cutting. If the cutting
                    phase is enough flexible to answer to the customer orders very quickly and for small
                    batches, all the shoe manufacturing process will be flexible and adaptable for small batches.
                    That is why the objective of the project is the development of an optimised placing and
                    automatic cutting system architecture, which will allow the configuration of highly
                    automated cutting rooms to manufacture customised footwear models in small and flexible
                    batches according to the e-commerce trend.Diminution of over production, better time to
                    market and satisfaction of the customer needs are the main expected results.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     President Giuseppe COLLI                                                Company size            S2
                    T-LINK SRL
                    Piazza Sraffa 4
                    20136 - MILANO
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390258327335
                    Fax: 390258309890
                    Email: beppec@mail.inet.it
                    Internet: www.t-link.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    HAWKES TECHNICAL LTD                                         United Kingdom                     S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01321
Acronym             BETAPROTH
Proposal title      Improve abrasion properties and increased useful life of UHMWPE* hip and knee
                    prothesis, using electron beam irradiation.

Abstract            The objective of the Craft project is to improve the mechanical characteristics, mainly the
                    ABRASION resistance of UHMWPE*, a material fully tested for its use in prothesis, by
                    optimising a new cross-linking process: electron beam irradiation. The SME proposers
                    are interest on industrially exploit the results of the RTD project. The use of lighter and
                    inert materials in prothesis, with mechanical properties similar to metals has become known
                    over the lastyears. The range of materials which fulfil these requirements is very limited,
                     but have been evolving with time, now using metal combined with plastic or plastic
                    prothesis. UHMWPE* is one of the materials which best fulfils these requirements, and is
                    the most widely used in its category. However ithas inherent chemical problems, such as its
                     limited abrasion resistance, which generates abrasion problems and can cause problems
                    such as osteolysis, reduced mobility;..... not desirable in human body. Research carried out
                    in this area over the last five years has enabled improvements in abrasion resistance, but
                    they have notreached totally satisfactory solutions. The objective of this project is to
                    reduce abrasion to practically zero in UHMWPE* hip and knee prothesis, by electron beam
                    irradiation of the material. This technique is based on a clean energy, unlike gamma
                    radiation (the most commonly used...

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date      20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     SR. JOAQUIN FORRIOL PICO                                                 Company size          S3
                    LAFITT S.A.
                    C/BILBAO N° 40
                    46988 - FUENTE DEL JARRO / VALENCIA
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34961325304
                    Fax: 34961324720
                    Email: lafitt@aimme.es
SME Proposer(s)
                    CITIEFFE S.R.L.                                             Italy                              S3
                    ARTUR SALGADO LDA                                           Portugal                           S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
                    33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01332
Acronym             RTM OF CFRP STRUCTURES
Proposal title      Resin Transfer Moulding of thin-walled Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic
                    structures for medical and aerospace applications

Abstract            An engineer needs design allowables and predicting models to design structures and plan the
                     manufacturing process. For resin transfer moulding (RTM) offibre-reinforced plastic
                    (FRP) structures the mould design and flow-strategy isbased on experience and trial and
                    error. Finite element tools are available to predict resin flow. But, accurate input-data in
                    the predicting model is essential.A large problem is formed by the lack of permeability
                    numbers for high fibrecontents (50% - 60%). At the moment the RTM-process of
                    products with relatively thick (t > 2 mm)laminates and low fibre volume fractions (15% -
                    25%) has rejection rates of lessthen 5%. Rejection rates of more then 50% can be found in
                     products with a laminatethickness of 0.5 mm and a fibre volume fraction of 50%.The
                    main project objective is to determine the design allowabless for RM of thin-walled (0.5 - 1
                     mm) CFRP structures at fibre volume fractions (50% - 60%),resulting in rejection rates of
                     5%.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     MSc. Sandro FELTRIN                                                      Company size        S2
                    RIC SRL.
                    Via Meucci 3
                    31050 - Ponzano (TV)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390422967413
                    Fax: 390422960266
                    Email: ric@albaclick.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    ORFIT INDUSTRIES N.V.                                         Belgium                        S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
                    35 - Manufacture of other transport equipment
                    25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
                    33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
Comments            The participants must be affiliated to manufacturing and / or applying structures of fibre
                    reiforced plastic at fibre volume fractions > 30%.



                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01335
Acronym             AUTOMAP
 Proposal title     AUTOMATIC SYSTEM FOR THE MAPPING OF EXSISTING DEFECTS ON
TANNED
                    LEATHERS

 Abstract           The aim of the proposed research project is the development of an automtic systembased
                    on artificial vision for the identification and mapping of defectsexisting on mantles of
                    tanned and finished leathers, destined to constitute the covering of chairs and/or
                    upholstered sofas. The detection system will be moreoverlinked to the choice of an
                    adeguate nesting program (optimised placement of jigson the hide so to maximise the use
                    of the leather hide) and an automatic leathercutting system. The final outcome of the
                    project will be an integrated, stand-alone, plug-in machine able to perform automatically
                    with very highflexibility the whole process of defect mapping, nesting, cutting of leather
                    hides, according to the cutting programme related to any specific production

 Key Action         GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

 Start date         11/12/2000                                                           End date       11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Ing. MARCO UDERZO                                                       Company size         S4
                    BUM S.R.L.
                    VIA NATTA 27/31
                    36040 - BRENDOLA
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00390444706511
                    Fax: 00390444706555
                    Email: buminfo@bum.it
                    Internet: www.bum.it
 SME Proposer(s)
                    STECHERT STAHLROHRMOBEL GMBH                                Germany                          S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas     17 - Manufacture of textiles
                    19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and
                    footwear
 Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01348
Acronym             ATIT
Proposal title      Total concept for Antenna Towersincluding an Integrated IT system

Abstract            The main project objectives are to develop a total product concept for Antenna Towers,
                    based on a newIntegrated IT System that can support the company's technical product
                    specification processes in the specificationsystem. The specification system comprises all
                    activities in the product life cycle concerned with sales, production,application, service and
                     disposal of the product. The market for Antenna Towers is growing proportionally with the
                     increased use of mobile communication in Europe, and the proposed research areas have
                    not earlier been subject toan extensive European co-operative project. With the Antenna
                    Tower we aim to develop and introduce to the marketa completely new type meeting the
                    commercial and environmental demands of tomorrow. It will address thegrowing, demand
                    for such towers with a highly flexible and competitive product, conforming to the present,
                    andnotably future environmental requirements placed upon this type of construction. In
                    order to carry through thisproject Steelcon will enter a close co-operation with four
                    European SME's from respectively, Belgium, Germany,Holland, and Latvia, as well as
                    competent R TD performers.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          11/12/2000                                                             End date       11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     B.Sc.Mech.Engineer Peder MOELLER ANDERSEN                                Company size            S4
                    STEELCON CHIMNEY ESBJERG A/S
                    Lillebaeltsvej 62
                    PO Box 4079
                    6715 - Esberg N.
                    Denmark
                    Phone: 4575142022
                    Fax: 4575140122
                    Email: steelcon@steelcon.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    MAASS GMBH                                                    Germany                            S3
                    EAST METAL LTD.                                               Latvia                             S4
                    STAALBOUW PERMECA B.V.                                        The Netherlands                    S3
                    SEDIC S.A.                                                    Belgium                            S2




                                      Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                             Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01351
Acronym             VWM
Proposal title      Vibration reduction in Woodworking machining

Abstract            Although the integration of consequential process steps into one single system is a
                    well-known concept to reduce operational costs and cutting back scrap, in the
                    woodworking industry machine centres have been realised for the production of small-sized
                     windows only. However, for large-sized windows such integrated concept has not been
                    achieved to date, primarily hampered by vibration problems. This project is proposed to
                    (Phase 1) research the vibration problem, and (Phase 2) develop and produce a prototype
                    of a novel woodworking machining centre for large-window production. Eventually, this
                    project should result in improved quality of the finished product (the window), lower
                    costprice, improved labour conditions, employee safety and ergonomics (less handling,
                    loading and unloading are required).

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                        End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Egbert TIJHUIS                                                       Company size           S3
                    TYHUIS MACHINES HOLDING B.V.
                    Deurningerstraat 216 A
                    7557 HM - Hengelo (O)
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31742916284
                    Fax: 31742913992
                    Email: egbert@tijhuis.nl
                    Internet: www.tijhuis.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    ANT. PANHANS WERKZEUG U.MACHINENFABRIK Germany                                              S4
                    GMBH




                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                             Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01360
Acronym             PLAXIS 3D
Proposal title      Development of three-dimensional simulation model for engineering and design
                    of tunnels, excavations and heavy loaded pavements

Abstract            No abstract provided by the proposers

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                      End date    20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     IR Jan KRUIZINGA                              Company size S4
                    KOAC-WMD INSTITUUT VOOR MATERIAAL- EN WEGBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
                     BV
                    Schumanpark 43
                    7336 AS - Apeldoorn
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31555433100
                    Fax: 31555433111
                    Email: kruizinga@koac-wmd.nl
                    Internet: www.koac-wmd.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    STUDIEBUREAU VOOR BOUWKUNDE                              Belgium                     S3
                    RAADGEVENDE INGENIEURS




                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01365
Acronym             ELECTROFIBRES
Proposal title      Electrically Conducting FibresProduction and Application

Abstract            At the moment, metallic conductors like Cu, Ag, etc., as well as non metallic conductors
                    like graphite are used to screen off sensitive electronic components of electromagnetic
                    waves. The application possibilities are characterised by the mechanical properties and the
                    lack of possibility for conduction of high frequency currents. In addition, the insulating
                    properties are rather inadequate. Therefore, the manufacturing of fibres coated with
                    intrinsically conducting polymers, will be developed, which not only have outstanding
                    mechanical properties but can be incorporate in polymermatrices and are also
                    characterised by excellent heat insulation. The coated fibres can be of biological origin,
                    (wood, wool, flax) as well as synthetic fibres. These novel materials will be manufactured
                    and used by participating SMEs.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          11/12/2000                                                           End date       11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Dipl.-Chem. Christian NÜRNBERGER                                        Company size          S3
                    NUERNENBERGER & KITTLER GMBH
                    Werkstrasse 1
                    04565 - Regis-Breitingen
                    Germany
                    Phone: 493434371212
                    Fax: 493434371225
SME Proposer(s)
                    INDUSTRIAS QUÍMICAS TEXTILES S.A                             Spain                            S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      36 - Manufacture of furniture; manufacturing n.e.c.
                    34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
Comments            Automobile industry, Manufacturing of furniture




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01368
Acronym             MODULAR HOME
Proposal title      NEW GENERATION MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEM FOR HOUSING UNITS WITH
                    3 STORIES AND MORE

Abstract            The goal of this project is to develop a new generation modular building system for
                    housing units with 3 stories and more. The project will generate innovative ways to
                    combine the strengths of different materials (mainly steel and concrete) and find the
                    optimal level of prefabrication needed to fit economic productiontransportation and
                    on-site assembly. New solutions need to be developed for using and combining steel and
                    lightweight concrete manufacturing technologies. By exploi-ting the best properties of the
                    different materials and techno-logies the most appropriate material and technology can be
                    uti-lized, where possible. Solutions developed thus far are material-based using, for
                    example, timber only. Intention is to have slen-der bearing structures to utilize steel while
                    slabs and exterior walls are, to be based on lightweight concrete.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     ANDRES SAAME                                     Company size                                   S4
                    KODUMAJATEHASE AS 15 PAERNU ROAD 10141 TALLINN ESTONIA
                    15 PÄRNU ROAD
                    10 141 - TALLINN
                    Estonia
                    Phone: 3726651721
                    Fax: 6651731
                    Email: andres@cross.ee
                    Internet: http://www.uninet.ee/~kodumaja/
SME Proposer(s)
                    3L-PLAN GBR                                                   Germany                           S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01370
Acronym             AUTOCASTING
Proposal title      Automation of machine casting processes

Abstract            The goal of the project is the development of fully automated systems formachine casting
                    which will give rise to opportunities for a competitive andsustainable growth of European
                    SMEs involved in casting, as well as for atechnology innovation in the European Union as
                    a whole. The particular groups ofoperations that are to be subjected to automation in
                    accordance with theenvisaged project are (a) the dosage, the transfer and the infusion of
                    meltedalloys into press-forms; (b) the cleaning and smearing of press-forms; and (c)the
                    unloading of castings machines. The full automation of these operations willcreate the
                    necessary conditions for a quality control of casting.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/12/2000                                                          End date      20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Dipl. Ing. Ulrich BOCK                                                Company size          S4
                    MONEVA GMBH+CO. LEICHTMETALLGUSS
                    Lederstrasse 5
                    PO Box 1124
                    73650 - Winterbach
                    Germany
                    Phone: 497181702171
                    Fax: 497181702109
                    Internet: www.moneva.de
SME Proposer(s)
                    SPESIMA GMBH                                               Bulgaria                         S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                             Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01371
Acronym             CONTACT-SAFETY
Proposal title     Adaptation of A New Test-Technology For Micro-Contacts In Safety-Sensitive
                   Industrial Production Processes And Demonstration Of Appliances In Selected
                   Different Branches

Abstract           Electric contacts are the "weak points" of electric circuits. The trend to minimisation
                   along with increasing requirements concerning safety and costs can not be answered by
                   off-line test methods of contacts with its considerable uncertainties. Claimed by the
                   industry a basic technology is developed for an automatic on-line destroy-less test method
                   which enables to create a quality management. The method tests just the interesting
                   parameters and avoids detours to indirect parameters. This basic cross-sectional
                   technology has to be adopted to different branches and tested under real industrial
                   conditions. The production time and costs can be reduced and the competitiveness can be
                   improved as well as the safety in both production and life-time of the product. This is a
                   contributen also toward zero-waste-production.

Key Action         GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date         20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration            Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator    Torsten KREISCHER                                                      Company size          S2
                   TKR SPEZIALWERKZEUGE GMBH
                   Kaltenhof 27
                   58285 - Gevelberg
                   Germany
                   Phone: 492332954911
                   Fax: 492332954912
                   Email: tkr@tkr-tools.de
                   Internet: www.tkr-tools.de
SME Proposer(s)
                   OCP BEHEER B.V                                              The Netherlands                  S2




                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01377
Acronym             MEOS
Proposal title      3-D In-line inspection using microstrip sensors

Abstract            This project aims to produce a new inspection technique for soldered joints on Printed
                    Circuit Board assemblies using X-ray inspection and 3-D image analysis. The continuity
                    of soldered connections on printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies is of paramount
                    importance in ensuring the reliability of almost any electronic device. The need exists
                    for a fast, reliable QA testing methodology, which will increase reliability and reduce
                    manufacture time of PCBs . The opportunity exists to use 3-D X-ray visualisation
                    technology, presently being developed in the medical field, to produce a non-contact,
                    once-through x-ray scanning system capable of detecting flaws in multi-layer PCB
                    assemblies by comparing the manufactured device with an image of a "perfect model" .

Key Action          GROW-6. RTD activities of a generic nature : Measurement and testing

Start date          20/12/2000                                                          End date         20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Nicholas FOX                                                      Company size         S2
                    BAGGAGE SCAN LIMITED
                    Nottingham Business Park, City Link, The Island Business District
                    NG2 4LA - Nottingham
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 01158484957
                    Fax: 01158484959
                    Email: n.fox@ish.co.uk
                    Internet: www.ish.co.uk
SME Proposer(s)
                    ANCO S.A. AGENCIES, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Greece                                           S4


                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
                    32 - Manufacture of radio, television and communication equipment and apparatus
                    33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments


                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01391
Acronym             SAFE TUNNELLIGHTING
Proposal title      Development of a safety oriented management-, control- and monotoring system
                    for technical systems in Tunnels

Abstract            Safety in tunnels is an increasing problem in all European countries.The increasing
                    trafficload makes it difficult to maintain the technicalsystems of the tunnel in a safe way.
                    So there is a growing demand for technica systems that are nearly maintenancefree.
                    Industria (NL) and TSS (UK) wish to develop an integrated management-, control-and
                    monotoringsystem for tunneltechnics, using the electrical supply system ofthe
                    mainlighting as backbone.To prepare this project they want to execute a feasibility study
                    and a searchfor partners for this project.

Key Action          GROW-2. Key action: Sustainable mobility and intermodality

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Drs Evert J. E.J. VAN SCHAIK                                              Company size         S4
                    INDUSTRIA TECHNISCHE VERLICHTING BV
                    Rietbaan 10
                    PO Box 8768
                    3009 AT - Rotterdam
                    Cedex 3009 AT
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 310102640164
                    Fax: 310102640166
                    Email: S.Bentem@Industria.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    TECHNICAL SUPPORT & SUPPLIES LTD                              United Kingdom                   S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      73 - Research and development
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
Comments            We are looking for one or more partners who install othertechnical systems in tunnels.
                    The research institute can also be a manufacturer of elec-tronic components.




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01408
Acronym             900 MPA UHP
Proposal title      900 MPa Ultra-High-Pressure Water Jets

Abstract            The goal of the project is to lead the waterjet (WJ) technology to new fields of application
                     by developing a high efficient 900 MPa WJ system. The efficiency of a WJ is mainly
                    depending on the hydraulic energy, the product of volume flow rate and pressure. The
                    industry need tools which create small width of cut with high cutting speed. With high
                    pressure the nozzle diameter can be reduced by higher density of hydraulic energy
                    compared to a state-of-the-art system with 400 MPa. The specific properties of water
                    (liquid-solid transition) and abrasives under ultra-high-pressure will be investigated and
                    solved in this project. Requirements and reliability of pump and components have to be
                    new defined. The fact, that European companies are in minority on the market of WJ
                    cutting, shows the importance of this project. The development of this WJ tool which is
                    able to cut thin metal plates without abrasives will open new markets in Europe and outside
                     of the European Community.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Franz TRIEB                                                             Company size           S4
                    BOHLER HOCHDRUCKTECHNIK GMBH
                    Werk-IV-Strasse
                    PO Box 27
                    8605 - Kapfenberg
                    Austria
                    Phone: 433862303300
                    Fax: 43862303304
                    Email: trieb@bht.kom.at
SME Proposer(s)
                    TAL-LUFTECHNIK GMBH                                         Germany                            S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01411
Acronym             NOTA
Proposal title      Notion of a soft playing piano

Abstract            The sound amplifying by an electronic measuring of the string's oscillation or the complete
                    electronicgeneration of the sound does not lead to a natural sound. (Result from CRAFT
                    BRST-CT98-5250) The objective of this proposal is the development of a new piano
                    action with an individual volumecontrol device for an original sound of a piano. For the
                    realisation, microsystems as dampingsystems are planned to develop to be installed into
                    the piano action to reduce the force of the pianohammer to the string. Because of the
                    reduction of sound pressure level, the bass tones are particularly influenced. Therefore, a
                    softly played piano does not sound balanced over the complete audio range. Restyling the
                    sound management in the piano case can compensate this problem. Here, the use of the
                    sound systems applied in loudspeakers, as e.g. the bass reflex system, is offered. Objective
                    is the development of a piano cabinet that allows approximating the sound of agrand piano
                     on a normal piano.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Rolf IBACH                                                           Company size           S3
                    RUD. IBACH. SOHN GMBH + CO. KG
                    Wilhelmstrasse 43
                    58332 - Schwelm
                    Germany
                    Phone: 49233693930
                    Fax: 492236939393
                    Email: webmaster@ibach.de
                    Internet: http://www.ibach.de
SME Proposer(s)
                    FAKS FORSCHUNGS- UND ENTWICKLUNGS- GMBH Germany                                                S2

                    MEYER FABRYAKA FORTEPIANÓW I PIANIN                          Poland                            S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      20 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of
                     articles of straw and plaiting materials
                    36 - Manufacture of furniture; manufacturing n.e.c.
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
Comments



                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01418
Acronym             CODAB
Proposal title      On-line COntrol of Drawing And Blanking Processand Quality of the product

Abstract            In order to modernize their production tools, the blanking-drawing companies are trying to
                    improve their productibilityby maximizing the automation and the press integration of
                    product control. This project aims to develop hybridindustrial control tools and methods
                    leading to "zero defect". These methods should be used during the drawing andcutting
                    sequence either directly in real time under the press or in hidden time outside of the press,
                    which would result inan instant diagnostic of each part either cut or drawn so as to control
                    the production both unitwise and globally. Wemore specifically refer to two emerging
                    methods: acoustic emission to directly control the products under the press, and
                    computer-aided vision control. The project implies an association of the competencies of
                    laboratories specialized inacoustics and vision, designers and manufacturers of industrial
                    control equipment, and principally industrialists usingbe drawing and cutting process to
                    validate and exploit the results and methods. The Exploratory Award which is of a
                    cooperative nature as it mainly associates small- and medium-size firms allows the
                    implementation of a wide-spanningproject meeting the CRAFT program objectives.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. JEAN-LUC MINSTER                                                     Company size           S4
                    GRIS DÉCOUPAGE S.A.
                    Z.I. DE LESMENILS
                    BP 185
                    54 706 - PONT A MOUSSON
                    France
                    Phone: 0383808019
                    Fax: 0383808020
                    Email: Jean-Luc.minster@gris-decoupage.com
                    Internet: www.gris-decoupage.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    VALLEN - SYSTEME GMBH                                         Germany                           S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments            . Industrialists using the drawing and blanking process. Control equipment manufacturers.
                    Technical centers and university laboratories



                                      Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01433
Acronym             BUILDING WASTE GUIDE
Proposal title      EUROPEAN BUILDING WASTE GUIDE - AVOIDING AND SEPARATING WASTE
                    ON BUILDING SITES BY ORGANISATIONAL AND TECHNICAL MEASURES
                    ADOPTED COOPERATIVELY BY SME'S

Abstract            UNTIL NOW, THE DECENTRALIZED DISPOSAL OF WASTE MATERIALS
                    GENERATED BY INDIVIDUAL SME BUILDING FIRMS HAS REPRESENTED A
                    CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONAL COST IN TERMS OF TIME AND MONEY. DUE TO
                    THE SMALL AMOUNTS OF WASTE PRODUCED BY INDIVIDUAL BUILDING
                    FIRMS AND THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY WASTE
                    MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, WASTE WICH COULD BE RECYCLED IS THROWN
                    AWAY AND VALUABLE DISPOSAL AREA UN-NECESSARILY USED UP. THE
                    RESEARCH PROJECT INCLUDES THE GOAL OF ORGANIZING BUILDING
                    PROCEDURES IN SEVERAL EU STATES IN SUCH A WAY THAT BUILDING IS
                    CARRIED OUT WITHA MINIMUM OF WASTE PRODUCTION AND WITH AN
                    EMPHASIS ON RECYCLING. A SYSTEM OFSTANDARDIZED WASTE INDEXES IS
                    TO BE DETERMINED AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE
                    ASTE MANAGEMENT ARE DEVELOPED. THE DISSEMINATION OF THE RESULTS
                    IS TO TAKE PLACE BY WAY OF A EUROPEAN BUILDING WASTE GUIDE, WHICH
                     WILL MAKE THE PRODUCTION OF WASTE TRANSPARENT FROM THE
                    PLANNING STAGE TO THE ACTUAL REALISATIONOF BUILDING PROJECTS.

Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date   20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator     MATTHIAS ROSS                                  Company size S4
                    KIRCHBAUHOF GEMEINNUETZIGE BESCHAEFTIGUNGS- UND QUALIFIZIERUNGS-
                    GESSELSCHAFT MBH
                    FALCKENSTEINSTRASSE 49
                    10997 - BERLIN
                    Germany
                    Phone: 49306177620
                    Fax: 49306113435
                    Email: MROSS@KIRCHBAUHOF.DE
                    Internet: WWW.KIRCHBAUHOF.DE
SME Proposer(s)
                    CONSUR S.C.A. (ANDALUSIAN CO-OPERATIVE                        Spain                    S4
                    SOCIETY)

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      45 - Construction
                    90 - Sewage and refuse disposal, sanitation and similar activities
Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01448
Acronym              SEISMIC FUSES
 Proposal title      "Seismic Fuse" - Components for Reinforced Concrete Structures in Earthquake
                     Prone Regions

 Abstract            A low cost method of reducing the impact of earthquakes on reinforced concrete structures
                      has been developed and is subject to international patent protection. This involves the use
                      of inserts of known ductility and yield strength fitted between reinforcing bar sections
                     using mechanical full strength threaded couplers. Limited experimentation has
                     demonstrated the effectiveness of the concept. However, much experimental and
                     computational work is needed to provide a comprehensive guide to the application of the
                     invention in the design and engineering of structures. A series of tests with concrete
                     frames using shaking tables is required together with extensive computation/modelling to
                     cover sufficient cases. Such experimental and modelling work will simulate real earthquake
                     conditions as closely as possible. The invention enables the European codes of practice for
                      seismmic design to be implemented at low cost and therefore has very large potential
                     social and economic impact.

 Key Action          GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

 Start date          11/12/2000                                                           End date       11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator      DR Michael David HANCOCK                                                Company size           S2
                     DEE ASSOCIATES (BUSINESS CONSULTANTS) LIMITED
                     4 Chantry Court, Sovereign Way
                     CH1 4QN - CHESTER
                     United Kingdom
                     Phone: 441244394219
                     Fax: 441244394214
                     Email: mike@dee-associates.com
                     Internet: www.dee-associates.com
 SME Proposer(s)
                     CRISBAR SRL                                                 Italy                              S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      45 - Construction
                     73 - Research and development
 Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                                Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01476
Acronym              ANTISEISMIC STIRRUPS
 Proposal title      New industrial spiral stirrups in concrete reinforcement,providing better
                     antiseismic behaviour of buildings andconstructions. Optimisation and
                     Industrialisation.

 Abstract            A new type of industrial stirrup in concrete reinforcement is developed and laboratory
                     tests have already proved its superiority during strong earthquakes. Main objectives of this
                     project, will be the industrialisation of the manufacturing process, as well as the
                     optimisation, experimental verification and validation of the proposed concept. Besides,
                      alternative materials (FRPs) and different designs will be evaluated. The role of stirrups
                     for the antiseismic strength of buildings is crucial, sincethey protect the concrete from
                     expanding and fragmentising and the rebars of the reinforcement from buckling and
                     collapsing, what is proved to be the main failure mechanism of buildings during
                     earthquakes. The developed stirrups are manufactured from a continuous wire, form
                     consecutive windings along its longitudinal direction and house the rebars, with a pitch that
                      may be uniform or variable. Because of their spiral continuous form, the axial load
                     carried by the stirrups may continuously transmitted with no interruption across its length.

 Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                     production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                     in the steel field

 Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator      Dipl. Eng. Gregory ALATIS                                                Company size           S3
                     THORAX ANTISEISMIKI S.A.
                     Stournari 57
                     104 32 - Athens
                     Greece
                     Phone: 3019602457
                     Fax: 3019602457
                     Email: alatis@mail.kapatel.gr
 SME Proposer(s)
                     BETA SYSTEMS SRL                                             Italy                              S3

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      45 - Construction
                     26 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
                     25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
                     33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
 Comments


                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01494
Acronym             CHIEF
 Proposal title     CLADDING OF HASTELLOY FOR INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING FLANGES
(CHIEF)

 Abstract           The laser cladding of stainless steel with Hastelloy in order that critical exposed areas
                    achieve the samecorrosion performance as solid Hastelloy would dramatically reduce the
                    consumption of the alloy in theproduction of flanges for chemical vessels and pipework
                    systems with important consequences for theusage level of the strategic elements required.
                    At the sametime a cost reduction of up to 200% perflange would be produced by
                    minimisation of Hastelloy usage and this would lead to increasedcompetitiveness for the
                    manufacture of such components.Research is proposed into the process optimisation of
                    laser cladding of Hastelloy in powder form ontostainless steel flanges and weld necks. The
                    main deliverable to be produced from this project is atested demonstration system for laser
                     cladding in this system. This technology can be exploited forthe production of flanges
                    with a wide range of sizes for use in manufacture of chemical processingplant.

 Key Action         GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

 Start date         20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR CHRISTOPHER GILMARTIN                                                Company size          S4
                    GILWOOD (FABRICATORS) COMPANY LIMITED
                    BRADSHAW STREET
                    OL10 1PL - HEYWOOD, LANCASHIRE
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441706360551
                    Fax: 441706625666
                    Email: chris@gilwood.co.uk
                    Internet: www.gilwood.co.uk
 SME Proposer(s)
                    NAIXUS LASERTECHNIK GMBH                                    Germany                           S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                              Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01504
Acronym             THERMAL CONCRETE
Proposal title      CHARACTERISATION OF THERMAL DELAY OF LIGHT CONCRETE BLOCKS
                    MADE ON EXPANDED CLAY

Abstract            The project proposes the characterisation of thermal delay of light concrete blocks made on
                     expanded clay in order to improvethe characteristics of construction blocks from three
                    main points of view. BUILDING MATERIAL: the development of improved building
                    materials by testingdifferent granulometries and agglomeration processdesign dimensions
                    of blocksBUILDING MATERIALS STANDARDISATION: the standardisation of the
                    thermal delay of light concrete materials by comparingunder standard conditions.
                    ENVIRONMENTAL: the use of a material allowingImprovement of energy requirements
                    in buildingUse environmental friendly materialsReduction of plastics in building as
                    insulation materialsMain Factors affecting Temperature Delay are:-> Characteristics of
                    the material employed in the manufacture of the blocks-> Structural dimensions of the
                    block, i.e. thickness, structural hollows, forms and dimensions.The design of the blocks as
                    well as the materials employed are of fundamental importance in order to obtain an as higher
                    temperature delay as possible but using a single material and isolation layer.

Key Action          GROW-5. RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for
                    production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies
                    in the steel field

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date     20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 7 months

SME Coordinator     ANTONIO PALERM                                                          Company size       S3
                    PALERM S.A.
                    CR. PORRERES-CAMPOS KM. 1.4
                    07260 - PORRERES(ILLES BALEARS)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34971647364
                    Fax: 34971647713
                    Email: palerm@palerm.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    PAVILLECA, PAVIMENTOS E BLOCOS, S.A.                       Portugal                        S4




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                                               Competitive and Sustainable Growth
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01540
Acronym             HATS
Proposal title     HYBRID ACTUATOR TESTING SYSTEM

Abstract           All transportation systems , including aircraft, suffer from fatigue failures. To ensure that
                   components and systems reach their target life times durability testing is carried out. The
                   generation of very high forcing levels required, at both low and high frequencies currently
                   requires complex and expensive equipment. The choices open to a company needing to
                   test is between; electromagnetic shakers and servo hydraulic actuators. In both cases the
                   costs involved are high and more importantly the performances are always compromised.
                   The impact on the environment through the use of these systems is typically high as they
                   invariably use large electronic amplifiers or hydraulic plant that consumes 100's of kW of
                   power. The HATS system will use the SMART material TERFENOL-D to produce a
                   composite actuator . The actuator will comprise a low frequency hydraulic ram and high
                   frequency Magnetstrictive force actuator aligned in series.

Key Action         GROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date         20/12/2000                                                             End date       20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration             Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator    Mr. ALAN BENNETTS                                                         Company size          S2
                   BAY SYSTEMS LTD.
                   CRYSNAL HOUSE, MAIN ROAD, WESTHAY
                   BA6 9TN - GLASTONBURY, SOMERSET,
                   United Kingdom
                   Phone: 441458860393
                   Fax: 441458860693
                   Email: ALANBENNETTS@COMPUSERVE.COM
SME Proposer(s)
                   TESIS-SOFTWARE                                                Belgium                           S1




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-00859
Acronym             COOLTAINER
Proposal title     DEVELOPMENT OF A MOBILE SOLAR-DRIVEN REFRIGERATED CONTAINER
                   FOR RURAL AREAS

Abstract           In countries with a high level of sunshine there is a considerable demand for cold supply.
                   Statistics have shownthat in sough Europe nearly 10% of fresh food become worse in
                   quality due to the lack of sufficient refrigeration.This concerns in particular structurally
                   weak rural areas in Southern Europe (Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc.) whichrepresent about
                   2/3 of the total territory in these regions. The main problems in these thinly populated
                   areas are often the logistics and the lack of infrastructure. Against this background there is
                    a majour demand for new andinnovative solutions for decentralised and combined cooling
                   processes. Solar refrigeration plants are ideal for keeping foodstuffs fresh, since the solar
                   radiation which "causes" the need for refrigeration is available in sufficient quantities. The
                    COOLTAINER proposed here can be used for different applications such, for exampleas
                   the storage of fresh fish, meat and vegetables and also of medicine. Prior to the project, the
                   possibility ofapplication on a large scale was tested by means of some basic system-related
                   laboratory trials and the resultswere positive. The objective is to develop further and
                   optimise the COOLTAINER in the framework of a researchproject so that upon
                   completion an experimental plant is available which demonstrates considerable advantages
                   with regard to economy in compar

Key Action         EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

Start date         6/07/2000                                                              End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration             Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator    Theo VAN BAKKUM                                                           Company size           S2
                   CRYCLE CRYOGENIC DEVELOPMENT NV
                   PO Box 4056
                   2003 EB - Haarlem, NH
                   The Netherlands
                   Phone: 0031653244839
                   Fax: 0031235361194
                   Email: vanbakkum@crycle.nl
                   Internet: http://www.crycle.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                   COOLINGTEC INDUSTRIES (1993) LTD.                             Israel                             S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas
Comments           There have alreday additional partners been asked to participate andsome have agreed to
                   join the project in phase 2. Anyhow it's anticpatedto identify additional partners with the
                   aid of the IRC network sponseredby the EC




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00861
Acronym              WINDCONTROL
 Proposal title      DESIGN OF NEW CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEMS FOR WIND
                     TURBINES

 Abstract            The main objective of the project will be to design, develop and test new cost-effective
                     control system components to be integrated in wind turbines of more than 1 MW of
                     power. These new components and its specific objectives will be: . To design a new
                     medium voltage (>=6,000 volt) synchronous generator, together with its frequency control
                     system for 50 Hz . To design an advanced control algorithm that will act over the blade
                     pitch and over the main shaft, in order to reduce mechanical and fatigue loads induced in
                     all of the components of the wind turbine. . To establish a methodology of data acquisition
                      for monitoring the real performance achieved in the machines and for the improvements
                      achieved in load reduction and quality of the generated electricity

 Key Action          EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date          6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator      MR GREGORIO RIVAS                                                       Company size          S3
                     INGETEAM, S.A.
                     PINTOR MAEZTU, 2-1° IZDA
                     31008 - PAMPLONA
                     Spain
                     Phone: 34948175633
                     Fax: 34948175635
 SME Proposer(s)
                     GARRAD HASSAN AND PARTNERS LTD                              United Kingdom                    S3

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply
                     29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
 Comments            40: Electricity generation and operation utilities29: Manufacturers of machinery and
                     equipment for wind energy generation




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00879
Acronym              FM-DC-Hard-Anodizing
Proposal title      Introduction of a new Energy- and Timesaving FM-DC-Hard-Anodizing-Process
                    for Al-Cu-alloys : Requirements and field demonstration test in selected
                    Industrial Applications

Abstract            To save energy in both production and use of the final products, steel based material will
                    be more and more substituted by light but extremely firm material like outstanding
                    Al-Cu-alloys. Mostly these alloys need a specified surface to resist e.g. against abrasion.
                    Conventional anodizing processes are not suited for these alloys. The SME proposer
                    (supporter for considerably different industrial end-users) is about to develop a
                    hard-anodizing process for Al-Cu-alloys which saves appr. 70 % of the energy needed
                    compared with conventional technologies. The closed-to-market project aims are: analysis
                     of the requirements in different industrial areas/countries, construction of 5 test units and
                    demonstration tests of the multi-sectoral technology in selected countries with embedding
                    of experts for standardisation, norms, regulations and political incentives. Finally
                    countries are enabled to take part in the global market (e.g. automotive) even with lower
                    job qualification.

Key Action          EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Demonstration Project                       Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Frank FISCHER                                                         Company size           S2
                    FISCHER OBERFLAECHENTECHNIK GmbH
                    Wullener Feld 15
                    58454 - Witten
                    Germany
                    Phone: 492302963506
                    Fax: 492302963512
                    Email: fischer@fot.de
                    Internet: www.fot.de
SME Proposer(s)
                    CAMPRODUKT B.V.                                                The Netherlands                   S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
                    33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
Comments            Potential participants are engaged in surfaceing Al-alloys by anodizing for different
                    applications in the above NACE-divisions



                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00936
Acronym             AHEF
Proposal title      Advanced Heat Exchanger for In-house Heating

Abstract            Modern housing construction still shows a lack of energy efficiency. A number of measures
                    will show together an improvement of at least 44%. However, the needed investments are
                    not always cost-effective. This is the reason, that for example real estate developers and
                    housing associations still reduce investments to a minimum amount. The investments are
                    most often restricted to roof-isolation, high efficiency central heating boilers or high
                    efficiency windows. However, a very easy, cheap and straightforward method to save
                    energy, is by recovering the heat out of the waste gas of both the central heating boiler as
                    the waste gas of the house as well again for in-house heating. The result of this project
                    will be a straightforward, highly innovative instrument that will improve the quality of
                    in-home living combined with the efficient use of natural resources. The proposed
                    instrument will be highly reliable, cost effective, safe and environmentally friendly.
                    This multidisciplinary project combines physics, electronics, computer calculating,
                    mechanical engineering, materials engineering and production techniques.

Key Action          EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Arnold OTTEN                                                        Company size           S3
                    SWENTIBOLD PLAATBEWERKING BV
                    Maaseikerweg 5
                    6114 JN - Susteren
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 0031464493004
                    Fax: 0031464491980
SME Proposer(s)
                    OTTEN GMBH                                                  Germany                            S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00954
Acronym             ABSOLAIR
Proposal title      AIR-COOLED, SOLAR (GAS) -DRIVEN NH3-H2O ABSORPTION SYSTEM FOR
                    AIR CONDITIONING AND OTHER COOLING APPLICATIONS USING A
                    COMPOUND PARABOLIC COLLECTOR

Abstract            Air-conditioning is the dominating energy consuming service in buildings in many
                    countries. In many regions in Europe the demand for cooling and dehumidification of
                    indoor air is growing due to increasing cooling loads. Conventional cooling technologies
                    exhibit several clear disadvantages: their operation demands a high energy consumption;
                    they cause high electricity peak loads; they significantly contribute to the Greenhouse
                    effect (induced CO2 emissions resulting from the production of electricity) and they
                    generally employ refrigerants that have several negative environmental impacts (global
                    warming, ozone depletion).This project addresses these problems by development and
                    integration of the necessary technologies for utilisat:ion of solar energy for air
                    conditioning of buildings. The industrial target is to develop and demonstrate a new
                    air-cooled solar-driven NH3-H20 absorption system for air-conditioning and other cooling
                     applications, with a capacity of 10 - 50 kW, using a compound parabolic collector and a
                     gas-driven back-up system.

Key Action          EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date    20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Andre E. HAGENDIJK                                                 Company size        S1
                    CEERAN LTD.
                    Oudstraat 62
                    7425 EG - Deventer
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31570653554
                    Fax: 31570653554
                    Email: ceeran@yahoo.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    AO SOL, ENERGIAS RENOVAVEIS, LDA.                         Portugal                         S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments            Manufacturer of air-conditioning equipment




                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-00962
Acronym             Modern heating
Proposal title     Investigation of the possibilities and development of a modelfor reconstruction
                   of heating systems in small towns andvillages. Pilot project in couties of
                   East-and West-Virumaa

Abstract           The goal of the project is to work out the program of reconstruction the heating systems
                   in all region of North-East Estonia, with modern technolo-gies of :f'iring the fuel and
                   modern equipment. Special attention will be paid for working out and implementation of
                   new technologies of using the local fuels, among them fuel oil, which is unique resource
                   in all Europe, and which is exported to a number of European states. Implementation of
                   the program of reconstruction, is allowing to elevate the effectiveness of combustion the
                   fuels in Estonia and in the other Euro-pean states, which are using the Estonian fuel oil,
                   reduce the cost of heating , increase the level of life-comfort , decrease the pollution in Es
                   tonia and in other European countries.

Key Action         EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

Start date         6/07/2000                                                               End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration             Duration Exploratory Phase 11 months

SME Coordinator    Dipl. Eng. Vladimir SIDORKIN                                               Company size          S2
                   ENTEH ENGINEERING LTD
                   Elektriku 3
                   30328 - Kohtla-Järve
                   Estonia
                   Phone: 3723373349
                   Fax: 3723373349
                   Email: enteh@estpak.ee
SME Proposer(s)
                   BAEHR GMBH                                                     Germany                           S3
                   FRENCH-LITHUANIAN JOINT STOCK COMPANY                          Lithuania                         S2
                   "EKSERGIJA"

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply
                   73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00968
Acronym             (AUTOFOR)
Proposal title      Automatic Recording of Foraging Behaviour as a Tool for Habitat and Species
                    Conservation

Abstract            The proposal addresses the effect of free ranging herbivores on plant biodiversityThe
                    aim is to develop an animal mounted camera and intelligent sensing system torecord the
                    nature and quantity of food plants ingested by free ranging herbivores.The objectives are
                    to: (i) monitor herbivore grazing activity(ii) provide information about the impact of
                    herbivores on plant biodiversity(iii) make temporal and spatial measurements of foraging
                    activity(iv) provide insights into reproductive and social behaviour, territoriality,
                    vocalisation and interspecies contact.Prototype systems will be subject to performance
                    tests/customer acceptance trials.

Key Action          EESD-2. Key action Global Change, Climate and Biodiversity

Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Vincent LYNCH                                                       Company size         S2
                    SALFORD ELECTRONIC CONSULTANTS LTD
                    Technology HouseLissadel Street
                    M6 6AP - Salford
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441612782586
                    Fax: 441612782701
                    Email: VINCENT@SECLTD.DEMON.CO.UK
SME Proposer(s)
                    IMF TECHNOLOGY GMBH                                         Germany                         S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      32 - Manufacture of radio, television and communication equipment and apparatus
                    33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
                    1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments


                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                             Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                    Exploratory Award
                              Proposal number EXAW-1999-00982
Acronym              BILAPS
 Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF THE BIPOLAR LEAD ACID POWER SOURCE FOR HYBRID
                     ELECTRIC VEHICLES

 Abstract            The Hybrid Electric Vehicle market is emerging. All hybrid vehicles, including fuel cell
                     powered vehicles, need an energy storage system in order to facilitate regenerative
                     breaking and peak power shaving. The Bipolar Lead Acid Power Source (BILAPS), that
                     will be developed in the proposed project, offers the perspective of indeed being able to
                     meet the severe requirements for this application. The BILAPS is based on the common
                     SLI lead acid battery, that offers high power at low cost. In enabling HEV's to be built that
                     operate at very high energy efficiencies, combined with the efficient charge and discharge
                     characteristics of the BILAPS, this will greatly contribute to meeting the Kyoto
                     Agreements. It is expected that next to the HEV market, the BILAPS will also serve in the
                      UPS market , the SLI market and the traction battery (BEV) market. The BILAPS will be
                     developed by the in the proposal mentioned SME 's, thus gaining access to the increasing
                     market of high power batteries.

 Key Action          EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)         Duration Exploratory Phase 10 months

SME Coordinator      Mr. A.J.D. ROVERS                                                         Company size          S4
                     CENTURION ACCUMULATOREN B.V.
                     MOLENSINGEL 17
                     PO Box 197
                     5900AD - VENLO
                     The Netherlands
                     Phone: 31775311741
                     Fax: 31773517072
                     Email: ROVERS@CENTURION-AKKU.NL
 SME Proposer(s)
                     R.B.C.                                                        France                            S2

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
                     25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
                     28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
 Comments            Partners sought with relevant experience in smart battery cooling and/or sealing and
                     housing technology.



                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01038
Acronym             IWRS
Proposal title      The Development of an Integrated Waste Recycling System

Abstract            Municipal solid waste within the European Union presents a formidable problem,with over
                    200M tonnes of waste being produced annually and requiring treatment.The work proposed
                     by the Consortium of SMEs in this project is aimed at providinga viable alternative to
                    landfill and incineration for a significant percentage ofmunicipal solid waste through the
                    development of an Integrated Waste RecyclingSystem (IWRS). The IWRS will have the
                    capability to handle unsorted municipalsolid waste. It is designed around several pieces of
                    equipment that arecommercially available, and whose performance as stand-alone items of
                    plant iswell characterised. The innovation of the approach proposed is through the
                    integration of the equipment and processes, to produce a stand-alonewaste-processing
                    system capable of dealing with a range of municipal solid wastes.The IWRS is designed to
                    yield products that are marketable commodities, and whichwould add value to the waste
                    feedstock.

Key Action          EESD-4. Key action City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Leonard COLE                                                        Company size           S2
                    ENVIROCARE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LTD
                    Beech House, 22 Greenslade RoadPark Hall
                    WS5 3QH - South Walsall
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 4401922622042
                    Fax: 4401922615200
                    Email: envirocare@dial.pipex.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    ENVIRECO ADVANCED ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS                        Greece                            S3
                    LIMITED




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                             Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01050
Acronym              CAST
 Proposal title      City Analysis Simulation Tool

 Abstract            Cities of the futur -are in fact cites of today, but 50 or more years later. Inherent problems
                      of individual cities of today are likely to create even bigger problems in the future.
                     However, careful planning of various aspects of the development of a city is likely to
                     produce a better controlled development and a more efficient city of the future. To help
                     this careful planning, we propose the development of a process and software tools for
                     analysis and simulation of cities into the future - a City Analysis Simulation Tool (CAST).
                     CAST will be based on Virtual Reality technology and Complexity Theory, to enable
                     decision making for sustainable City development, based on a long term simulation of
                     complex behaviour and interactive visualisation of the simulacion, of cities. The results of
                     the project will comprise a new model for the sustainable development of European
                     cities.

 Key Action          EESD-4. Key action City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                                End date       6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)         Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Dr Lubo JANKOVIC                                                           Company size          S2
                     INTESYS LTD
                     Birmingham Research Park Vincent Drive, Edgbaston
                     B15 2SQ - Birmingham
                     United Kingdom
                     Phone: 441214727667
                     Fax: 44374595561
                     Email: jankovic@invirtuo.com
                     Internet: ww.invirtuo.com
 SME Proposer(s)
                     CENTRO PARA A CONSERÇÃO DE ENERGIA                            Portugal                           S3




                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01051
Acronym             Fate Waste CHP Process
Proposal title      Development of a CHP Process Using Grease And Oil Waste From Plants And
                    Animals

Abstract            After the dioxin scandal of contaminated chicken from Belgium, the market for the use of
                    these oils for animal food purpose has cracked down. The collectors in EU of used oils
                    actually search valorisation strategies, which are ecologically and economically acceptable.
                     Sud Récupération and AMS wish to develop a new process recycling this waste using the
                    AMS motor technology. Contrary to other technologies, these motors use unrefined plant
                    oils without previous chemical conversion at high eco-efficiency. The Potential is about
                    1.9 million t of replaced refined fuel. The 2 project partners want to associate other SME
                    to this project. There will be 2700 jobs created in EU. The process contributes to 5.2 %
                    to respect the Kyoto protocol against the greenhouse effect. The project uses the CHP
                    technology on small installations. The motor constructor AMS wishes to find a new
                    combustible, which will help to distribute them also to burn fresh vegetable oil for further
                    reduction of CO2 emissions.

Key Action          EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mrs. Michèle MARTIN                                                      Company size          S3
                    SUD RÉCUPÉRATION SARL
                    15, chemin de Labarthe
                    31600 - Labastidette
                    France
                    Phone: 3361561429
                    Fax: 3362230700
                    Email: Sud-Recuperation@wanadoo.fr
SME Proposer(s)
                    AMS ANTRIEBS- UND MASCHINENTECHNIK GMBH Germany                                                S3
                    SCHOENEBECK

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      37 - Recycling
                    15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    41 - Collection, purification and distribution of water
                    73 - Research and development
Comments            - grease or fat related industrie- RDT and engineering performer in grease and fat refining


                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01079
Acronym             HAUS - Energie
Proposal title     Small-scale total energy systems powered by biomass and wastes

Abstract           Application is made for assistance in preparing a Step 2 proposal aimed at developing
                   small-scale 'total' energy generation systems for European markets by 2005. The target
                   development will exploit advances in gas conditioning, filtration and electro-chemistry to
                   generate 'high-grade' energy, in the form of medium CV gas and electricity, from renewable
                    carbohydrate feedstock (energy crops and agricultural wastes) and from selected domestic
                   and commercial wastes. The main novel features of these generators, to be demonstrated
                   during Step 2, are: 1. independently controllable generation rates for the main products so
                    that arbitrarily variable demands for both can be met (up to the maximum capacity for
                   each separately); 2. the elimination of all major moving parts; 3. generation
                   efficiencies of over 50% for electricity and over 90% for medium CV gas, these
                   efficiencies rising as load decreases. The final commercial package will be competitive with
                    fossil-fired equivalents.

Key Action         EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

Start date         6/07/2000                                                           End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration            Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator    Dr. James GIBB                                                         Company size        S1
                   PROGRESSIVE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LTD.
                   Pennington House,Lower Woodside
                   SO41 8AA - Lymington
                   United Kingdom
                   Phone: 441590670483
                   Fax: 441590676919
                   Email: jim@pentec.demon.co.uk
SME Proposer(s)
                   PLANUNGSGRUPPE ENERGIE UND TECHNIK -                        Germany                        S2
                   NOTTEBAUM & PARTNER GBR

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     23 - Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
                   73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                   2 - Forestry, logging and related service activities
                   40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply
Comments           Collaboration is sought in two main technical areas:1. air refinement technology; and2.
                    gas conditioning technology for stationary fuel cellapplications.



                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01170
Acronym             JETCUT
 Proposal title     REMOTELY OPERATED CUTTING SYSTEM FOR SUBSEA OIL WELLS AND
PILES
                    ON OFFSHORE PLATFORMS

 Abstract           Over 4000 offshore oil wells have been drilled so far in the development of Europe's
                    offshore oil and gas reserves. The bore of each well is lined with several steel tubes, called
                    "casing", inside each other. The gap between each casing is filled with cement, or drilling
                    fluids. These oil wells must eventually be removed to make the seabed safe for fishing. The
                     traditional method of doing this is to cut the casing with explosives several metres below
                    the seabed. This now presents problems because of the safety regulations for use of
                    explosives offshore. It can also disturb mounds of toxic materials on the seabed around the
                    oil well that were deposited during drilling. There are similar problems with cutting piles on
                    offshore platforms. Our project will overcome these problems by developing and testing a
                    new high pressure abrasive water jet cutting system for oil well removal. Until now this has
                     not been feasible for cutting oil wells because the gaps containing fluids prevent a single
                    cut through all the tubes. Our system will include a special nozzle for injecting gas into the
                    gaps permitting the cutting jet to cross gaps and continue the cut through several layers of
                    steel and cement.

 Key Action         EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

 Start date         6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator     MR DAVID DENT                                                            Company size        S3
                    CIRCLE TECHNICAL SERVICES LTD
                    15/16 WOODLANDS DRIVE
                    AB21 0GW - ABERDEEN
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441224775222
                    Fax: 441224775333
                    Email: DDENT@CIRCLETECH.CO.UK
                    Internet: HTTP://WWW.CIRCLETECH.CO.UK
 SME Proposer(s)
                    CM INGEGNERIA SRL                                            Italy                           S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01179
Acronym             BIOWASTES
Proposal title      Ecological treatment of biowastes to biofuel

Abstract            The presented project is intend on the material utilisation of biowastes, particularly the
                    wastes from municipal sphere and from the food - processing, chemical and pharmaceutical
                     industry, particularly the sludge the properties of which do not correspondent to the
                    possibility of their use in agriculture. The basic principle of the biofuel production from
                    the waste sludge and other biowastes consists in the creation of the optimum conditions for
                     the short - term aerobic fermentation of the mixture of dewatered sludge with solid
                    biowastes, with its help in comes to the desodorisation simultaneously with higher water
                    evaporation and the fermented mixture can consequently be dessicated on the drier without
                     air contamination. The development of cogeneration pilot plant for the electric and
                    thermal energy production by the use of biofuel with a view to the housebuilding and
                    industrial buildings.

Key Action          EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dipl. Landwirt Steffen RICHTER                                         Company size           S3
                    AGRAR UND SERVICE GMBH MUTZSCHEN
                    Bahnhofstrasse 69 A
                    04688 - 04688 Mutzschen
                    Germany
                    Phone: 493438551435
                    Fax: 493438551302
SME Proposer(s)
                    AGRO-EKO                                                    Czech Republic                    S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments            We are searching for partners in the following fields of activity: - enviromentel
                    engeneering and waste treatment. - biotechnology and microbiology- builders of plants
                    and apparatus



                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                        Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                 Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01207
Acronym             CLEAN SQUEEZING
Proposal title      A NEW TREATMENT FOR ACID WATERS DERIVING FROM OLIVE SQUEEZING

Abstract            THE RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMITTED AIMS TO DEVELOP A NEW TREATMENT
                    WHICH EXPLOITS BIOLOGICAL AND CHIMICAL METHODS, AS WELL AS
                    ELECTROCHIMICAL OXIDIZATION PROCESS IN ORDER TO AVOID DAMAGES
                    DERIVING FROM THE SHEDDING ON LAND AND SEA OF THE ACID WATERS
                    DERIVING FROM OLIVE SQUEEZING. THE PROPOSAL WILL COMBINE THE
                    FOLLOWING THREE TREATMENTS: N.1 MILLS ACID WATERS WILL BE
                    TREATED AND RECICLED BY BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL METHODS N.2
                    INERTIZATION OF THE TREATED WATERS N.3 ELECTROCHIMICAL
                    OXIDIZATION AND WASTE DISPOSAL AT THE END OF EACH PHASE, THERE
                    WILL BE A CHECK ABOUT THE RESULT OF THE TREATMENT. THE THREE
                    METHODS WILL ALLOW TO ELIMINATE WASTES AND CREATE RECYCLED RAW
                    MATERIALS. THIS METHOD WILL ALLOW TO REACH THE FOLLOWING
                    OBJECTIVES: - ELIMINATE OIL MILLS WASTE WATERS WHICH BURNS
                    VEGETATIONS AND KILL SEA LIFE - PRODUCE ORGANIC MATERIALS AND GAS
                    WHICH COULD BE USED IN OTHER INDUSTRIES - REDUCE THE COST OF
                    AGRICULTURAL WASTE DISPOSAL IN TERMS OF MONEY AND TIME SPENT

Key Action          EESD-1. Key action Sustainable Management and Quality of Water

Start date          20/12/2000                                                    End date   20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)           Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     DIPLOMATO SERGIO SALA                             Company size S2
                    CONSITEC - CONSORZIO DI INTERSCAMBIO TECNOLOGICO E COMMERCIALE
                    V. PAPA GIOVANNI XXIII. N. 49
                    20090 - RODANO (MILANO)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00390295328257
                    Fax: 00390295328321
                    Email: consitec@consitec.com
                    Internet: WWW.CONSITEC.COM
SME Proposer(s)
                    PERTEGAZ SL                                           Spain                      S3




                                    Last update    18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01211
Acronym             SFH
Proposal title     SLUDGE FOR HEAT

Abstract           The aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology foran
                   environmentally acceptable system to dispose of sewage sludge produced atmunicipal waste
                    water treatment plants, particularly those serving medium to largetowns - 10, 000-60,
                   000 inhagitants. Current incineration technology is too costlyat the size necessary for the
                    throughput from towns of such size. This situationis found throughout the EU but is
                   particularly true in countries of central andeastern Europe where the large number and
                   geographical distribution of medium tolarge towns means that collection and centralised
                   disposal methods necessary forcentralised incineration are prohibitively expensive. The
                   project will include asurvey of the arisings of sewage sludge to determine the likely market.
                   Small-scale fluidised bed combustion as proposed in this project can provide acost
                   effective solution for the disposal of sewage sludge at this scale, make useof the calorific
                   content of the sludge by providing useful energy for local heating purposes, increasing the
                   economic viability of installations and reducingthe combustion of fossil fuels.

Key Action         EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

Start date         1/05/2001                                                             End date        1/05/2002

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration            Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator    Mr. SIMON BURGESS                                                       Company size        S2
                   ENERGY TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION LTD
                   BOX 11 ROYAL STUART WORKSHOPS, ADELAIDE PLACE
                   CF10 6BR - CARDIFF
                   United Kingdom
                   Phone: 442920464141
                   Fax: 442920464500
                   Email: etp_ltd@compuserve.com
SME Proposer(s)
                   ABM SOLID S.A.                                               Poland                         S4

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                   73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                   41 - Collection, purification and distribution of water
                   40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply
Comments


                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01220
Acronym             BELNIT-WAT
Proposal title     Development of a new column biological reactor for the elimination of nitrate and
                   ammonia from supply water and wastewater.

Abstract           The main objective of the project is the development and design of a sate-of-art compact
                   installation for the removal of nitrogen (ammonia and nitrate) from water, based upon
                   biological well know nitrification-denitrification processes, easy to use and cost effective,
                   to be tested in the specific case fish-farming (aquiculture) or pig livestock farms.The
                   project involves a column/filter reactor design step (development of new solid bacterial
                   supports), and a selection/optimization of bacterial strains suitable for the
                   nitrification/denitrification operation.

Key Action         EESD-1. Key action Sustainable Management and Quality of Water

Start date         20/12/2000                                                             End date        20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration             Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator    ENG. Francisco CAROL-FLOS                                                 Company size          S3
                   GENTIANA, S.L.
                   Via Augusta, n°13-15
                   08006
                   Spain
                   Phone: 34932183833
                   Fax: 34934150856
SME Proposer(s)
                   CLEVELAND BIOTECH LIMITED                                     United Kingdom                    S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     74 - Other business activities
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01241
Acronym             U.A.S.B.-MEDITER.
Proposal title     U.A.S.B. anaerobic technology for low cost andsustainable wastewater treatment
                   and re-use inMediterranean towns and villages.

Abstract           Implementation and evaluation (2 years of R & D) of threedemonstration U.A.S.B
                   (anaerobic) WasteWater Treatment Plants(W.W.T.P.) in small towns of Mediterranean
                   Area, to intro-duce this typical "tropical" technology in the Region to reduceinvestment
                    and O & M costs. Linked R & D with similar demonstra-tion plants in Latin America.
                   Commercialization of the by-products (biogas/sludge/treated water) to support organic
                   agriculture, to favors neighbours and to transform a W.W.T.P.into a tool for local
                   sustainable development.

Key Action         EESD-1. Key action Sustainable Management and Quality of Water

Start date         20/12/2000                                                           End date       20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration            Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator    Ing. PHILIPPE CONIL                                                     Company size       S3
                   BIOTEC INTERNATIONAL S.C.
                   AV. DES PINSONS 35
                   1410 - WATERLOO
                   Belgium
                   Phone: 3223540076
                   Fax: 3223540076
                   Email: biotec@bio-tec.net
                   Internet: www.bio-tec.net
SME Proposer(s)
                   ARIA                                                        France                         S2
                   ENERGIE DEVELOPPEMENT ENVIRONNEMENT                         France                         S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     90 - Sewage and refuse disposal, sanitation and similar activities
                   73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                   1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                   45 - Construction
Comments           We need partners involved in wastewater treatment inthe Med. Region, in R & D in
                   sciences and engineering,in agriculture and local development. Constructioncompanies are
                    wellcome for works and marketing.



                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                 Exploratory Award
                          Proposal number EXAW-1999-01341
Acronym             SENS-IT
Proposal title     Development of a low-cost permanently installed microelectronic monitoring
                   system for process plant

Abstract           Leading international industries and safety organisations have indicated a needfor the
                   improvement and utilisation of permanently installed monitoring systems todetect signs of
                    damage and its progression within plant. It is the aim of theproject to supply a central
                   control room with information from sensors to monitorstructural integrity and therefore
                   maintain containment. To detect early signs ofthis damage would reduce the potential for
                   unplanned downtime, repair, andenvironmental pollution. This project aims to develop
                   innovative and improvedtechniques in permanent sensing technology. Relevant
                   technology advances couldinclude new materials, new sensing techniques, microelectronics,
                    sensor dataprocessing, and use of global communication methods. The Small Electronics
                   NetworkSensor Integrity Tool (SENS-IT) is proposed to be the solution. It is proposed to
                   be modular in form, the sensor module, the processing/ temporary storage module,and
                   the communication module.

Key Action         EESD-2. Key action Global Change, Climate and Biodiversity

Start date         20/11/2000                                                         End date      20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration           Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator    Dr George WATSON                                                     Company size       S3
                   CORROCEAN
                   5, Burnbank Business Units, Souterhead Road
                   AB12 3LF - Aberdeen
                   United Kingdom
                   Phone: 00441224898282
                   Fax: 00441224898202
                   Email: george@corrocean.co.uk
SME Proposer(s)
                   OFFTEK AS                                                 Norway                        S2




                                    Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01436
Acronym             SWARM
Proposal title      Autonomous underwater multi-probe system forcoastal area / shallow water
                    monitoring

Abstract            In this project the prototype of a new type of autonomous water monitoring systemwill be
                     developed and tested. The system consists of multiple small scaleunderwater robotic
                    probes that can perform standard measurements and algaemonitoring by fluorometric
                    detection of phytoplankton. The system is intended tocoastal and shallow water areas like
                    Baltic Sea or other similar areas. Theunderlying idea is to create a reasonable priced,
                    small-scale, adjustable, robustand redundant monitoring system that, when equipped with
                    suitable sensor(s),partly developed in this project, provides solutions for the traditionally
                    difficult and highly man power consuming and thus expensive task of monitoringcoastal
                    waters.

Key Action          EESD-3. Key action Sustainable Marine Ecosystems

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Chief Executive Officer Antti HAKALA                                      Company size          S3
                    SOFIMATION OY
                    Italahdenkatu 18 C
                    PO Box 192
                    00210 - Helsinki
                    Finland
                    Phone: 3589670370
                    Fax: 3589670208
                    Email: antti@sofimation.com
                    Internet: http://www.sofimation.com/
SME Proposer(s)
                    DR. HAARDT OPTIK-MIKROELEKTRONIKINH.:                         Germany                           S2
                    DR HAUKE HAARDT




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-01449
Acronym             TOSCA
Proposal title     Toughened structural ceramics for high temperature and corrosive applications.
                   New material and structural designs for maximizing the energy efficiency in
                   power generation and heating

Abstract           Objectives f the project are to develop and test tailored ceramic composite materials and
                   structures for use in corrosive flue gas environment up to 1200C in power plants. primarily
                    waste incineration plants. The new designs enables an efficiency increase in power
                   plants where efficiency today is limited by high temperature corrosion. The composite
                    ceramics material and structural technology are based on patented Giantcode inventions
                   on achieving combinations of strength, stiffness, ductility and fracture toughness that are
                   far superior to what are achievable by traditional ceramics. Giantcode's engineering tools
                   and technology, combined with the expert knowledge of Elsamprojekt, are the basis of the
                   design work. Manufacturing methods will be investigated by NN (SME partner identified as
                   part of the exploratory award. Dutch companies are being evaluated). SME partner
                   SimTech will contribute with expertise in simulation and analysis of material and structural
                    performance under extreme loading and environmenta conditions. Full scale test of
                   promising materials and structures will be performed in one of ELSAM's waste incineration
                    plants.

Key Action         EESD-5. Key action Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies

Start date         1/07/2001                                                            End date        1/07/2002

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration            Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator    Dr. Steen KIBSGAARD                                                    Company size        S2
                   GIANTCODE A/S GIANT COMPOSITE DESIGN A/S (BINAVN)
                   Lucernevej 11, Klokkerholm
                   9320 - Hjallerup
                   Denmark
                   Phone: 4596477500
                   Fax: 4596477575
                   Email: ski@giantcode.com
SME Proposer(s)
                   SIMTECH S.A.                                                Luxembourg                     S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                   40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply
                   26 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
                   29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments


                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01467
Acronym              ECOVAL
 Proposal title      ECOVAL - Internet platform for environmental assessment and trends

 Abstract            To date, environmental projects have tended to focus on the role that industry and big
                     business plays with regards to pollution. However, there is a complete dearth of accessible
                     information on the impact that the individual citizen has on the environment as a global
                     system. While many people are conscious of environmental issues, they have no means by
                     which to judge their overall impact on the environment. To this end, ECOVAL fills a vital
                      gap in the environmental knowledge base through the innovative development of an
                     internet platform that enables individuals to assess the impact of their lifestyle on the
                     environment. Through primary data collection, based on self-completed questionnaires,
                     ECOVAL's internet platform will build a database of individuals' CO2 emissions which, in
                     turn, will provide a tool for cross-regional and European-wide comparison. Ultimately, the
                     platform will enable EU decision makers to adapt their environmental policies to their
                     local population.

 Key Action          EESD-2. Key action Global Change, Climate and Biodiversity

 Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      DI Petra BUSSWALD                                                       Company size          S2
                     AKARYON, NIEDERL & BUSSWALD OEG
                     Grazer Strasse 77
                     8665 - Langenwang
                     Austria
                     Phone: 4369910095167
                     Fax: 43385425098
                     Email: busswald@akaryon.com
                     Internet: www.akaryon.com
 SME Proposer(s)
                     GLOBAL ACTION PLAN UK                                       United Kingdom                    S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      73 - Research and development
                     93 - Other service activities
 Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01473
Acronym             INFOWATER
Proposal title      Integrated Expert System for Waste Water Management Efficiency Control

Abstract            The Project objective is to design and develop an innovative integrated and expert
                    management system, for urban and industrial wastewater with prevalent organicload,
                    capable to: Improve, at least of the 30%, the efficient use and control ofall resources to
                    minimise wastage; Reduction of environmental impact at least ofthe 25%; Prevention of
                    environmental disasters: early warning system; Reductionretrofitting, at least of the 15%,
                    and optimisation of wastewater systems;Reduction of process management costs at least of
                     the 15%; Reduction ofprofessional training costs of 50%. The system will be composed of
                     3 mainfunctional modules: 1) Management Expert Unit, including a diagnostic expert
                    system and a system for active maintenance. It will be based on a territorialmanagement
                    system (e.g. GIS). 2) Information Unit, allowing a reliable andcontrolled information
                    diffusion to all responsible parties in charge of themanagement and emergency operations.
                    3) Training Unit, for the training of Watercompanies and Water operators.

Key Action          EESD-1. Key action Sustainable Management and Quality of Water

Start date          11/12/2000                                                          End date       11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Ing. Giovanni MAPPA                                                    Company size          S2
                    ANOVA S.A.S DI GIOVANNI MAPPA
                    Centro Direzionale Isola E/5, scala A
                    80143 - NAPLES
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390817782228
                    Fax: 390817782304
                    Email: anova@anova.it
                    Internet: www.anova.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    JORGE PAMPIN SL                                            Spain                             S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                    41 - Collection, purification and distribution of water
                    72 - Computer and related activities
                    74 - Other business activities
Comments


                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01541
Acronym              WIND POWER HVDC LINE
Proposal title      High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power linefor wind energy development in
                    Poland.

Abstract            The project will prepare the prerequisite for a demonstration project candidacyThe
                    project at Step 2 will build a power line for the transport of a 20 MW wind farm production
                    to the grid. It will bea demonstration project based on the construction of a High Voltage
                    Direct Current (HVDC) electric withburied cable.It will be implemented on Gore
                    Rowelska, a remote windy area north-east of Poland where a 20 MW wind farmlocation
                    has been identified (partner F). A 2 MW capacity is already in construction on a local
                    ownership basis(partner PL). No more power can be built wiht the current grid situation.
                    The project will take support from the 60 km experimental HDVC light weight line on
                    Gotland in Sweden and itsfirst results as wind power transport mean from the Nas field.
                    (partner S)

Key Action          EESD-6. Key action Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe

Start date          1/05/2001                                                            End date        1/05/2002

Intended Step 2 project Demonstration Project                     Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Monsieur FREDERIC CORDELLE                                             Company size           S2
                    NERZH AN AVEL SARL
                    3 VENELLE DE POULBRIQUEN
                    29200 - BREST
                    France
                    Phone: 33298418964
                    Fax: 33298418964
                    Email: NerzhAvel@aol.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    GOTLAND VINDELPRODUCENTERS                                  Sweden                            S2
                    INTERESSEFOERENING
                    EKO-WIATR SC                                                Poland                            S2




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                       Promotion, Innovation and the Encouragement of SMEs
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01121
Acronym              TACTILUX
 Proposal title      MINIATURIZATION OF " TOUCH CONTROL SYSTEM" INCLUDING NEW
                     PROPRIETARY DEVELOPMENTS BASED ON HYBRID COMPONENTS FOR MASS
                      MARKET LIGHT APPLIANCES AND EXTENSION TO OTHER INDUSTRIAL
                     SECTORS .

 Abstract            Touch Control systems spread out in our daily life... They are used for lift buttons, tactile
                     screens or keyboards, electronics, etc . . . "TACTILUX" research project has started in
                     1995. Three years were devoted to fundamental research on signal capture and signal
                     processing on non-conductive materials. The company registered three patents : two on
                     signal processing and one on inner surface treatment for non-conductive materials. Faced
                      to new customers' requirements, ACTILUX must still improve its state-of-the-art
                     technology. ACTILUX must develop a hybrid component in order to reduce costs,
                     improve the confidentiality of its technology and successfully sell its products for mass
                     market applications like lamps or fans or kitchen appliances. ACTILUX must miniaturize
                     its electronic cards, adapt from 220V to 12V in order to reach new markets, especially in
                     the car industry.

 Key Action          IPS Promotion, Innovation and the Encouragement of SMEs

 Start date          26/09/2000                                                             End date        26/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Innovation Project                           Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator      Mr. JEAN-MICHEL MAUGER                                                    Company size          S2
                     ACTILUX
                     9/11 rue BENOIT MALON
                     92150 - SURESNES
                     France
                     Phone: 33142040082
                     Fax: 33142040185
                     Email: actilux@wanadoo.fr
 SME Proposer(s)
                     LES ATELIERS BOULANGER                                        Belgium                           S2

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
                     72 - Computer and related activities
                     73 - Research and development
 Comments




                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                       Promotion, Innovation and the Encouragement of SMEs
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01270
Acronym              DENUBIOR
 Proposal title      Entwicklung eines integrierten Verfahrens zudezentralen energetischen
                     Nutzung von biologischenReststoffen in einem Wirbelschichtvergaser.

 Abstract            The planned combined process (ETVS-process) allows the decentralized conversion of
                     liquid and solid biological waste in electric energy and mineral ash at the source in a
                     continiuos flow. This is to be demonstrated with sewage sludge and other biomass. The
                     process principally described in the following proposal consists the mayor steps:
                     de-watering, drying, gasifying and generation of electrical power and heat. The sludge will
                     be dewatered from approx. 4 % solid substance to the lowest possibel water content. By
                     drying and gasifying of filter cake with at t least 40 % dry matter which yields a positive
                     energy balance, the planned process can solve especially the sewage sludge problems in a
                     sustainable way according to the new regulations of the EU. The apparatus for the unit
                     operations are in a basic version available on the market. They have to be adapted
                     (upgraded) to the ETVS-project requirements. Their combination is new. The proposers
                     are well experienced SME's in their own industrial branches, with relationships into the
                     most of the EU member states.

 Key Action          IPS Promotion, Innovation and the Encouragement of SMEs

 Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date     20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Innovation Project                           Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator      Dipl. Betriebswirt (FH) Christian EDER                                   Company size         S2
                     CHRISTIAN EDER TECHNOLOGY CET
                     Eduard-Didion-Strasse 14
                     66539 - Neunkirchen
                     Germany
                     Phone: 4968262437
                     Fax: 49682651198
                     Email: Eder.CET@t-online.de
                     Internet: www.CET-Eder.de
 SME Proposer(s)
                     CHOQUENET (FONDERIE & ATELIERS L.)                            France                          S4

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      41 - Collection, purification and distribution of water
                     90 - Sewage and refuse disposal, sanitation and similar activities
                     29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                     74 - Other business activities
 Comments


                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00863
Acronym             BRIMA
Proposal title      Biofouling Reduction In Marine Aquaculture

Abstract            BIOFOULING causes serious technical and financial problems for European marine
                    aquaculture. Structural fouling causes increased loads, abrasion, clogging and enhanced drag.
                    For cultured animals, fouling can overgrow them, compete for space/resources and reduce
                    growth to uneconomic levels. Financial impacts can be enormous, ranging up to total loss
                    of product. The project has two basic OBJECTIVES : A) To devise and test novel
                    approaches to antifouling, B) To develop and disseminate approaches to fouling
                    management. OBJECTIVE A is divided into categories : a) Biological methods b) Physical
                    Methods c) Chemical methods. OBJECTIVE A will be attained by laboratory and field
                    testing at sites throughout Europe. OBJECTIVE B is divided into categories: a) Data
                    collection b) Systematic explicit soccioeconomic research c) Development of a
                    decision-support tool c) Dissemination. OBJECTIVE B will be attained by desk
                    study/literature search and interaction with industry.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          6/07/2000                                                                End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                 Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr JOHN MURPHY                                                              Company size         S3
                    FASTNET MUSSELS LIMITED
                    GEARHIES, BANTRY
                    CO CORK
                    Ireland
                    Phone: 3532761276
                    Fax: 3532761264
                    Email: Fastnet@tinet.ie
SME Proposer(s)
                    LOCH STRIVEN MUSSELS                                            United Kingdom                   S2
                    SICILY FISH FARM S.R.L.                                         Italy                            S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      5 - Fishing, operation of fish hatcheries and fish farms; service activities incidental to fishing
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments            We wish to locate other aquaculture SMEs that suffer foulingproblems, net/cage
                    manufacturers and manufacturers of equipmentdesigned to remove hard fouling organisms
                    from the shells ofshellfish.




                                       Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00891
Acronym             BDFAST
Proposal title      Fast non-invasive bacteria determination in platelet units

Abstract            Current developments in medicine has entailed an impressive growth in the use of Platelets
                    Concentrates (PC) for transfusion. Since a platelet unit is kept in 22°C for up to 5 days
                    after donation, it carries a major risk for bacterial contamination. Recent studies claim
                    that 2,5 % of all the platelet units tested shoved bacterial contamination, which in some
                    cases led to a lethal outcome for the patient. In order to ensure safe platelet transfusions,
                    sceening for bacterial contamination prior to transfusion is absolutely necessary. In
                    this project, a system based on an improved impedance technology, will be developed that
                    will identify and quantify bacterial contamination in platelet bags. - it is non-invasive -
                     it takes less than one minute - it does not require any reagents and specialised manpower
                    - it is not expensive The system will be realised by investigating : - the correlation of
                    electrical parameters and growth of microorganisms in PCs - the physical-chemical
                    property of PCs with and without microbial contamination and developing: - a sensor,
                    which can be integrated in the blood bags - an Industrial process to manufacture blood bags
                    with implemented sensors

Key Action          QOL-2. Key action Control of Infectious Diseases

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr Roman FELDBERG                                                        Company size           S2
                    SIROTECH LTD.
                    Building 13-B, Kiryat Welzmann-Science Park
                    PO Box 2390
                    76123 - Rehovot
                    Israel
                    Phone: 97289301786
                    Fax: 97289301917
                    Email: sirotech@netvision.net.il
                    Internet: www.incubators.org.il/03003.htm
SME Proposer(s)
                    SIEGERT THINFILM TECHNOLOGY GMBH                             Germany                            S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00898
Acronym             BIOCAF
Proposal title      BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF APHIDS IN ORCHARDSTO PRODUCE
                    "GREENER" FRUITS

Abstract            The project aims at reducing the use of pesticides in European orchards. The proposal
                    ultimate goal is to market an efficient strategy of biological control of aphids attacking
                    fruit trees. To reach this goal, a co-operative research proposal is developed into five
                    steps.1.Studying the population dynamics of the most damaging aphids offruit trees on a
                    European scale.2.Developing a forecasting model to predict the risk of aphidoutbreak.
                    3.Improving the rearing method of ladybird beetle larvae.4.Determining procedures for an
                    efficient biological control of aphids in orchards.5.Training the farmers and their
                    advisers at using biological control.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Benoit ADAM                                                            Company size          S2
                    HORPI SYSTEMS SA
                    Grand Route, 65
                    4537 - VERLAINE
                    Belgium
                    Phone: 3242594355
                    Fax: 3242594356
                    Email: horpi.systems@win.be
SME Proposer(s)
                    GAWI-FRUITNET ASBL                                          Belgium                          S2
                    GROUPEMENT DES ARBORICULTEURS DU NORD                       France                           S2
                    EN PRODUCTION INTÉGRÉE




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                     Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00900
Acronym              BLIGHTFIGHT
 Proposal title      An European spraying advisory system for the potato diseasecontrol by using
                     geo-information

 Abstract            Potato late blight (Phytophthora) causes significant losses amongst the European potato
                     growers. To win the battle against this very infectious disease, potato growers use
                     significant amounts of fungicides as a precautionary measure. From an environmental and
                     economical point of view it is important to optimize spraying activities. DACOM has set
                     up a spraying advisory service to farmers through internet services; the PlantPlus system.
                     On the basis of weather information, the presence of infection sources, etc the farmers are
                      advised when to spray. In support of the control of Phytophthora disease there is clear
                     need of additional spatial related information to improve, support and extend the spraying
                     service. We propose to formulate a RTD proposal how the current spraying advisory
                     service can take advantage of the expertise in the field of earth observation, GIS and
                     Internet providing services in the end to develop an improved spatial prototype of the
                     system.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)          Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Ing. Peter RAATJES                                                         Company size            S3
                     DACOM AUTOMATISERING BV
                     Waanderweg 68
                     PO Box 2243
                     NL-7801 CE - Emmen
                     The Netherlands
                     Phone: 31591632474
                     Fax: 31591632473
                     Email: pr@dacom.nl
                     Internet: www.dacom.nl
 SME Proposer(s)
                     DMA CROP CONSULTANTS                                           United Kingdom                      S2

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
 Comments            Special attention shall be paid to search for partners in the field of applied research for crop
                     growth modelling and for profit/non-profit user groups, particulalry in Poland as upcoming
                     EU country.




                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00904
Acronym             CRUSTAMEL
Proposal title      CRUSTACEAN PREVENTION OF MELANOSIS AND QUALITY INDICES

Abstract            The main technological problems that the proponents (crustacean fishing and trading
                    companies) are facing are the quality problems in fresh and frozen products, mainly related
                     with degradation of deepwater rose shrimp and discoloration and melanosis of all
                    crustacean captured or farmed. The main goals of the research project are the
                    development of more efficient, alternative and safer products, particularly non-sulphite
                    based, for treatment of crustaceanmelanosis; the development of tools (QIM's) for the
                    rapid prediction of realistic shelf lives and risk assessment of the various crustacean; the
                    determination of the most relevant quality indices for the quality assessment of crustacean;
                     the reduction of the number of rejections, minimising microbiological hazards and
                    development of much more cost-efficient quality assurance programmes; the significant
                    improvement of the quality of crustacean landed by European Unionvessels and increase of
                     the proportion of crustaceans used for food.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/09/2000                                                               End date        20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                 Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Antonio SILVA FARINHA                          Company size                                  S3
                    CARDIOPEIXE - INDÚSTRIA PISCATÓRIA COM VENDA E CONSERVAÇÃO DE
                    PEIXE FRESCO, LDA.

                    Av. Brasília, Porto de Pesca de Pedrouços, Bloco de Escritórios93 B, Gabinete 1
                    1400-038 - Lisboa
                    Portugal
                    Phone: 351213021117
                    Fax: 351213032086
SME Proposer(s)
                    AYALIS, SA.                                                     Spain                            S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      5 - Fishing, operation of fish hatcheries and fish farms; service activities incidental to fishing
                    15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments            5 - Crustacean farmers are very important.24 - Specifically of food chemical additives.




                                       Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00910
Acronym             FUNCTIONAL GOAT MILK PRODUCTS
Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF FUNCTIONAL DAIRY PRODUCTS BASED ON GOAT MILK

Abstract            At the European level Greece and France account for 60 % of the goat milk production.
                    Although the breeding systems are quite different in these countries, most of the goat milk
                    is dedicated to the manufacture of traditional products. However, in order to respond to
                    emerging consumer's needs and dietary trends, SMEs involved in the transformation of
                    goat milk have to diversify their products. The aim of the exploratory phase is to prepare
                    a Cooperative Research Project (CRAFT) that will allow this diversification. Goat milk
                    functionality will be exploited in order to develop innovative products that bring either
                    health benefits or improved convenience for the consumers. The exploratory phase
                    comprises three additional objectives: a feasibility study to evaluate the state of the art in
                    the field of goat milk products, an evaluation of the market potentialities and a novelty
                    verification. Additional partners will be also recruited during the exploratory phase in order
                     to add value to the project.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Director Jean-Paul JAVAUX                                                 Company size           S3
                    FROMAGERIE DE FONTENILLE
                    79110 - CHEF BOUTONNE
                    France
                    Phone: 33549298173
                    Fax: 33549298174
                    Email: fromagerie.fontenille@chabichou.fr
                    Internet: http://www.chabichou.tm.fr/fontenille
SME Proposer(s)
                    ROUSSAS DAIRY S.A.                                            Greece                             S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00915
Acronym             PMVOC
Proposal title      To investigate the properties and migration of Volatile Organic Compounds
                    (VOC) in floor systems with emission barriers and recommend suitable methods
                    for reducing their emission into room air.

Abstract            PMVOC will investigate the properties of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and their
                    migratory paths in floor constructions in buildings and the possible benefits of introducing
                    an emission barrier. VOC are the result of the interaction of floor coverings, moisture and
                    concrete. They are suspected as a major contributor to sick building syndrome (SBS) and as
                     such a cause of health damage to humans. The aim of PMVOC will be to recommend
                    better metlods and products for controlling the emission of VOC into room air.

Key Action          QOL-4. Key action Environment and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     MR Patric KNUTSON                                                       Company size           S2
                    DEXOR AB
                    Industrivägen 5
                    PO Box 33
                    740 82 - Örsundsbro
                    Sweden
                    Phone: 46171460730
                    Fax: 46171460416
                    Email: db@dexor.se
                    Internet: www.dexor.se
SME Proposer(s)
                    MURRAY GALLOWAY LIMITED                                     United Kingdom                     S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                  Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00937
Acronym             Rapido
Proposal title      Rapid Doctor Office Test for Allergy-screening

Abstract            The number of allergic persons and accompanying costs of treatment increase every year. So
                    there is a real need for an innovative, cost effective diagnostic system for allergens. The
                    proposed project aims to develop a new , well-defined and standardized test for allergy
                    screening which is able to provide rapid results with sufficient accuracy in a general
                    practitioner's environment, i.e. without the need for clinical laboratory equipment or
                    expertise. The objectives of this project are: . to develop a multipurpose test kit, with
                    the aid of which a general practitioner could perform a simple procedure - i.e. without the
                     need of a clinical laboratory - to support his allergy diagnosis; . To supply back up
                    service through quality assurance and confirmation testing in an expert laboratory
                    environment.

Key Action          QOL-4. Key action Environment and Health

Start date          20/09/2000                                                         End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     DVH, PhD Aimo NISKANEN                                                Company size        S3
                    ANI BIOTECH OY
                    Temppelikatu 3-5
                    00100 - Helsinki
                    Finland
                    Phone: 3589446555
                    Fax: 358947801910
SME Proposer(s)
                    MEDIWISS ANALYTIC GMBH                                     Germany                        S2




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-00947
Acronym             MePOSS
Proposal title      Extension of Shelf Life and Reduction of Health Risks for Meat Products by
                    Application of Oscillating Saturated Steam

Abstract            Some kind of meat and meat products bear special risks of microbial infection leading to a
                    reduced shelf life or even to illness and death. Therefore the number of pathogenic or
                    spoilage bacteria on meat has to be kept low. The treatment of meat surfaces with steam
                    offers a good solution but leads to disadvantages like e.g. colour changes of the treated
                    surface. A new technique using oscillating saturated steam is promising to further improve
                    the decontamination effects and to overcome these disadvantages. The objectives of the
                    project are a log 4 to log 6 reduction of pathogenic bacteria and an extension of shelf life
                    by 30%. Within the project the impact of the new technique on pathogenic and spoilage
                    germs on the most endangered kinds of meat and meat products will be investigated. The
                    SME-partners, a meat-finishing company, a pork deboning factory and an equipment
                    manufacturer will then work together on the development of an experimental machine.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Jens WIECHMANN                                                       Company size          S3
                    WIECHMANN GMBH FLEISCH- UND WURSTWAREN
                    Schmiedeweg 1-3
                    26135 - Oldenburg
                    Germany
                    Phone: 4944120844
                    Fax: 49441204591
                    Email: wiechmann-gmbh@t-online.de
SME Proposer(s)
                    SAARLOOS VLEESHANDEL B.V .                                   The Netherlands                   S3
                    IGERMOS-FESSMANN GMBH & CO. KG                               Germany                           S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
Comments            a slaughter-house or cutting company producing carcasses or larger pieces of meat, one
                    end-user with complementary product ranges, e.g. mashed meat, fresh meat sausages, vacuum
                    packed bacon or poultry, and one or two research partners with substantial experience in
                    meat processing.




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00951
Acronym              ADENGIOGENETHERAPY
 Proposal title      ADENOVIRAL MEDIATED PRO/ANTI ANGIOGENESIS GENE THERAPY FOR
                     OSTEOPOROSIS AND METASTATIC BONE DISEASE

 Abstract            The socio-economic problem to overcome is that for both diseases: osteoporosis and
                     metastatic bone disease there is no satisfactorily treatment. The quality of life of these
                     patients and their environment is greatly affected and their life expectancy is limited. This
                      is particularly true for patients being diagnosed with bone metastasis where the average life
                      expectancy shortens to 18 to 24 months. Both osteogenesis and bone metastasis are
                     stimulated by angiogenesis which can be seen as a common denominator. In the case of
                     osteoporosis one would like to enhance angiogenesis whereas in the case of tumor growth
                     one wants to suppress angiogenesis. The specific research objectives are aimed at
                     UTILIZING GENE TARGETTING AND GENE THERAPY NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES
                     IN ORDER TO: I. INHIBIT ANGIOGENESIS IN METASTATIC BONE DISEASE II.
                     ENHANCE BONE FORMATION IN BONE LESIONS AND OSTEOPOROSIS

 Key Action          QOL-GEN. Generic activities

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                              End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator      Prof. Dr. Domenico VALERIO                                               Company size            S4
                     INTROGENE BV
                     Wassenaarseweg 72
                     PO Box 2048
                     2301 CA - Leiden
                     The Netherlands
                     Phone: 31715248701
                     Fax: 31715248702
                     Email: info@introgene.com
                     Internet: http://www.introgene.com
 SME Proposer(s)


 Non-SME End User(s)
                 HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANISATION (GENE                               Israel                             S4
                 THERAPY INSTITUTE)

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
 Comments            Gene Therapy CentreImmunosystem specialist




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00963
Acronym              PROSIT
 Proposal title      Advanced surgery PRObes for the radio-Immuno guided detection of Tumours

 Abstract            The early detection of cancer and the optimisation of treatment is the best way to
                     improve the length and the quality of life of several millions European patients every
                     year. This project is aimed at developing a set of advanced probes that may greatly
                     contribute to achieve this result . For example, the treatment of the lung cancer, that is
                     the first cause of death for tumours in Europe, will benefit an accurate preoperatory study
                     of the Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) in order to adopt the most suitable therapy.
                     This allows to perform more specific, sighted, conservative but oncologically radical
                     interventions. This result can be obtained by applying the "radioimmuno guided surgery",
                     that consists in a detection of gamma-rays by special probes able to identify several
                     tumours and their potential nodal metastases. Similarly, the treatment of breast cancer -
                     another dramatic pathology affecting European women - benefits the detection of the
                     "sentinel node".

 Key Action          QOL-GEN. Generic activities

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Prof. PIERO CHIRCO                                                       Company size         S2
                     SOFTEC SAS DI CHIRCO PIERO &C.
                     Via Albornoz 14
                     40141 - Bologna
                     Italy
                     Phone: 39051477627
                     Fax: 39051477843
                     Email: chirco@softecsas.com
                     Internet: http://www.softecsas.com
 SME Proposer(s)
                     EURORAD 2-6 S.A.                                             France                           S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                     Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-00980
Acronym              Ecoleach
 Proposal title      Ecotoxicological Relevance of Leaching Processes in SolidResidues Exposed to
                     Freshwater Model Ecosystems

 Abstract            The environmental relevance of solid residues is described by their leachability and
                     toxicity. Short-term leaching tests and bioassays have been developed to assess their initial
                      leaching and direct effect. Criteria set up for their reuse or disposal are based on these test
                     schemes. However we are still uncertain to translate the obtained laboratory data into
                     "real" systems. Main objective of the proposed study is to describe the significance of
                     leaching processes for whole ecosystems. For this reason, multi-species test systems are
                     proposed here for the first time to study the complex interaction between leaching
                     processes and the biota. In contrast to single-species tests, these systems show a high
                     degree of realism, in terms of size, diversity and foodweb interactions. It will be possible
                     to identify indirect and secondary effects, which may be overlooked by conventional test
                     procedures. This will help to develop environmentally more safe recycling products and
                     applications.

 Key Action          QOL-4. Key action Environment and Health

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                                End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)          Duration Exploratory Phase 10 months

SME Coordinator      Dr. Michael MUELLER                                                         Company size           S2
                     GEWERBLICHES INSTITUT FUER UMWELTANALYTIK
                     Waidplatzstrasse 8
                     79331 - Teningen
                     Germany
                     Phone: 4976633838
                     Fax: 4976634039
                     Email: info@giu-umwelt.de
 SME Proposer(s)
                     SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH GROUP                           Sweden                              S3

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
 Comments            Additional expertise will be sought in the field of human health and toxicology, and hazard
                     assessment of recycled/reused materials, in particular from less-favoured Community areas




                                        Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                  Exploratory Award
                           Proposal number EXAW-1999-00994
Acronym             BIOPAPER
Proposal title     Novel multifunctional cellulose-based carrier material for physical and biological
                   treatment of crops to improve plant health and growth

Abstract           European agriculture is surrounded by a downward tendency in areas under cultivation and
                   yield decrease owing to following problems: regulation of water balance and of nutrient
                   supply, appli-cation of insecticides, insect-pest infestation, different soil condition,
                   climatic influences, solar radiation and high salt content of soil. The BIOPAPER project
                   intends to develop and test a new cellulose-based carrier material for covering of useful
                   plants and crops to eliminate the mentioned disadvantages with the aim to improve plant
                   health and growth. This new covering material will substitute plastic foils. It consists of
                   cellulose with 2 areas coated with tailor-made agents for selected plants: fertilizer, wax,
                   colour, pheromones, pongicides. The degree of innovation consists in achieving a
                   multifunctionality of the carrier material by single-step coating both areas of the cellulose
                   material: improved adaption of climatic conditions to the requirements of plants; im-
                   proving mechanical stress tolerance, esp. for young plants; reduction of artificial
                   fertilization; weed suppression; protection against insect-pest infestation; total
                   biodegradability.

Key Action         QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date         6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Combined R&D and Demonstration            Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator    Dipl.-Ing. Harald BOETTCHER                                              Company size           S3
                   IN-TER CONSULT-GREIZ
                   Gewerbegebiet Am Dasslitzer Kreuz 4
                   07957 - Langenwetzendorf
                   Germany
                   Phone: 493662531065
                   Fax: 493662531065
                   Email: boett.interconsult@t-online.de
                   Internet: http://interconsult.de
SME Proposer(s)
                   BIO-OZ ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGICAL                             Israel                             S2
                   AGRICULTURE LTD.

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas     1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                   73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                   21 - Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products
                   24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments           A 01: Agriculture / horticulture companyK 731: Basic research in plant physiology,
                   biochemistry D 21: Paper manufacturerD 24: Manufacturer of biochemicals



                                     Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01021
Acronym             ZEOPRESERVATION
Proposal title      Zeolite-based materials for preservation of fresh horticultural products

Abstract            The proposal aims at development of novel zeolite-based materials to be used in
                    horticultural industry and related areas to enhance storage and transportation potential and
                     to support quality maintenance of perishable products. Losses encountered during storage
                    and transportation of horticultural products are considerable and arise mainly from the
                    high air humidity and elevated levels of the ripening hormone ethylene (ethene) in the
                    storage atmosphere. Elevated levels of ethylene stimulate deteriorative processes while
                    high humidities greatly stimulate development of plant pathogenic fungi. We will develop
                    a range of novel zeolite-based products to alleviate, in an environmentally safe way, these
                    problems through 1) better control of air humidity, 2) elimination fungal spores, 3)
                    removal of hydrocarbons and, 4) concrolled release of anti-fungal natural oils.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Rob TROMMELEN R.H.A.M.                                               Company size          S2
                    MULTI INDUSTRIAL CLEANERS ON NATURAL ELEMENTS
                    Kranenberg 9
                    5047 TR - Tilburg
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31135711746
                    Fax: 31135710460
                    Email: micone@micone.nl
                    Internet: www.micone.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    KAJIMA ENGINEERING BELGIUM                                   Belgium                           S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01048
Acronym             Pig heat and straw
Proposal title      Implementation of a heat pump in welfare friendly straw systems for pigs to save
                    energy and to reduce gaseous emissions.

Abstract            The main objective of this project is to implement a heat pump in welfare friendlystraw
                    systems for pigs to save energy and to reduce emissions of ammonia and green house gases
                    to the environment. The heat pump extracts energy from the composting straw-manure
                    bed and this thermal energy is reused on the farm for heating piglet rooms, tap water and
                    the living rooms on the farm. The quantified goals are: -reduction of energy use for
                    heating on the farm to zero level; - reduction of ammonia emission and emission of green
                    house gases from the straw-manure bed by 50% ; - building of two prototypes of the
                    system. The optimal composting temperature and the optimal design of the system is
                    determined in preliminary experiments and by computer modelling. In the Exploratory
                    phase the following is necessary: - a desk study on potential heat demanders on pig farms; -
                     a market analysis; - a partner search; - the writing of a detailed Step 2 proposal.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Rob CLAESEN                                                         Company size           S3
                    R&R SYSTEMS BV
                    Gewandhuis 6a
                    5427 PW - Boekel
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31492322437
                    Fax: 31492324308
                    Email: info@R-R-Systems.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    EKOENERGIA, BIURO USLUG TECHNICZNYCH                        Poland                             S1
                    HYDROTECH, PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO                                 Poland                             S2
                    HANDLOWO-USLUGOWO-PRODUKCYJNE

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    73 - Research and development
Comments            Partners should have knowledge and experience in the area of respectively 1) composting
                    processes and composting equipment 2)heat storage in the ground.




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01054
Acronym             PestiSens
Proposal title      Development of a test kit for the determination of pesticides in foodstuffs

Abstract            In order to take into consideration the consumer's growing concern in the area of food
                    safety, the objective of this project is therefore to develop a fast test kit with the aid of
                    which certain pesticides already present in the production process can be identified. This is
                    very important due to the increasing use of pre-mixed blends and the sometimes poor
                    declaration of the contents on the packaging of raw materials in the food-processing
                    industry. This test kit can be used by the food industry as a powerful tool for its own
                    quality control efforts as wel as by the food manufacturer or seller who would be able to test
                    the toxic potential of food quickly and reliably. Better control of pesticides will allow
                    producers greater competitiveness and profitability. The objective of the project is to
                    develop a simple, reliable and automated test kit for the detection of residual pesticides in
                    foodstuffs on the basis of a cost-efficient immuno-sensor. This will provide the SME
                    food-processing industry, which itselfoften has no information about the pesticide
                    contamination of the cereals and fruits it has bought in from third parties, with anefficient
                    quality control instrument. Trifluoralin is foreseen as the first target. Trifuorain (synonyms
                    are Agriflan 24, Agreflan, Crisalin, Digerman, Elancolan, Lilly 36352, Nitran, Olitref,
                    Trefanocide, Treficon,...

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                    Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Prof. Emídio GOMES                                Company size S3
                    EGI - SOCIEDADE DE ENGENHARIA E GESTÃO DA QUALIDADE INDUSTRIAL,
                    LDA

                    Praceta Madre Deus, 52
                    4405-195 - Canelas - V. N. Gaia
                    Portugal
                    Phone: 351227124298
                    Fax: 351227124357
                    Email: egilab@mail.telepac.pt
                    Internet: http://sapp.telepac.pt/egi/
SME Proposer(s)
                    MICROVACUUM LTD.                                               Hungary                       S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas
Comments            The proposers are already in contact with the IRC Network in order to identify additional
                    partners with the relevant expertise to join the project as partner later on in Step 2




                                       Last update          18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01055
Acronym              FERMATEC
 Proposal title      Development of a Biotechnological High yield Process for Ethanol Production,
                     Based on a Continuous Fermentation Reactor

 Abstract            Fermentation is the limiting step in alcohol production using agricultural sub-products and
                     it as been performed in batch, low yield reactors. The mainobjective of this project is to
                     develop a continuous Fluidised- Bed Bioreactor -Three Phase (FBR -3P) whth higher
                     fermentation yields, that will be scaled-up andtested at semi-industrial level. A new
                     configuration of FBR-3P, working in down- flow, will be tested, including selection of a
                     suitable solid phase for good inoculae immobilisation. Also, a mixed inoculum of
                     Zimomonas Mobilis and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae will be tested. With FBR-3P,
                     productivity should reach values from 25 to 28 g EtOH /L.d , which means from 5 to 10
                     times comparing with existent batch processes, with less energy requirement. It will be
                     possible to recover evaporated alcohol and also a big amount of carbon dioxide as a
                     sub-product. This proposal fits in European politic of substitution of fossil fuels and
                     valuable recovery of agricultural sub-products.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Engineer António FERREIRA                                 Company size                        S2
                     TECNIA- PROCESSOS E EQUIPAMENTOS INDUSTRIAIS E AMBIENTAIS, LDA
                     Rua José Pedro Lopes, Ed. Miramar, Lj-8 Santa Cruz
                     2560 - TORRES VEDRAS
                     Portugal
                     Phone: 351261933246
                     Fax: 351261933575
                     Email: tecnia@mail.telepac.pt       amcmf@mail@telepac.pt
                     Internet: www.tecnia.net
 SME Proposer(s)
                     ARGUS UMWELTBIOTECHNOLOGIE GMBH                             Germany                           S3




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01057
Acronym              MycoCompost
 Proposal title      Composts with mycorrhizal infection capacity of plant roots

 Abstract            Techniques for production of composts with mycorrhizal infection capacity are developed
                     (MycoCompost). Focus is directed to maintain the mycorrhizae already present in
                     biodegradable waste during the composting process, however, improved products are also
                     developed by inoculation techniques. The use of MycoCompost will re-establish the
                     beneficial mycorrhiza-plant root relationships, resulting in increased plant health and
                     nutrient uptake. By using MycoCompost, the application of fertilisers and pesticides will
                     be reduced in the agriculture, and within urbanforestry, the growth of city trees is
                     improved. The development of MycoCompost is expected to result in a 3-fold increased in
                      the demand for compost in the EU. The SME-proposers, a cornposting plant and a
                     private production association of composting plants, are encouraged by the perspective of
                     enlarged markets and of enhanced competition skills for the EU composting technology.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date       6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)       Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Managing director Christensen CHRISTIAN                               Company size          S3
                     SOLUM AS
                     Vadsbystraede 6
                     PO Box 259
                     2640 - Hedehusene
                     Denmark
                     Phone: 4543995020
                     Fax: 4543995231
                     Email: cbsc@solum.dk
                     Internet: (under preparation)
 SME Proposer(s)
                     VLAAMSE COMPOSTORGANISATIE VZW                             Belgium                          S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                     73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                     37 - Recycling
 Comments            A commercial producer of mycorrhiza inoculants. More research partners: characterisation
                     of mycorrhizae experiments in small-sized composting bins, growth trials.A composting
                     plant in Austria and in Belgium.



                                       Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01062
Acronym             Genomic Disease Management Online
Proposal title      Design and Development of Imaging Device, with On-line access, for Molecular
                    Analysis of Human Biopsies to permit Genomic Disease Management.

Abstract            Initiate planning (market analysis + patents survey ) and select partners to design and
                    develop a prognostic device, with results available on-line, that would perform biochemical
                     and histological analysis, at the single cell level quantitatively with critical genetic
                    indicators for certain cancers, cardio- osteoarthritic, neuro- and muscular degenerative
                    diseases. Critical parameters vary with disease; often they are gene-related. Device : §
                    uses in situ hybridisation + ELISA to correlate nucleic acid changes to protein. § examines
                    biopsies to compare normal with diseased tissue. § establishes sequence and concentration
                    standards + controls sampling errors. Not only are sampling procedures and
                    measurements standardised, but also the data are fed, anonymously , into a common pool
                    for statistical metanalysis, to improve prognosis and treatment - a major consideration for
                     subscribers.

Key Action          QOL-3. Key action The "Cell factory"

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Dr J. David Grausz J. David GRAUSZ                                     Company size           S3
                    UROGÈNE S.A.
                    4, rue Pierre Fontaine
                    F-91000 - EVRY
                    France
                    Phone: 33160878984
                    Fax: 33160878989
                    Email: jd.grausz@urogene.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    APPLIED SPECTRAL IMAGING LTD.                               Israel                            S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      72 - Computer and related activities
                    73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments            Bioinformatics Genomics Biotechnology Groups




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01063
Acronym             FishNose
Proposal title      Development of a electronic nose system for the automated quality control of
                    smoked fish

Abstract            Fish is an important and popular food in all countries of the European Union. On average,
                    each citizen of the EU consumedabout 25 kg of fish per year, from which 10% was smoked
                     fish. The annual production of smoked fish products in Europe in 1996 was 100.000
                    tons, the turnover of the industry producing smoked fish and products from smoked fish was
                    about 1200Mio in 1996. The industry producing smoked fish products is crucially
                    dependent on the high quality of their products.The consumers demands more and more
                    quality and freshness - thus, quality and freshness become the major topic for the success
                    of these products on the market. Growing public awareness and scepticism of consumers on a
                     hard fought marketputs a continuous pressure on the companies towards product quality
                    and quality control. Currently, the industry employsconventional quality control methods
                    such as for example classical bacteriologic method, detection of total-volatile amines and
                    lactic acid. Due to the limited reliability of this methods, there is a great interest in having
                    automated quality control systemssuch as the Electronic Nose proposed here available.
                    Against this background it's therefore the objective of the proposed research project, to
                    develop a new, automated qualitycontrol system based on the "Electronic nose" principle.
                    This will provide the SME fish-processing ..

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Tsung TAN                                                             Company size         S3
                    ALPHA-M.O.S.
                    20 avenue Didier Daurat
                    31400 - TOULOUSE
                    France
                    Phone: 0033562475380
                    Fax: 0033561545615
                    Email: tttan@alpha-mos.com
                    Internet: http://www.alpha-mos.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    HANS FIEDLER & SOEHNE LACHS- UND                              Germany                         S3
                    AALRAEUCHEREI

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas
Comments            The proposers are already in contact with the IRC Network in order toidentify additional
                    partners with the relevant expertise to join the project as partner later on in Step 2




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01071
Acronym             HORTNOSE
Proposal title      LOW-COST PORTABLE ELECTRONIC NOSE TO MANAGE HORTICULTURAL
                    PRODUCE

Abstract            Costly and destructive technologies are used to determine the quality of perishable
                    horticultural produce to satisfy consumer demands and EC Food Quality standards.
                    Farmers, distributors and service providers cite the need for rapid non-destructive QA
                    techniques to aid the industry (worth 20 billion Euro a year).The project proposes to
                    deliver a user- friendly portable aroma detector capable of determining produce quality at
                    any stage in the post-harvest chain. The research objectives are to identify aroma
                    compounds emanating from test produce and to test and select appropriate aroma sensors
                    and an aroma sampling system. Appropriate software and data handling systems will be
                    refined to produce easily interpretable information that identifies the condition of the
                    produce. These sampling, electronic detection and data interpretation systems will be
                    encompassed in a hand-held instrument.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 3 months

SME Coordinator     MR COLIN TIMOTHY BIDDLECOMBE                                            Company size         S3
                    FARM ADVISORY SERVICES TEAM LTD.
                    NORTH STREET, SHELDWICH
                    ME13 0LN - FAVERSHAM
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 10795533225
                    Fax: 01795532422
                    Email: timbiddlecombe@compuserve.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    ALPHA-M.O.S.                                                France                           S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01074
Acronym             TOXIMET
Proposal title      The simple, inexpensive and robust quantitative determination of mycotoxins in
                    foods

Abstract            Mycotoxins are highly toxic fungal metabolites, found in foods, that attract world-wide
                    attention because of the significant economic losses caused by their impact on human
                    health, animal productivity and both domestic and international trade. The populations of
                    developed countries are protected from mycotoxins by the introduction of strict
                    regulations (e.g. EC Regulation No. 1525/98 for the aflatoxins) that restrict the levels of
                    mycotoxins allowed in foods. Although mycotoxins can be detected and quantified using
                    traditional chromatographic complex to be used by most SMEs within the food chain. The
                    planned project deliverable consists of a robust, inexpensive combination of simple sample
                     preparation procedures, and the isolation of mycotoxins on disposable 'mini-columns',
                    prior to their fully quantitative determination using a novel inexpensive, portable
                    fluorimetric detector.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     MR STUART HOLLAND                                                      Company size           S2
                    WHEATON SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS LTD
                    SOUTHDOWN HOUSESTATION ROAD
                    GU32 3ET - PETERSFIELD, HANTS
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 4401730231640
                    Fax: 4401730231761
                    Email: STUART.HOLLAND@WHEATONSCIENTIFIC.COM
                    Internet: WWW.WHEATONSCIENTIFIC.COM
SME Proposer(s)
                    GIESKO B.V.                                                 The Netherlands                   S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01089
Acronym              WHEAT - QUEST
Proposal title       WHEAT - QUALITY EFFECTS OF STRESS TREATMENTS, THEIR
MANIPULATION
                     AND CONTROL.

 Abstract            90 MILLION TONNES OF WHEAT ARE GROWN IN THE EU PER YEAR BUT THE
                     QUALITY OF THEWHEAT IS AFFECTED BY ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS FACTORS
                      EXPERIENCED BY THE GROWING CROP.ADVERSE QUALITY EFFECTS MAY
                     REDUCE THE MARKETABILITY OF GRAIN FOR PREMIUM GRADEUSE SUCH AS
                     BREAD MAKING AND STARCH PRODUCTION. GRAIN OF IMPROVED QUALITY
                     COULDREPLACE GRAIN IMPORTED INTO THE EU. BY DETERMINING THE
                     PATHWAYS AND SIGNALS OFSTRESS TRANSMISSION WITHIN A GROWING
                     WHEAT PLANT, AND BY UNDERSTANDING HOW THEYAFFECT GENETICALLY
                     CONTROLLED SWITCHES IN THE PLANT, PRE-TREATMENTS MAY BE DEVISED
                     THAT WOULD ENABLE THE PLANT TO WITHSTAND ENVIRONMENTAL
                     STRESSES LIKELY TO OCCURDURING THE SEASON. ALTERNATIVELY,
                     TREATMENTS COULD BE APPLIED AFTER THE STRESSESHAD BEEEN
                     EXPERIENCED IN ORDER TO MOLLIFY THE EFFECTS ON GRAIN QUALITY. BY
                     MONITORING THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROWING CONDITIONS IN THE FIELD, A
                     FARMER MAY BE ABLEI'O COUNTERACT THE EFFECTS OF STRESSES BEFORE
                     DAMAGE IS DONE.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date   6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)      Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      MR PHILIP WALLACE                                                     Company size   S3
                     LEVINGTON AGRICULTURE LTD
                     LEVINGTON PARK
                     IP10 0LU - IPSWICH
                     SUFFOLK
                     United Kingdom
                     Phone: 441473654906
                     Fax: 441473659025
                     Email: phil.wallace@farmline.com
 SME Proposer(s)
                     MIERIJ METEO B.V.                                        The Netherlands             S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                     1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                     15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
 Comments            RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS THAT WORK FOR THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
                     INDUSTRIES ARE SOUGHT TO CARRY OUT THE RESEARCH REQUIRED. FOOD
                     PROCESSING PARTNERS ARE REQUIRED FROM THE FLOUR MILLING AND
                     STARCH INDUSTRIES



                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01103
Acronym              EOFORPLAN
 Proposal title      New tools for forest planning

 Abstract            The forest management plans are usually paid by the forest owner itself or, in some cases,
                     by the government .A serious problem of the forest management planning is a high price
                     of the plans given mostly by an enormous share of labour in the field on the work. The
                     expenses paid by the owners lead to a lobbying for lowering a quality and content reduction
                      of the plans. Such a trends are dangerous because they can cause difficulties in the
                     sustainability of forest ecosystems development in the future. A solution can be found in
                     searching for new ways haw to elaborate the forest management plans using modern digital
                     technologies. An objective of the prepared project is to find and propose a new
                     technology for a cost and productivity effective elaboration of forest management plans
                     based on combination of digitised data from previous forest management plans, digitised
                     data from the forest management records, growth models, new technology data from the
                     remote sensing of the Earth.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                           End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)       Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator      Ing. NECAS MICHAL                                                      Company size           S3
                     LESPROJEKT VYCHODNI CECHY S.R.O.
                     GOCAROVA 504
                     500 02 - HRADEC KRALOVE
                     Czech Republic
                     Phone: 420495533235
                     Fax: 420495533235
                     Email: lesprojektvc@telecom.cz
 SME Proposer(s)
                     ILMCAD CAD-INGENIEURBURO GMBH                               Germany                           S3




                                       Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01117
Acronym              INNOCUOUS
Proposal title      INNOVATION IN THE PROCESS OF CORK PRODUCTION FOR ELIMINATION
                    OF ODOURS RESPONSIBLE FOR CORK TAINT

Abstract            Cork taint due to the presence of trichloroanisole and other volatile compounds is
                    responsible for approximately 1000MECUs annual losses to the wine and cork industry
                    posing a serious survival problemto hundred of SMEs in the EU's less favoured regions, as
                    well as a threat to the continuation of the cultivation of cork oak forests and their
                    complex ecosystems. The problem of cork taint must be overcometo ensure the survival
                    of this almost exclusively European based industry in order to economically competewith
                    the growing threat of the synthetic cork stopper industry, an increasingly non-European
                    based sector.The workplan for the Step 2 Demonstration project to be assessed under the
                    auspices of this exploratoryaward aims at the industrial scale implementation of an
                    integrated approach for cork treatment composed of physico-chemical unit operation and
                    their combination thereof to guarantee taint free cork stoppers. The possibility of the
                    implementation of such unit operations will be explored and some preliminary
                    investigations carried out to demonstrate the viability of the proposed unit operations.
                    Suitable partners for participation in the Step 2 Demonstration project will be identified
                    and detailed project planning and writing of the Step 2 Demonstration proposal will be
                    carried out.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/09/2000                                                           End date      20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Demonstration Project                     Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     DIRECTOR ARMANDO JESUS COELHO                                          Company size          S4
                    ALVARO COELHO IRMAOS, LDA
                    ZONA INDUSTRIAL DE PRIMEMOZELOS, LFR
                    4535 - SANTA MARIA DE LAMAS
                    Portugal
                    Phone: 351227470050
                    Fax: 351227470080
SME Proposer(s)
                    VITI-VINICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER LTD.                      Greece                           S2
                    AMPELOOENIKI LTD.




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01128
Acronym             REAIPCIC
Proposal title      Reliable & emphatic activity indicator products for cross infection control.

Abstract            The objective is to develop both product chemistry and means of production for a new
                    generation of impregnatedwipes for cross infection control capable of clearly indicating
                    when the wipe ceases to be effective. Such productswould be capable of making an
                    incremental contribution to hygiene maintenance and diase prevention in thehome,
                    healthcare and food chain.The research will create effective cross contamination control
                    products using a variety of chemical disinfectantsand indicators together with suitable non
                    woven substrates and the machinery to manufacture the finished product.The only existing
                     wipe with a built in indicator was invented 20 years ago by the proponent of this product
                    (USPatent 4311479). The advance in chemical technology should enable a new generation
                     of indicative wipes that aremuch more pathogen specific with quantitative indication of
                    effectiveness.With the increasing number of health problems caused by cross
                    contamination ranging fom Campylobacter jejunito E.coli O 157 and with the increasing
                    problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens there will be a considerableworld-wide niche
                    market for these products.

Key Action          QOL-4. Key action Environment and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Adrian FELLOWS                                                       Company size          S1
                    PRODUCT & PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
                    1 Slater Bank, Hebden Bridge, Halifax
                    HX7 7DY - Halifax
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 01422843047
                    Fax: 01422843047
                    Email: adrian_fellows@hotmail.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    JINPO PLUS A.S.                                             Czech Republic                    S4
                    NATURELLE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LTD                             United Kingdom                    S4
                    CETEX CHEMNITZER                                            Germany                           S3
                    TEXTILMASCHINENENTWICKLUNG GGMBH
                    CHEM RESIST EUROPE SPOR S.R.O.                              Czech Republic                    S2

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      17 - Manufacture of textiles
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                            Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01131
Acronym              LANDMOD
 Proposal title      Land-modification as a part of process of sustainable development in rural
                     regions

 Abstract            The relief of the terrain can have an influence on the land modification . Until now, the
                     3D modelling has been used in a few cases only. It is necessary to study this influence and
                     to describe it. For this purpose, two different things should be solved. One of them is a
                     practical measurement of the relief influence in the field, i. e. to define the points
                     representing the terrain relief and make soil sampling according this measurements. Second
                      part is the computer evaluation of the measurement results and a modelling of the
                     processes. The analytical part will consist of Hydrological analysis of territory,
                     Determination of soil erosion washing down, Inclination of the terrain and exposition of
                     the slopes. Creation of high water marks and flood model, Movement of snow avalanche,
                     Projecting of field and forest path. For this analysis two kinds of data sources are necessary
                      DTM -photogrammetry, GPS measuring and maps will be a source of this category of
                     data.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)         Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator      Ing. MARTIN KOBR                                                         Company size            S3
                     ATLAS, SPOL. SR.O.
                     NA KRIVCE 50
                     101 00 - PRAHA 10
                     Czech Republic
                     Phone: 4202766085
                     Fax: 4202767426
                     Email: dmt@atlasltd.c
                     Internet: www.atlasltd.cz
 SME Proposer(s)
                     GBU - GESELLSCHAFT FUR BODENSCHUTZ UND                        Germany                            S1
                     UMWELTUNTERSUCHUNG




                                       Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01137
Acronym             LYTEX
Proposal title      Lycopene and dietetic fibre extraction from tomato wastes using Supercritical
                    Fluids Technology

Abstract            LYCopene, a carotenoid present in tomato peel, has important properties as antioxidant,
                    nutraceutical food and colouring, having raised great interest for its extraction. Currently,
                    the extraction process is carried out using organic solvents, which reduces its use as
                    nutraceutical and in pharmaceutical applications, as well as in the cosmetic and food
                    industries. To solve this important problem, the project is addressed to define technical
                    conditions for the application of Supercritical CO2, a process with significative
                    advantages for the extraction of organic substances. The preparation of the raw material
                    will also permit the extraction of dietetic fibre derived from the tomato peels. Every
                    market asks for different characteristics of the products and thus for different extraction
                    conditions. In this regard, the Exploratory Award is aimed at: Defining the markets:
                    forecasts, prices and technical characteristics. Defining equipment and suppliers for the
                    pilot Plant intended to be set up and according to the technical processes to comply with
                    the markets requirements. Searching for new partners, potentially in the final users
                    markets, and Establishing the workpackages and tasks for carrying out CRAFT
                    Project's Phase II The project is expected to positively impact on the following aspects:
                    Quality of life: obtention of nutraceutic

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/09/2000                                                                End date     20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 7 months

SME Coordinator     Mr. Manuel VÁZQUEZ CALLEJA                                                  Company size
                    CONSERVAS VEGETALES DE EXTREMADURA, S.A.
                    Crta. de Villafranco del Guadiana a Balboa, km. 1500
                    Apdo. 10032 S1
                    06195 - Villafranco del Guadiana (Badajoz)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34924448038
                    Fax: 34924448101
SME Proposer(s)
                    RIERA NADEU, S.A.                                              Spain                            S3
                    TOMATAGRO                                                      Portugal                         S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
                    40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply
                    85 - Health and social work
Comments


                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01155
Acronym             XPLORE
Proposal title      High Resolution X-Ray Detector for Food Quality Control

Abstract            The aim of the proposal is the implementation of an innovative High Resolution X-Ray
                    Detector for on-line identification of pits, bugs or internal defects (bruises or frost damage)
                     after the fruit pitting process or immediatly before the packaging process of food
                    products. In particular, in the present project, a prototype for on-line detection of residual
                     pits (or pits fragments) in olives or cherries will be developed, because of the wide market
                    of this sector in Europe. The X-Ray technology was individuated by previous tests because
                    it allows a non-invasive and safe detection, as well as a good speed of processing. At
                    present, X-ray applications in food processing only allow the detection of metals and
                    foreign objects with strong difference of density with the product, but the identification of
                    bodies with very little difference of density, as the case of pits and bugs in fruit, proposed
                    in the present project, is a still not solved issue coming from the food processing sector.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date         6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. Alessio BOSCOLO                                                        Company size           S2
                    PHOENIX RICERCA E TECNOLOGIE OTTICHE S.R.L.
                    C.so Spagna, 12
                    35127 - Padova
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390498061250
                    Fax: 390498061250
                    Email: phoenix@iperv.it
                    Internet: http://www.phoenix-rto.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    SOCIEDAD ANONIMA DE RACIONALIZATION Y                          Spain                              S4
                    MECANIZATION

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01165
Acronym              BIPROSEPLAF
 Proposal title      Biologic production of horticultural seeds from autochthonous or locally adapted
                     clones

 Abstract            Develop a mehtod that allows the production of seeds and plants of various autochthonous
                     or adaptations, obtained by biologic means with the objective of maintaining genetic
                     diversity, improving the quality of the cultivated species and supply a potentially growing
                     market which is scarce of biologic seeds. To apply developed technology to fertilisation,
                     plague control and diseases with innovating techniques of production, conservation and
                     tinning, creating a bank of germoplasm. The project proposes, in relation to a new
                     sustained agriculture, a new production system that help biodiversity, vegetal health and
                     management of agrarian resources which can generate incomes and employment in the
                     rural milieu.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                               End date      6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)         Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator      Sr. Primitivo Julio SANTIN FERNÁNDEZ                                      Company size        S2
                     INSTITUTO DE RESTAURACIÓN MEDIO AMBIENTE S.L.
                     Avda. de Avación, 70-3
                     24198 - La Virgen del Camino (León)
                     Spain
                     Phone: 0034987302102
                     Fax: 0034987302141
                     Email: Irma@isid.es
 SME Proposer(s)
                     COOPERATIVA HELIS ERBE                                       Italy                            S2
                     REABILITAÇAO LABORAL DE PERSSOAS                             Portugal                         S2
                     PORTADORAS DE DEFICIÊNCIA
                     CONFCOOPERATIVE SASSARI                                      Italy                            S2
                     AGRUPAMENTO DE PRODUTORES DE CASTANHA Portugal                                                S2
                     NORDESTE TRANSMONTANOLDA

                         Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      2 - Forestry, logging and related service activities
                     14 - Other mining and quarrying
                     20 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of
                      articles of straw and plaiting materials
                     10 - Mining of coal and lignite; extraction of peat
 Comments


                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01168
Acronym             EDOD
Proposal title      European Development of Orphan Drugs

Abstract            Orphan diseases are defined as disabling or life-threatening diseases, which incidence is below
                    5 p.10,000people. Some orphan drugs have been developed, mostly in the USA, thanks to
                    the Orphan Drug Act.However, many of them have forsaken because of their low
                    profitability and are still manufacturedlocally with regulatory status EDOD (European
                    Development of Orphan Drugs) program intends tobring to the market orphan drugs with
                    high medical need which have been forsaken by US firms. Thesedrugs will be selected
                    among products currently locally produced by Hospital Pharmacies and which fallwithin
                    one the following therapeutic areas : clinical toxicology (antidotes), metabolic diseases or
                    onco-haematology. EDOD aims at upgrading pharmaceutical and medical quality of these
                    medications, and atharmonising at the european level access to these drugs by patients
                    suffering from rare diseases. EDODwill bring together skills from 6 to 8 European SME's,
                    so as to prepare European regulatory filing of 1 to2 drug candidates within 2 years. This
                    will be the start of a longer co-operation between SME's onorphan drugs.

Key Action          QOL-GEN. Generic activities

Start date          6/07/2000                                                             End date       6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     DR. Gilles ALBERICI                                                     Company size        S2
                    OPI ORPHAN PHARMA INTERNATIONAL
                    5 allée de la croix des Roux
                    69126 - BRINDAS
                    France
                    Phone: 33682555142
                    Fax: 33478879937
                    Email: alberici@orphan-opi.com alberici@compuserve.com
                    Internet: www.orphan-opi.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    OMICRON-PHARMA                                              Austria                         S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01169
Acronym              EMBRYOBAG
 Proposal title      The Development of a Culture Bag to Simplify Somatic Embryogenesis

 Abstract            Somatic embryogenesis is theoretically, the system of choice for the propagation of the
                     breeding crops with elite characteristics, such as oak. Asynchronosity of the
                     developmental stages prevents automation of the process, hence the media changes are
                     highly labourious. The objective of the project is to develop a sealed bag where these media
                      changes are achieved by osmosis. The project will develop a suitable bag for somatic
                     embryogenesis of juvenile, and later mature oak tissue allong with a protocol for
                     automating the process. The lowcost of the process will allow Commercialisation of
                     somatic embryogenesis even where there is poor synchronosity. The success of the
                     system, will allow the production of low cost, elite forest trees of high yield and quality.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          6/07/2000                                                            End date        6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator      Mr. Fintan MORAN                                                        Company size           S3
                     PLANT TECHNOLOGY LTD.
                     IDA Industrial Estate, Dublin Road
                     Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
                     Ireland
                     Phone: 3535436258
                     Fax: 3535436255
                     Internet: indigo.ie/~plantech
 SME Proposer(s)
                     HAMPSHIRE ADVISORY AND TECHNICAL SERVICES
                     United Kingdom                           S2
                     LTD

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas      73 - Research and development
 Comments            Oak Embryogenesis Research Partner




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01180
Acronym             FIBRESOIL
Proposal title      Investigation and development of organic fibre and mineral sludge for
                    horticultural, forestry and reclaimation purposes

Abstract            The re-cycling of newspapers produces large quantities of a by-product made up of plant
                    fibre and clay. Thisproject will develop a material from this for improving soil and as an
                    ingredient in composts. At present manycomposts use peat which is a non sustainable
                    practice. This project aims to produce an alternative product that performs as well as peat
                    but uses a free source of basic material. The project will investigate;. the use of biocatalysts
                     and micro-organisms to degrade the basic material making it suitable for composts. ways
                    of producing even mixes of balanced composts. methods of improving soil structure and
                    moisture retention properties on difficult reclamation sites to allow plant establishment in
                     with minimum topsoil. production of weed suppressants and soil improvers to aid tree
                    establishment in forestry when first planting and after clear felling, especially when whole
                     tree harvestingThe market for composts throughout Europe is huge and the proposers
                    would be able to produce and marketproducts for applications including mulches, soil
                    improvers, potting and seeding medium and specialist lightweightcomposts for hanging
                    baskets.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/09/2000                                                               End date       20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                 Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Paul HUMMEL                                                             Company size            S3
                    SEIONT NURSERIES
                    Caer GlyddynPontrug
                    LL57 2BB - Caernarfon
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441286672113
                    Fax: 441286677223
SME Proposer(s)
                    BREWERS BARLEY PRODUCTS LTD                                    Ireland                             S2




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01222
Acronym             HYTRIAL
Proposal title      Hydroacustic Tool for Rapid Industrial Interest Algae Location

Abstract            The scientific and technical objectives of this research project concern the implementation
                    of an optimised hydroacoustic system prototype for the use of real time location of algae
                    masses, particulary in their natural environment The final prototype system must be
                    reliable, simple to handle and low cost, such that the traditional algae harvesting sector
                    may easily assimilate it. In order to verify the efficiency and reliability of the acoustic
                    system prototype the project will consider mainly the applications to the
                    seaweed-collectors.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator     Dr Jorge REY                                                            Company size          S2
                    ESTUDIOS GEOLOGICOS MARINOS
                    Ramonet,14
                    28033 - Madrid
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34952608417
                    Fax: 34952608417
                    Email: esgemar@lander.es
SME Proposer(s)
                    STENMAR MICRO SYSTEM                                         United Kingdom                   S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01238
Acronym             CHITOSAN & FOOD COATING
Proposal title      Chitosan: the basis of a new generation of anti-fungal andnatural sausage
                    casings and cheese coatings.

Abstract            Goal: Develop a new generation anti-fungal food coatings based on chitosan, a natural
                    biopolymer manufactured from shrimp waste. The technology is focussed on sausage
                    casings and cheese coatings. Current food coating technology leads to significant losses
                    (estimated at 3,000 million/year) by fungal contamination in sausages and cheese and to
                    health hazards to consumers by mycotoxins. The currently used anti-fungal agent
                    Natamycin has severe disadvantages. It is not active anymore to fungi responsible for
                    spoilage of sausages and cheese. There are increasing questions on its safety for human
                    health. Thus there is a need for a natural and safe alternative. Chitosan is a biopolymer
                    manufactured from chitinisolated from shrimp waste. Based on existing data of Primex
                    chitosan has anti-fungal properties. These data provide a basis to develop a new generation
                     anti-fungal food coatings for the European sausage and cheese industry and reduce the
                    current waste stream of the shrimp industry. The project comprises 3 steps. Test the
                    efficacy of chitosan against relevant fungi. Develop new food coatings based on chitosan.
                    Evaluate the new coating on sausages and cheese.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. Alex VERPLAETSE                                                     Company size          S3
                    LES SALAISONS DE L-ARDENNAISE
                    Groenstraat 330
                    9041 - Gent
                    Belgium
                    Phone: 3293553632
                    Fax: 3293553631
                    Email: verplaetse.alex@skynet.be
SME Proposer(s)
                    PRIMEX INGREDIENTS ASA                                      Norway                            S4




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01249
Acronym             WINEBIOSENS
Proposal title      BIOSENSOR BASED DEVICE FOR ON LINE CONTROL OF WINE MAKING

Abstract            The aim of this CRAFT Project is to develop low cost instrumentation based on
                    biosensors, able to on line monitor wine production. The rapidity of a single measurement
                    (response time in 1-2 min.) makes such devices ideal for closecontrolling the alcoholic
                    fermentation that is a continuously evolving process. Thescientific objectives of this
                    proposal are related to the on-line measurement ofmetabolites as for example glucose,
                    fructose, ethanol, in a self-containedautomated system. The device will be completed with
                    related electronics and appropriate software to quantify the compounds analysed.A wireless
                     system of datatransmission might be applied in order to frequently inform the operator
                    about the process. The device to be developed will be easy to use also by not expertise
                    people and suitable to perform a hundred of measurements, before replacing it. Finally, it
                    may be used for other applications depending on the biosensor ( foodanalysis, clinical and
                    analytical chemistry, for example).

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                         End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                 Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. STEFANO CINELLI-COLOMBINI                                         Company size           S2
                    FATTORIA DEI BARBI E DEL CASATO S.R.L.
                    LOCALITA' PODERNUOVI 170
                    53024 - MONTALCINO (SIENA)
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00390577841111
                    Fax: 00390577841112
                    Email: fattoriadeibarbi@hotmail.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    ECO BEHEER B.V.                                             The Netherlands                  S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
                    1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                    15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01289
Acronym             MITES EXTRACTION
Proposal title      Development of an accurate mites counting and extraction machine ; a monitoring
                    and testing device for the agricultural sector.

Abstract            Mitox (the Netherlands) and Impactest (Portugal), two biotech companies, propose to
                    develop a mite extraction and counting machine. The R&D partners are the University of
                    Amsterdam and machine developerSchachtner (Germany). Mile faunas are used: (1) for
                    ecotoxicological tests on new types of plant protection products (pesticides). These tests are
                     mandatory before new plant protection products are allowed on the European market.
                    (2) in agriculture to indicate whether to use pesticides for crop protection. This equipment
                    automates the manual counting and extraction of miles enabling accurate and more
                    simplified testing. The increased accuracy will lower the level ior a statistically significant
                    mile detection from 40% to a 25% reduction in non-targeted mite faunas. This would
                    comply with European Communitydirectives, as opposed to the existing manual
                    techniques. More accurate testing techniques will reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture,
                    leading to a cleaner environment. The project fits in Theme 1 of the Fifth Framework:
                    'Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources' The project specifically complies with
                     Key Action 5 'Sustainable Agriculture' (plant health).

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                              End date     20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. FRANK BAKKER                               Company size                                  S3
                    MITOX STICHTING BEVORDERING DUURZAME PLAAGBESTRIJDING
                    KRUISLAAN 320
                    PO Box 92260
                    1098 SM - AMSTERDAM
                    The Netherlands
                    Phone: 31205257744
                    Fax: 31205257704
                    Email: bakker@bio.uva.nl
SME Proposer(s)
                    IMPACTEST LTDA                                               Portugal                        S1

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01293
Acronym             PHYTOGENIC ADDITIVES
Proposal title      New phytogenic product line for pig production

Abstract            In EU, the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in animal nutrition came under
                    discussion due to cross resistances. One of the most prospective alternatives forAGP's are
                    phytogenic feed additives like herbs, spices and essential oils. Withthis CRAFT-project,
                    the goal is to establish an innovative phytogenic product linefor pig production for a
                    complete replacement of AGP's without any economicalloss. The objective is to define,
                    analyse and test herbal combinations to developa new product line for sows, piglets and
                    fattening pigs. This innovative approachwill provide several benefits in relation with
                    health and nutrition:Achieving the same results as AGP's in production para;No
                    cross-resistances and resistances of animals against therapeutic antibioticsBetter
                    digestibility, reduced environmentional burden of animal productionReduction of soil
                    pollution with antibiotics and not digested minerals(phosphorous); less ammonia in stall
                    and slurry

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Ing. Helmut DEDL                                                        Company size         S2
                    DELACON BIOTECHNIK GMBH
                    Weissenwolffstr. 14
                    PO Box 17
                    4221 - Steyregg
                    Austria
                    Phone: 437326405310
                    Fax: 43732640533
                    Email: office@delacon.com
                    Internet: www.delacon.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    NUTRITEC SA/NV                                              Belgium                          S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01294
Acronym             JETFRUIT
Proposal title      "No-touch" robotic technology for preparing fresh-cutfruits and vegetables
                    products based on machine vision and water-jet cutting

Abstract            Demand for ready to eat (fresh-cut) fruits and vegetables has drastically grown during the last
                     decade due to the changing human lifestyle in industrial countries. Contacts with human
                    hands during fresh-cut fruits and vegetable process is one of the major potential sources of
                    contamination for fresh-cut products. It is necessary to develop an automatic cutting
                    process in order to improve the quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This novel
                    automatic cutting process will be achieved by developping a new water-jet cutting machine.
                    The main tasks of research are to complement the water-jet cutting technology for fruits
                    and vegetables with additional stage and to develop the practical way by which the
                    technology can be commercially implemented. The results expected for this new
                    machine are: -an improved quality of the product and safety of the process -no damage
                    on the product -better environmental conditions -a cost competitiveness - a high
                    quality edge and intricate cuts

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Managing Director Yehiel GOLDSTEIN                                       Company size        S3
                    ELRAD
                    44, Yad-habanim St.
                    49,377 - Petach-Tikva
                    Israel
                    Phone: 97239220136
                    Fax: 97239243546
                    Email: elrad@netvision.net.il
                    Internet: http://www.elrad.co.il
SME Proposer(s)
                    PRIM'SAVEUR                                                  France                          S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01317
Acronym             DIBOTEST
Proposal title      DIET AND IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME : TRIGGERS, TESTING AND
                    TREATMENT

Abstract            Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most difficult and unsatisfactorily treated
                    chronic diseases in primary healthcare. No simple diagnostic test for IBS exists currently,
                    however, there is increasing evidence that there are dietary and immunological
                    components to this disorder, and that food specific IgG may be a useful diagnostic marker.
                     It is proposed that this project will : i) conduct epidemiological research to establish
                    the usefulness of food-reactive IgG as a dietary marker for IBS ii) use the knowledge
                    acquired in i) to develop a rapid, one-step, point-of-care test to identify the dietary trigger
                    of IBS.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                               End date        1/03/2002

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     Mr MARK VAREY                                                              Company size           S3
                    YORK NUTRITIONAL LABORATORY LTD
                    MURTON WAY
                    YO19 5US - YORK
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441904410410
                    Fax: 441904422000
                    Email: mark@allergy.co.uk
                    Internet: www.allergy.co.uk
SME Proposer(s)
                    NANOSEARCH MEMBRANE G.M.B.H                                    Austria                            S2

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments            A food allergen producer with capabilities for producing recombinant food allergens. An
                    ELISA kit producer or kit component manufacturer.




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01336
Acronym             INFIG
 Proposal title     INTRODUCTION OF NORMAL FLORA TO INFANT GASTROINTESTINAL
TRACTS

 Abstract           There is an increasing frequency of food allergy and intolerance in infants in the developed
                    world. A substantial bodyof evidence suggests that this increase is due to the failure of the
                    'priming' activities of the normal flora of humanintestinal tracts on the immature immune
                    system in advanced societies. This may be caused by over hygienicconditions in hospitals,
                    use of antibiotics and other modern techniques in infancy. This project aims to produce a
                     nutritional supplement containing probiotioc bacteria isolated from the bacterial flora of
                    the infant gastrointestinal tract. These will prime the gastrointestinal tract to promote the
                    optimal maturation of theinfant gut mucosal immune system and minimise subsequent
                    allergic sensitivities. The project will thus enhance thehealth of infants suffering from
                    food allergy and intolerance - an important section of the population.Research
                    objectives are to identify key micro-organisms; develop a product comprising these
                    micro-organisms; carryout safety testing and design and implement at least three clinical
                    trials of the product before launching it in the marketplace.

 Key Action         QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

 Start date         20/12/2000                                                            End date       20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     DR SUE PLUMMER                                                           Company size           S3
                    CULTECH LIMITED
                    YORK CHAMBERS, YORK STREET
                    SA1 3NJ - SWANSEA
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 4401639825100
                    Fax: 01639825101
                    Email: cultech@btinternet.com
 SME Proposer(s)
                    TERAPI CONSULT.AS.                                           Norway                             S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01374
Acronym              BEGRÜNUNGSWERKSTOFF
 Proposal title      Development of vegetation media made from renewable raw materials for
                     reclamation of eroded Mediterranean areas in combination with reuse of treated
                     waste water

 Abstract            Erosion is a problem of global dimensions. In Europe especially the Mediterranean
                     countries are affected. The objective of the project is to develop media forsimultaneous
                     prevention of erosion and the ehancement of a vegetation cover. Thevegetation media
                     will be made from locally grown raw materials. Special focus willbe the improvement of the
                      plate's ability to draw humidity from the air. Fieldtests will be made locally. A specified
                     irrigation system using treated wastewater will be developed especially for application of
                     the media under aridconditions. The media are planned to be produced by regional
                     enterprises andmarketed for covering roadside slopes, devastated mining areas and other
                     purposes.Additionally to the positive effects directly on the environment also positive
                     results are expected on employment. Overproduction of food can be reduced byalternative
                     products. Other aspects of a positive regional development will alsobe covered.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          11/12/2000                                                           End date      11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator      Dr Joachim NIKLAS                               Company size                               S2
                     OEKOTEC GESELLSCHAFT FUER BIOLOGISCHE UND OEKOLOGISCHE
                     TECHNOLOGIEMBH
                     Rosa-Lusemburg-Str. 89
                     PO Box 1135
                     14806 - Belzig
                     Germany
                     Phone: 493384143828
                     Fax: 493384143829
                     Email: otec-@t-online.de
                     Internet: http://www.oekotec-eco-engineering
 SME Proposer(s)
                     KOURTPARASIDIS ANTONIOS                                     Greece                         S1




                                       Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01403
Acronym             LABCHIP
Proposal title      DIAGNOSTICS LAB ON A CHIP

Abstract            The problem is increasing demand on healthcare systems, for reasons including the ageing
                    European population and the availability of more diagnostic tests due to the human
                    genome project. For this a rapid, cost effective solution is required. We propose to develop
                     a diagnostics lab on a chip. LabChip will greatly accelerate the diagnostics process by
                    miniaturisation and increased detection sensitivity by integrating multiplex molecular
                    biology with dielectrophoresis, Brownian ratchets and micro electro mechanical systems.
                    This will allow several genetic tests to be conducted at the point of care. Cooperative
                    research across Europe will enable this, gathering skills and reflecting healthcare in
                    different member states. The deliverable will be a working chip for chosen diseases ( e.g.
                    salmonella) ready for validation and legislative approval. The technology will then be
                    applied to other diagnostics.

Key Action          QOL-3. Key action The "Cell factory"

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date      20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR ALEX BATCHELOR                                                        Company size          S2
                    ATTOLAB LIMITED
                    51 BURY STREET
                    HA475X - RUISLIP
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441895621013
                    Fax: 441895621015
                    Email: ALEX@ZEPTOGEN.COM
                    Internet: WWW.ATTOLAB.COM
SME Proposer(s)
                    MEDIATORS DIAGNOSTIKA GMBH                                   Austria                           S2




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01407
Acronym             NEW INSECT CONTROL
Proposal title      Replacement of insecticide treatment on apples by pheromone based bio-control
                    approach.

Abstract            Codling moth (Laspyresia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples throughout Europe and
                    may damage a high proportion of fruits making them unsaleable. Current practice uses a
                    pheromone based monitoring system to optimise the timing of an insecticide spray. We
                    propose to achieve control of codling moth population in an organic orchard by using a
                    system which will act over a full season consistingof a pheromone lure ta attract male
                    moths to a station containing a suitable slow acting agent which the moth will pick up
                    before release back into the natural population. The prolonged transfer af such a material
                    ta the population will give sufficient control allied to the fact that beneficial insects will
                    not be exposed to insecticide and will then thrive thus permitting sufficient control of
                    the pest that no further action be required. This model approach, when proven, will then
                    be directly applicable to all orchard systems and many other situation where moth initited
                    damage is important.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                              End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                 Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     MR DAVID WILLIAM HARTLEY                                                   Company size          S2
                    INTERNATIONAL PHEROMONE SYSTEMS LIMITED
                    UNITS *10-15 MEADOW LANE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
                    CH65 4TY - ELLESMERE PORT, SOUTH WIRRAL
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 00441513572655
                    Fax: 00441513550299
SME Proposer(s)
                    PLANPROTECT                                                    Spain                             S2




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01410
Acronym             DODD
Proposal title      Development of a careful operating debridement device

Abstract            Life expectancy in Europe increases steadily. This leads to an increase of age-specific
                    diseases. To this category come among others diabetes and venous insufficiency. These
                    ailments are a concomitant of difficult to cure wounds. Extensive wounds can be caused by
                    diseases such as diabetes and venous insufficiency as well as by accidents e.g. burns, dirt
                    tattoo etc. Goal of the proposed project is the development of a device to clean extensive
                    wounds b using a mild water jet which can be used from cutting over to rinsing, washing or
                    stimulating a wound. It willhave an integrated shielding and exhauster system in order to
                    avoid contaminating the environs. The complele unit must be compact designed and
                    affordable to normal doctors in order to guarantee a most broad exploitation. So that as
                    many sick people as possible can gain the envisaged advantage of the treatment.

Key Action          QOL-GEN. Generic activities

Start date          20/11/2000                                                          End date         20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 4 months

SME Coordinator     Mr Rainer LUIG                                                         Company size           S3
                    O + F A-LINE GMBH
                    Horlecke 42
                    59706 - Menden
                    Germany
                    Phone: 49237316090
                    Fax: 492373160999
                    Internet: http://www.of-menden.de
SME Proposer(s)
                    HUMECA BV                                                   The Netherlands                   S4

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
                    31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.
                    29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update       18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01412
Acronym             CYPRALL
Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDISED EXTRACT FOR DIAGNOSIS/THERAPY OF
                    CYPRESS POLLEN ALLERGY AND SELECTION OF LESS ALLERGENIC
CYPRESS
                    PLANTS

Abstract            Allergic diseases have been increasing in industrialized countries, affecting more than 20% of
                    European population. In particular pollen from Cupressus spp. plants, frequently used in
                    the pastyears in several reafforestation programs, is emerging as severe cause of pollinosis.
                     Unfortunatelythe lack of a standardised Cupressus pollen extract for diagnostic use as well
                    as its early period ofimpollination ( november -march) makes difficult an exact diagnosis,
                    mistaking allergic symptomsfor seasonal illness. Our research project purposes to reach
                    three main goals: a) to determine thedistribution of various Cupressus spp. throughout
                    Mediterranean Europe and their impact onpollinosis; b) to develop a standardised
                    Cupressus pollen extract for improving diagnosispossibilities and as a needed premise for
                    preparing a therapeutic vaccine; c) to select Cupressusspp. clones plants with low allergen
                    content and for low pollen production and/or restricted periodof impollination.

Key Action          QOL-4. Key action Environment and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     PRESIDENT RUBENS VAGLIO                                                 Company size        S4
                    LOFARMA S.P.A.
                    VIALE VASSALA 40
                    20143 - MILANO
                    Italy
                    Phone: 00392581981
                    Fax: 0039258198217
                    Email: LOFAMMI@MICRONET.IT
                    Internet: WWW.LOFARMA.IT
SME Proposer(s)
                    C.B.F. LETI, S.A.                                           Spain                           S4

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas
Comments            WE NEED THE INVOLVEMENT AS INDUSTRIAL PARTNER OF A FIRM OPERATING
                    ASNURSERY PLANTS AND VARIOUS RESEARCH GROUPS WITH DIFFERENT
                    SCIENTIFICEXPERIENCE (BOTANICS, CHEMISTS, IMMUNOLOGISTICS) AND
                    ALLERGOLOGISTISFOR CLINICAL TRIALS.




                                        Last update    18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01416
Acronym             MOSTO
Proposal title      A NOVEL ROUTE TO WINE CASKS FOR WHISKEY PRODUCTION

Abstract            The use of wine casks (notably ex-sherry casks) in the Distilling industries is atan all time
                    low (typically less than 5% of total inventory), despite their products being held in high
                    regard by consumers. An innovative process is proposed that will allow significant cost
                    reductions in the manufacture of these casks, limitation of variation in quality, and there
                    will be no requirement for wine fermentation in cask. The process is based upon the use of
                    high tannin, coarse grain oak (fast growth) and seasoning with natural enzymes. The lead
                    in time for delivery of arders will be reduced to 1 month and there will be no low-grade
                    wine left as a by product. The benefits could lead to much greater use of these casks in
                    Distilling industries. There should be significant benefits for SME producers throughout the
                     production chain.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     DR JAMES SWAN                                                           Company size            S3
                    R . R . TATLOCK AND THOMSON
                    THE OLD CORN EXCHANGE4 HOPE STREET
                    KY11 1LW - INVERKEITHING
                    United Kingdom
                    Phone: 441383411017
                    Fax: 441383411018
                    Email: Jim.swan@btinternet.com
SME Proposer(s)
                    ETS ROBERT STIERNON SA                                       Belgium                            S3

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      2 - Forestry, logging and related service activities
                    15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    20 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of
                     articles of straw and plaiting materials
Comments



                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01437
Acronym             HEMPACK
Proposal title      Project on the Cycle/chain of plant fibres starting from production up the
                    processing and transformation into biodegradable packing products.

Abstract            The proposal is aimed at design of a complete Cycle/chain for plant fibres (hemp, linen,
                    kenaf, sorghum etc.). The successive stages of the cycle are: cultivation and harvesting;
                    processing and conversion to obtain a part-processed product for use as a raw material in
                    the manufacture of biodegradable packaging for "organic" food products. The Project is
                    proposed with a view to offering a final product/result obtained from plant sources and
                    biodegradable as an alternative to the throw-away plastic packaging currently widely used.
                    The resulting product will contribute to reduction in waste arising in both manufacture and
                    at the consumer level, in addition to reducing the health risks involved in processing,
                    handling and contact with plastic raw materials. Attainment of the final result (Step 2,
                    CRAFT) will be guaranteed by the strategies and work methodologies adopted for carrying
                    out of the project, aimed at integration between research and production and synergies
                    between the various European partners (the SME proposers of Step 1 and the partners to be
                    sought for Step 2, to complete the consortium) working in the fields of agriculture,
                    industry and commerce.

Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 12 months

SME Coordinator     DR. VALERIO BINDI                                 Company size                                   S3
                    SOCIETA' PRODUZIONE ERBE DISIDRATESOCIETA' COOPERATIVA A
                    RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA
                    VIA FAENTINA N.106
                    48100 - RAVENNA
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390544501640
                    Fax: 390544464658
                    Email: Sopred@legacoop.ra.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    VERNARO GMBH                                                  Germany                            S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas
Comments            Partners as experts are in specific fields: .Research, for the fields of plant fibre and plant
                    fibre processing. Type ot partner: research organisation/laboratory or University.
                    .Agro-industry, for processing of the plant fibre. Type of partner: SME. .Industry, to
                    manufacture packaging. Type of partner: SME. .Multiple retailer, for use and dissemination
                    of the final product. Type of partner: SME.



                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01445
Acronym              PROFFS
 Proposal title      Pollution and Recovery of Fish Farm Sediments

 Abstract            In order to prevent interactions between fish farms and the marine environment showing
                     adverse effects on economy (diseases, low quality etc.) mitigation strategies are urgently
                     needed. One promising strategy is the transfer of fish farms, which might relieve
                     organically burdened sediment leading to improved production. There is, however a lack
                     of information on the effects of these measures, i.e. in semi-enclosed and none-tidal
                     systems. Therefore, a major goal of the proposed work is to characterise and model the
                     change of the benthos at different study sites once the point source of organic enrichment,
                      i.e. the fish farm, has been removed or established, respectively. Specific objectives should
                      include documentation and quantificationof the changes ocurring in terms of
                     biogeochemistry, benthos, and fish pathogens, and to develop a predictive model to
                     optirnise balance between biomass production and product quality.

 Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)         Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator      Dr. Levent PIKER                                                         Company size            S2
                     COASTAL RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT
                     Tiessenkai 12
                     24159 - Kiel-Holtenau
                     Germany
                     Phone: 494347708714
                     Fax: 494347708715
                     Email: crm@crm-online.de
                     Internet: www.crm-online.de
 SME Proposer(s)
                     INSTITUTE GOUNARI. CHEMICAL AND                               Greece                             S2
                     MICROBIOLOGICAL ANALYSISAND
                     ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH.




                                        Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01455
Acronym             SEMMEP
Proposal title      Establishment and operation of a pilot cell factory for the production of SEcondary
                    Metabolites from MEdicinal Plants, in particular antioxidants

Abstract            This research proposal is focused on plant biotechnology. The main objective of the project
                    is the establishment of an in vitro cell factory from medicinal plants in order to produce
                    secondary metabolites which are useful for the agricultural, food, pharmaceutical and
                    cosmetics sectors. The main steps to be followed are: a) in vitro culture of Labiatae
                    species, b) regeneration, somatic embryogenesis and micropropagation, and c) enhanced
                    production of secondary metabolites in vitro biotransformation) molecular markets of
                    clonal propagation and in vitro production. Seeds and plants of Labiatae species will be
                    collected, a combination of various plant growth regulators, nutrient media and culture
                    conditions will be investigated and various protocols for plant regeneration. and tissue
                    cultures will be studied. Furthermore, protocols for somaclonal will be developed, isolation
                    and chemical characterisation of the natural products in vitro produced will be conducted
                    using Flash Chromatography, HPLC, GS, NMR, etc. and molecular markers (protein and
                    genomic) will be developed and used. Trial tests will be carried out for evaluating the
                    quality profile of the gained products.

Key Action          QOL-3. Key action The "Cell factory"

Start date          20/11/2000                                                           End date       20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 8 months

SME Coordinator     MR. Georgios SOVATZOGLOU                                                Company size           S3
                    MICROGROW LTD
                    62 Hearklidon
                    141 21 - Neo Heraklio-Athens
                    Greece
                    Phone: 3012791246
                    Fax: 3012773216
                    Email: info@microgrow.gr
SME Proposer(s)
                    EURO- TISS V.O.F.                                           The Netherlands                    S3

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
                    15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages
                    24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Comments




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                   Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01484
Acronym             BIONIRS
Proposal title      NIR-MEASUREMENT-TECHNIQUE of NORGANIC-Concentration IN
                    AGRICULTURE-SOILS

Abstract            The objective of the project is to develop a NIR measurement-technique for the economical
                    and scientific use in agriculture. The background is the necessity to measure the total
                    effective and available N_Organic, the residue of N_Fertiliser and C/N-proportions in soils,
                     peat and composts onplant-fields and plantations in order to get a fast, cheap and
                    complete overview about the soil situation regarding the nitrogen content. This is not
                    possible when using only wet-chemical analytics. The non-controlled use of fertiliser in the
                     cultivating of food-plant affects not only the health of human life when involving high
                    concentrations of nitrogen in tood-chain and ground water, but also fauna and flora in
                    rivers and lakes. The project combines the economic advantages for farmers to ecological
                    ones, for e.g. for nature sanctuaries and polluted lakes and rivers.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                            End date      20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)               Duration Exploratory Phase 6 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. Wolfgang BECKER                                                     Company size           S2
                    WMM SENSORIK GMBH & CO. KG
                    Weiherstr. 31
                    76327 - Pfinztal
                    Germany
                    Phone: 497219463570
                    Fax: 497219463508
                    Email: w.becker@wmm-kg.de
                    Internet: www.wmm-kg.de
SME Proposer(s)
                    OEKO-DATENSERVICE GESMBH                                    Austria                            S3




                                      Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                         Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                  Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01502
Acronym             H.E.R.M.O.S.A.
Proposal title      High Efficiency and Remote Management Oxygenation System for Aquaculture

Abstract            Aquaculture is an expanding zootechnical sector without high-tech content.Water
                    oxygenation process may affect land-based fish-farming.Mediterranean productionmainly
                    depends on land-based and under-coast plants.EXPLORATORY PHASE(3months/30,
                    000euro) aims to evaluate high-tech market request.SME proposers try to expandtheir
                    business joining with specialized enterprises too.CRAFTPHASE(2months/200,000 euro)
                    aims to:l.reduce oxygen consumption(80%,90%);2.reducefish-pathology risk; 3.increase
                    product quality;4.reduce management cost. Projectallows to develop an innovative System
                    with a special oxygen dosingcell(efficiency=100%)and on-line water quality
                    sensors.supplied by sun power.Amicand Siegert SME proposers intend to employ. many
                    resources to exploit project bestresults in the shortest time.Other partners:Sirtis (Res.
                    Institute expected), FermeAquacole and La Cosa, (SME end-users expected). Sought
                    expertises:"fish-biology andaquaculture economy"; SME or Res. Institutes

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                          End date      20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)              Duration Exploratory Phase 3 months

SME Coordinator     Dr. Anna Rita GAZZARI                                                 Company size          S2
                    AMIC MICROSISTEMI PER L'AMBIENTE
                    Via Greto di Cornigliano 6
                    16152 - Genova
                    Italy
                    Phone: 390106563251
                    Fax: 390106563251
                    Email: amic_microsistemi@tin.it
                    Internet: www.amic_microsistemi.it
SME Proposer(s)
                    SIEGERT ELECTRONIC GMBH                                    Germany                          S4

                       Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Comments




                                      Last update     18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                           Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                            Proposal number EXAW-1999-01535
Acronym             MIPROGAPOREX
Proposal title      DEVELOPMENT OF A INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR LIVESTOCK EXTENSIVE
                    EXPLOITATION.

Abstract            The Objetive of this proposal is to establish the scientific base of the possibleproblems
                    which may arise in the development of an Integrated Extensive Breeding System which has
                     not been standarised yec in the countries of the E.U., regions in order to obtain high
                    quality, healthy products derived from pigs bred at large taking advantage of stubble from
                    biological cultivation, pastures and other agricultural and forest fruit. This research will
                    study the conditions and will define the following parameters; technologica, genetic.
                    economic, environmental, nourishing, sanitary and animal welfare.

Key Action          QOL-5. Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date          20/11/2000                                                             End date     20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project Cooperative Research (CRAFT)                Duration Exploratory Phase 5 months

SME Coordinator     Sr. ANTONIO CARRETERO                                                    Company size          S2
                    S. A.T. EL MESTO
                    C/ Santisimo Cristo, 16
                    06176 - LA PARRA (BADAJOZ)
                    Spain
                    Phone: 34924671708
                    Fax: 34924671009
SME Proposer(s)
                    IBERGENETICA, SOCIEDADE AGROPECURIA DE                      Portugal                           S2
                    PORTUGAL

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas      1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
Comments            This proposal was submitted to the previous call on 15 September 1999, with Dossier No.
                    EXAW-1999-00701 and has been modified according to the insructions of the Expert
                    Panel.




                                       Last update      18/6/2001
SME Specific Measures                          Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
                                    Exploratory Award
                             Proposal number EXAW-1999-01537
Acronym              REDUCTGERMS
 Proposal title      NEW SYSTEM FOR THE REDUCTION OF GERMS, BACTERIA AND ODD
                     SUBSTANCES IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF VEGETABLE PRODUCTS INTO
                     DEHYDRATED AND READY-MADE FOOD

 Abstract            ABSTRACT In the industry of vegable dehydrated products, the current processes used for
                     the reduction of thebacteriological load (boiling, whitening) in certain products with a high
                     microbian level (due to the fact that they are born under the ground), are inefficient since
                     they alter their organoleptic characteristics and their molecular structure. As a final
                     objective of this project, it is intended to obtain a new procedure for the production of
                     dehydrated vegetables with a total count of less than 100.000 germs in plaque. This new
                     procedure would range from the field work, at the mont of harvesting, to the processing
                     work, introducing technological improvements in the harvesting machines, as well as in parts
                      of the processing, washing and whitening lines. This would be done by causing a thermic
                     effect in the fresh product before its dehydration, which would affect the critical points
                     where the microbiologicalcontamination is higher. This should not affect any organoleptic
                      parameter in the final product.

 Key Action          QOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

 Start date          20/11/2000                                                          End date        20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 project RTD Project (Collaborative Research)        Duration Exploratory Phase 9 months

SME Coordinator      Mrs. Ma DOLORES SERRANO                                                Company size        S4
                     AGROTECNICA EXTREMENA, S.L.
                     CTRA. EX 209 BADAJOZ-MONTIJO, Km 24,9
                     06184 - PUEBLONUEVO DEL GUADIANA (BADAJOZ )
                     Spain
                     Phone: 34924474157
                     Fax: 92434474174
                     Email: Agrotex@joca.es
 SME Proposer(s)
                     NETAGCO WUELHMAUS HASSIA LANDMASCHINEN
                     Germany                               S3
                     VERTIEBS GMBH

                        Profile of partners for joining the project
 Business areas
 Comments            Companies involved in freeze dried and air dried products




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