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Quality of life and management of living resources


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2nd EDITION, DEC 1999  A_PG1_EN_200001.doc


The Guide for Proposers is part of  the  information  necessary  to  make  a
proposal for a programme under the Fifth Framework Programme. It  will  help
you to locate the programme which is of interest to  you  and  will  provide
the necessary guidance on how  to  submit  a  proposal  and  the  forms  for
proposal submission. It is divided into two main parts and four sections.

      PART 1
      Section I describes the overall priorities, goals  and  structures  of
      the Fifth Framework Programme.

      Section II describes the priorities and  objectives  of  the  Specific
      Programme on Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources.

      Section III outlines the main rules which define who  may  participate
      in the Fifth Framework Programme, and the general conditions for  this

      PART 2
      Section IV provides detailed information for each  CALL FOR  PROPOSALS
      for the programme Quality of Life and Management of Living  Resources,
      as well as proposal submission forms.

The additional documents you will need to prepare a proposal are :

The Work Programme for the Specific Programme  you  are  applying  for.  The
Work Programme provides the  description  of  the  content  of  the  action
lines or research objectives,  which  are  open  for  proposals,  and  an
indicative timetable for programme implementation (roadmap).

The Call for Proposals as published in the Official Journal of the  European
Communities. This will tell you which action lines are  open  for  proposals
and what the deadline for the proposal submission is.

The Evaluation Manual (as well as programme specific guidelines that may  be
included in Part 2 of this Guide). These documents will provide  details  of
which criteria will be used in the evaluation of proposals, which weight  is
attributed to each of the criteria and where appropriate  the  threshold  to
be attained in order to be retained. You can use the evaluation  manual  and
the guidelines as a checklist for the completeness of your proposal.

The Guide for  Proposers,  including  the  proposal  submissions  forms,  is
together with the Work Programme, the Call for Proposals and the  Evaluation
Manual the Information Package for a Call. This  Guide  for  Proposers  also
contains references to other documents, reports, forms  and  software  tools
which are of assistance in the preparation of proposals. They are  available
on CORDIS: http://www.cordis.lu.

  This Guide for Proposers does not supersede the rules and conditions laid
   out, in particular, in Council and Parliament Decisions relevant to the
  Fifth Framework Programme, the various Specific Programmes nor the Calls
                     for Proposals in these Programmes.

                              Contents  PART 1

Foreword    2
PART 1      3
I. The Fifth Framework Programme  3
  I.1. Objectives      3
  I.2. Structure and contents     3
  I.3. Implementation  4
Box 1 - Bursaries for young researchers from Developing Countries   6
Box 2 - The System of Marie Curie Fellowships      7
II. The Specific Programme: Quality of Life and Management of Living
Resources   8
  II.1. Programme objectives 8
  II.2. Programme strategy   8
  II.3. Programme structure and contents      8
  II.4. Synergies with other programmes 10
  II.5. Implementation of the programme 10
  II.6. References     11
III. Participation in activities in the Fifth Framework Programme   12
  III.1. The participants    12
  III.2. Proposal submission 12
  III.3. Proposal evaluation 13
  III.4. Proposal selection  14
  III.5. The contract  14
  III.6. Project follow-up   15
  III.7. Financial contribution of the Community   16
  III.8. Assistance available to proposers    16
Box 3 - Co-operation with non-EU Countries and International
Organisations    18
Box 4 - Participation from non-EU countries in FP5 19
Box 5 - Main milestones of the selection process   20
BOX 6 - Indicative Typology of Contracts     21
Box 7 - Methods for the calculation of EC funding  22
BOX 8 - Intellectual Property Rights    23
Box 9 - Key recommendations  24
Notes - PART 1   25

2nd EDITION, DEC 1999  A_PG1_EN_200001.doc

This  second  edition  introduces  no  substantial  changes  concerning  the
information given to proposers in the March 1999 edition.  Improvements  are
the results of experience with the use of the March 1999 edition.


I. The Fifth Framework Programme[i]

I.1. Objectives

The Fifth Framework Programme, adopted on 22nd December  1998,  defines  the
Community activities in the field  of  research,  technological  development
and demonstration (hereafter referred to as  RTD)  for  the  period  1998-
The Fifth Framework Programme differs from its  predecessors.  It  has  been
conceived to help solve problems and  to  respond  to  major  socio-economic
challenges facing the European Union. It focuses  on  a  limited  number  of
objectives and areas combining technological, industrial,  economic,  social
and cultural aspects.
Priorities have been chosen according to three basic principles  which  will
apply for all levels: the Framework  Programme  as  a  whole,  the  Specific
Programmes  implementing  it  and  the  RTD  activities  covered  by   those
European value added and  the  subsidiarity  principle,  for  example,  to
reach a critical mass or  contribute  to  solving  problems  of  a  European

Social objectives, such as quality of life, employment or protection of  the
environment in order to meet the expectations and concerns  of  the  Unions

3. Economic development and scientific and technological prospects in  order
   to contribute to  the  harmonious  and  sustainable  development  of  the
   European Union as a whole.

I.2. Structure and contents

The Fifth Framework Programme consists  of  seven  Specific  Programmes,  of
which four are Thematic Programmes and three are Horizontal Programmes.
The Thematic Programmes are :
4. Quality of life and management of living resources
5. User-friendly information society
6. Competitive and sustainable growth
7. Energy, environment and sustainable development.

In line with the provisions set out in the EC  Treaty,  the  widely  ranging
Horizontal Programmes underpin and complement these Thematic Programmes.
The Horizontal Programmes are:
8. Confirming the international role of Community research
9. Promotion of innovation and encouragement of participation of  small  and
   medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
10. Improving human research  potential  and  the  socio-economic  knowledge

One essential new characteristic of the Fifth  Framework  Programme  is  the
integrated, problem-solving approach. Integration is strengthened  at  three
 > By the key action concept in the Thematic  Programmes.  Key  actions  are
   major innovations of the Fifth Framework Programme. They will enable  the
   many and varied aspects of the economic and social issues to be targeted,
   by integrating the entire spectrum of activities and  disciplines  needed
   to achieve the objectives.
1. By integration between Horizontal and Thematic Programmes objectives.
   International co-operation
   Participation  by  entities  of  third   countries   and   international
   organisations  will  be  possible  in  all  Programmes  in  addition  to
   opportunities for participating in the Horizontal Programme  Confirming
   the  international  role  of   Community   research.   Conditions   for
   participation, including possible financial arrangements, are  specified
   in section III of this document. Box 1 describes the  opportunities  for
   bursaries for young researchers from developing countries.
   Innovation and participation of SMEs
   Measures encouraging SME participation in RTD activities will be carried
   out in all Thematic Programmes and the  Innovation  and  SME  programme.
   Details  on  SME  stimulation  measures  will  be  found  in  a  special
   information  brochure  devoted  to  them.  In  addition,  each  Thematic
   Programme will interface with the  Horizontal  Programme  Promotion  of
   innovation and encouragement of SME participation in order  to  develop
   awareness and help technology transfer and use of  the  results  of  the
   Thematic Programme.
   Socio-economic and training aspects
   Socio-economic research can be funded by both  the  Thematic  Programmes
   and by the key action on Improving the socio-economic  knowledge  base
   of the Horizontal Programme Improving the human research potential  and
   the socio-economic knowledge base. Socio-economic research  is  present
   in the Thematic Programmes as an  integral  part  of  the  technological
   research activities. Training opportunities for researchers are  assured
   through the Marie Curie system of fellowships that can be implemented by
   Thematic Programmes as well as by other specific training activities  in
   the Human Potential  Programme.  The  fellowships  system  is  described
   schematically in Box 2.
By integration between Thematic Programmes.  Complementary  and  synergistic
interactions will be ensured in implementing the Programmes.

I.3. Implementation

I.3.1. Work Programme

A Work Programme has been drawn up for each Specific  Programme,  describing
the specific activities and the various research areas. The  Work  Programme
will be  revised  regularly  with  the  assistance  of  Advisory  Groups  of
independent experts to ensure  its  continued  relevance  in  the  light  of
evolving  needs  and  developments.  Potential  proposers  should  therefore
ensure they are consulting the current version of the  work  programme  when
planning a proposal. The Work Programme appearing at the Specific  Programme
Web site is always the current version.
The Work Programme includes an  indicative  timetable  or  roadmap,  which
indicates which parts of the Work Programme will be  opened,  by  calls  for
proposals, and deadline(s) involved.  This  provides  a  means  of  focusing
attention on  areas  or  sub-areas,  thereby  optimising  opportunities  for
launching collaborative projects and establishing thematic networks.
The Commission will manage the Specific Programmes to ensure that  links  in
thematic content between the programmes are exploited in a synergistic  way.
This may occasionally require joint or  synchronised  calls  for  proposals.
Where necessary, co-ordination measures such as these will be  indicated  in
the announcement of the calls for proposals, and in the Work Programme.

I.3.2. Types of actions supported

The  Community  will  contribute  financially  to  the  RTD[ii]  activities,
carried out under the  Specific  Programmes  implemented  within  the  Fifth
Framework Programme. The general rules[iii] are as follows:

(a) Shared-cost actions

Research  and  technological  development  (R&D)  projects[iv]     projects
obtaining new knowledge intended to develop or improve  products,  processes
or services and/or to  meet  the  needs  of  Community  policies  (financial
participation: 50 % of total eligible costs4,[v]).
Demonstration projects4  projects designed to prove the  viability  of  new
technologies offering potential  economic  advantage  but  which  cannot  be
commercialised directly (financial participation: 35  %  of  total  eligible
Combined R&D and  demonstration  projects4  projects  combining  the  above
elements (financial participation: 35 to 50 % of total eligible costs4,5).
Support for access to research infrastructures    (only  implemented  under
Improving the human research potential  and  the  socio-economic  knowledge
base  IHP Programme) actions enhancing access to research  infrastructures
for Community researchers. Support will  cover  maximum  of  100  %  of  the
eligible costs necessary for the action.
SME Co-operative research projects4  projects  enabling  at  least  three
mutually independent SMEs from at least two  Member  States  or  one  Member
State and an Associated State to jointly commission research carried out  by
a third party (financial participation:  50  %  of  total  eligible  project
SME Exploratory awards  support of 75 % of total eligible  costs[vi]  for
an exploratory phase of a project of  up  to  12  months  (e.g.  feasibility
studies, validation, partner search).

(b) Training fellowships

Marie  Curie  fellowships   are   either   fellowships,   where   individual
researchers apply directly to the Commission,  or  host  fellowships,  where
institutions  apply   to   host   a   number   of   researchers   (financial
participation: maximum of 100 % of the additional eligible  costs  necessary
for the action[vii]). See Box 2.
The decisions on the specific programmes may define specific  sub  types  of
actions for example: the programme Confirming  the  international  role  of
Community research  INCO 2 - defines bursaries for young researchers  from
developing countries and other bursaries for researchers from the EU  Member
States or Associated States as specific training fellowships. See Box 1.

(c) Research training networks and thematic networks

- Training networks for promoting  training-through-research  especially  of
researchers at pre-doctoral and  at  post-doctoral  level  (these  are  only
implemented under the IHP Programme) - and thematic  networks  for  bringing
together e.g. manufacturers, users, universities, research centres around  a
given S&T objective. These include co-ordination networks between  Community
funded  projects.  Support  will  cover  maximum  100%  of  eligible   costs
necessary for setting up and maintaining such networks.

(d) Concerted actions

Actions co-ordinating RTD projects already in receipt of  national  funding,
for  example  to  exchange  experiences,  to  reach  a  critical  mass,   to
disseminate results etc. (financial participation: maximum of 100 %  of  the
eligible costs necessary for the action).

(e) Accompanying measures

Actions contributing to the implementation of a Specific  Programme  or  the
preparation of future activities of the programme. They will  also  seek  to
prepare  for  or  to  support  other   indirect   RTD   actions   (financial
participation: maximum of 100 % of total eligible costs).
Each Specific Programme will not necessarily open all  the  above  mentioned
types of actions in all calls. Please refer to sections II  and  Part  2  of
this Guide to see which actions are called for in the  different  programmes
and calls.

I.3.3 Clusters

The cluster is a defined group of RTD projects.  Its  aim  is  to  guarantee
complementarity among projects, to maximise European added  value  within  a
given field and to establish a critical mass of resources  at  the  European
An integrated approach towards research  fields  and  projects  financed  is
needed  to  solve  complex  multidisciplinary  problems   effectively.   The
clusters  reflect  this  problem-solving  approach.  Indeed,  in  a  cluster
projects  are  joined  together  because  they  complement  each  other   in
addressing major objectives in the context of a  key  action  or  a  generic
activity  (sometimes  even  across  different  key   actions   or   specific
programmes).  Clusters  are  expected  to  optimise  scientific  networking,
management, co-ordination, monitoring, the exchange of information  and,  on
voluntary basis, the exploitation and dissemination activities. The  cluster
may thus  become  a  natural  process  to  generate  European  added  value,
wherever it makes  sense,  beyond  the  limited  resources  of  an  isolated
All types of projects can be assembled  and  integrated  within  a  cluster,
including those funded by different EU RTD activities (key  action,  generic
activity, infrastructure). By the same token, and  as  part  of  an  overall
European approach,  relevant  activities  under  other  research  frameworks
(notably EUREKA, COST) could also be taken into account  whenever  this  can
reinforce synergy. Clusters will be set  up  through  thematic  networks  or
complementary clauses.

I.3.4. Gender equal opportunities

In line with the Commissions  strategic  approach  of  mainstreaming  equal
opportunities in all Union policies, particular  account  is  taken  in  the
Fifth Framework Programme of the need to promote the participation of  women
in the fields of research and  technological  development.  Therefore  women
are encouraged to participate in  proposals  for  the  above  mentioned  RTD

Box 1 - Bursaries for young researchers from Developing Countries

When preparing a joint research proposal1 or concerted action  proposal  for
submission to any of  the  programmes,  a  consortium  may,  if  it  wishes,
include an application for an international co-operation training  bursary2.
These bursaries will be funded from the budget  of  the  Specific  Programme
Confirming the International Role of Community Research and  are  intended
to allow young researchers from  Developing  Countries,  including  Emerging
Economies and Mediterranean Partner Countries3 to work for up  to  6  months
in a European research  institute  participating  in  a  FP-5  project.  The
bursaries will be granted for training activities only (e.g.  to  allow  the
applicant to learn a new scientific technique or for work  on  a  particular
experiment or set of experiments where the host institution  has  particular
expertise and which cannot be performed  in  the  home  institution  of  the

The bursary  application  must  be  submitted  together  with  the  proposal
application and will be evaluated together with it. Spontaneous,  individual
bursary  applications  will  not  be  accepted.  Inclusion  of   a   bursary
application will neither enhance nor detract from the chances of success  of
the proposal. Only if the whole proposal is selected  for  funding  and  the
bursary application is highly rated, will the bursary  be  granted.  A  poor
bursary application can be rejected without harming the chances  of  success
of the proposal.

In order to be eligible, the bursary applicant must  not  be  more  than  40
years of age at the time of application, must be a national of  one  of  the
eligible countries3 and be established  and  working  in  that  country  and
intending to return there at the end of the  training  period.  She/he  must
also have a good knowledge of a working  language  of  the  host  institute.
Applications from female researchers are encouraged.

The host institute must be established in an EU Member State or in  a  State
Associated to FP-54 and must be a member of  the  consortium  proposing  the
research project or concerted action.

Eligible bursary applications will be evaluated according to the  excellence
of the  scientific  and/or  training  objectives  of  the  application,  its
potential value to the applicant and his/her institute and  to  the  project
as a whole, as well as the  experience  and  professional  training  of  the

The 6 month training period may start at any time up to 12 months  from  the
Commission signature of the main project  contract.  A  fixed  sum  will  be
granted to cover the cost of one  (apex)  return  fare  from  the  place  of
origin of the candidate to the host institute, and  a  daily  allowance  for
the duration of the training period (based on  the  rates  for  Marie  Curie
Fellowships, see the corresponding brochure for applicants).

1 Research and Technological Development projects, Demonstration projects
and Combined projects (see point I.3.2.a)
2 Application forms can be downloaded from the CORDIS web site page
(http://www.cordis.lu/fp5) for the Calls to which you reply, or ordered
from the Programmes information desk.
3 Developing countries are: African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) countries,
Asian and Latin American (ALA) countries, Mediterranean countries (MC).
4 For the list of Associated States, see box 4.

                Box 2  The System of Marie Curie Fellowships

|                                                                        |
|As described below, there are two types of application for a Marie Curie|
|Fellowship: individual fellowships, where individual researchers apply  |
|to the Commission for a fellowship; and host fellowships, where         |
|institutions apply to the Commission to host a number of researchers.   |
|                                                                        |
|Individual Fellowships:                                                 |
|                                                                        |
|Marie Curie Individual Fellowships                                      |
|Fellowships for young researchers at post-doctoral level or equivalent  |
|                                                                        |
|Marie Curie Return Fellowships                                          |
|Fellowships for Marie Curie Fellows, originating from a less-favoured   |
|region, to return to a less favoured region of their home country after |
|their initial two year post-doctoral fellowship                         |
|                                                                        |
|Marie Curie Experienced Researchers Fellowships                         |
|Fellowships for experienced researchers: for the transfer of expertise  |
|and technology between (i) industry and academia and (ii) towards       |
|less-favoured regions of the European Community.                        |
|                                                                        |
|                                                                        |
|Host Fellowships:                                                       |
|                                                                        |
|Stays at Marie Curie Training Sites                                     |
|Giving young researchers pursuing doctoral studies the opportunity to   |
|spend part of their studies within an internationally recognised group, |
|in their specialised area of research.                                  |
|                                                                        |
|Marie Curie Development Host Fellowships                                |
|Fellowships for institutions located in less-favoured regions, which are|
|active in research and have a need to develop new areas of research     |
|competence, to host post-doctoral level researchers in the area of      |
|competence required.                                                    |
|                                                                        |
|Marie Curie Industry Host Fellowships                                   |
|Awarded to enterprises, including SMEs, for the training of young       |
|researchers, at postgraduate and post-doctoral level, in an industrial  |
|or commercial environment.  These fellowships particularly aim at       |
|providing research training opportunities for young researchers without |
|any previous industrial experience.                                     |
|                                                                        |
|Further information on the system of Marie Curie Fellowships and        |
|application forms may be obtained from its web site                     |
|(http://www.cordis.lu/improving/home.html) or from the IHP Programmes  |
|information desk.                                                       |

II. The Specific Programme: Quality of Life and Management of Living

II.1. Programme objectives

Economic and political developments  in  Europe  have  resulted  in  greater
prosperity, increased life expectancy and better working  conditions.  These
improvements have, however, been accompanied by challenges, such  as  higher
health-care costs,  an  ageing  population,  environmental  degradation  and
heightened ethical concerns. A gap has become increasingly  evident  between
the availability of natural resources and human  activities.  Paradoxically,
this has occurred just as there is an  "explosion"  in  the  knowledge  base
concerning the  structure  and  function  of  all  living  things,  pointing
towards new developments  in,  for  example,  health-care,  pharmaceuticals,
agriculture and food.
This programme aims to unlock the resources of the living world and  improve
the  quality  of  life.  To  achieve  this,  the  links  between  discovery,
production and end-use must be consolidated. The needs of  society  and  the
requirements of the  consumer  are  paramount  and  research  must  lead  to
quantifiable  future  wealth  and  job  creation,   while   respecting   the
principles of sustainable development.

II.2. Programme strategy

The strategy of this programme is to  focus  on  specific  areas  where  the
growing knowledge base should provide solutions  to  some  of  the  pressing
needs of society that need to be tackled on a  European  scale.  Fundamental
ethical values must be respected.
Based on the criteria laid down for selecting the major research themes  for
the Fifth Framework Programme, emphasis in this programme will be placed  on
the following:
European added value. This will be achieved by  addressing  specific  cross-
border challenges, such as improving  health  and  managing  and  exploiting
renewable  natural  resources.  Themes  such  as  drug   abuse,   biosafety,
bioethics and issues related to agriculture, forestry and  fisheries  should
reinforce the scientific base in support of Community policies. Indeed  many
of the activities addressed in the  programme,  such  as  genomic  research,
neurosciences, infectious  diseases,  ageing  and  disabilities  sustainable
management and  utilisation  of  forestry  resources,  fish  management  and
human, animal and plant diseases, due to  their  size  and  complexity,  are
more meaningful if they are addressed at the European level.
Social objectives. Research must be  developed  which  promotes  health  and
quality of life, secures safe and wholesome food, preserves and  restores  a
healthy environment, stimulates  rural  and  coastal  communities,  improves
response  to  consumer  needs  and  facilitates  information  flow  to   the
Economic development.  The  huge  potential  for  economic  growth  and  job
creation must be realised, both in  the  traditional  industries,  including
primary production and in the rapidly  growing  high  technology  industries
dominated  by  small  and  medium-size  enterprises  (SMEs).  To  contribute
effectively to European competitiveness  and  employment,  results  must  be
transferred  from  research  into  commercially  successful   products   and
processes.  Intrinsic  to  this   approach   is   the   effective   use   of
demonstration,  training,  dissemination  and   exploitation   of   research
results, along with stimulation of innovation and entrepreneurship.

II.3. Programme structure and contents

The programme is primarily built around six specific key  actions  that  are
goal-oriented  and  problem  solving.  The  key  actions  are  targeted   at
identifiable socio-economic and market needs, such as improving quality  and
safety of food; controlling infectious diseases;  harnessing  the  power  of
the cell; health and  environment;  sustainable  agriculture,  forestry  and
fisheries,  integrated  rural  development,  sustainable  development;   and
promoting healthy ageing. A unique feature of key actions is their  response
to Community policy objectives, in areas  like  agriculture  and  fisheries,
industry, consumer protection, environment and health.
In addition, the generic  activities  of  the  programme  aim  to  build  up
through RTD the knowledge base in identified areas of  strategic  importance
for the future, in relation to chronic and degenerative  diseases,  genomes,
neurosciences, public health, persons  with  disabilities  and  ethical  and
socio-economic issues surrounding the life sciences.  Support  for  research
infrastructures, dissemination and exploitation of results, training and  an
increased role for SMEs, and entrepreneurship are also an integral  part  of
the programme.

The  following  section  represents  a  short  overview  of  the   programme
structure  and  contents.  Detailed  objectives  and  RTD   priorities   are
specified in the Work Programme. Be sure to  consult  the  current  version,
since the Work Programme is revised periodically.

II.3.1. Six key actions

1. Food, Nutrition and Health
To improve the health of European citizens by providing  safe,  healthy  and
varied food products. RTD priorities include the  development  of  safe  and
flexible  manufacturing  processes  and  technologies,  the  detection   and
elimination of infectious and toxic agents throughout the  food  chain,  and
gaining a more profound understanding of the role of food in  promoting  and
sustaining health.

2. Control of Infectious Diseases
To combat established, emerging or re-emerging infectious  diseases,  linked
to old,  new  or  mutated  infectious  agents  in  humans  or  animals.  RTD
priorities include vaccine development; strategies to identify  and  control
infectious  diseases;  and  aspects  of  public  health  and  care  delivery

3. The "Cell Factory"
To help the Communitys  enterprises  exploit  the  advances  made  in  life
sciences and technology, particularly in the fields of health,  environment,
agriculture, agro-industries and high value-added products.  RTD  priorities
include developing innovative health-related processes and products; energy-
efficient  bioremediation  and  waste  biotreatment   processes;   and   new
biological processes from cell factories.

4. Environment and Health
To tackle environmentally related  health  issues.  RTD  priorities  include
diseases and allergies related to or influenced  by  the  environment;  risk
assessment and risk  management  processes  to  reduce  causes  and  harmful
environmental health effects.

5. Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and Integrated
Development of Rural Areas including Mountain Areas
To implement innovative approaches to production  and  exploitation  and  to
improve the quality of life, RTD should concentrate on: Competitiveness  and
its  direct  implications  for  employment  in  rural  and  coastal   areas,
especially in light of the need to adapt to  the  evolution  of  the  Common
Agricultural and Fisheries Policies, to the evolving world  trade  situation
and globalisation of the markets, to E.U. enlargement  and  to  the  limited
availability of natural resources; Reduction of  the  vulnerability  of  the
relevant sectors through the  diversification  of  production,  taking  full
advantage of Europes proven technological skills to  develop  new  products
and services from natural resources; Response to societal demands for  sound
environmental practices, sustainable use  of  renewable  resources  and  for
products complying with consumer health and environmental requirements.

6. The Ageing Population and Disabilities
To mobilise research (a) in order to enhance the quality of  life,  autonomy
and social integration of older people with an emphasis  on  healthy  ageing
and well-being in old age and (b) in order to  improve  quality,  efficiency
and user-friendliness of care and welfare  provision  and  to  enable  older
people to stay in  their  own  homes.  RTD  priorities  include  age-related
illnesses  and  health  problems  to  prevent,   treat   or   delay   onset;
determinants of healthy ageing and well-being in old  age;  demographic  and
social  policy  aspects  of  population  ageing;  coping   with   functional
limitations in old age; health and social care services to older persons.

II.3.2. Research and  Technological  Development  Activities  of  a  Generic

These activities aim to reinforce the knowledge  base  in  chosen  areas  of
strategic but generic importance for the Life Sciences  related  to  humans,
animals (both terrestrial and aquatic) and plants. This is  in  contrast  to
the mission oriented problem solving approach  in  the  Key  Actions,  which
place the emphasis on the linkage between discovery and exploitation.
Projects will be encouraged  that  promote  interaction  between  basic  and
applied research and that involve both the research and  health  sectors  in
order to ensure maximum transfer  of  knowledge  between  research  and  its
users, including industry. The networking of projects will also be  promoted
in order to create a critical mass for optimum exploitation of results.

The generic research activities are:
7. Chronic and Degenerative Diseases, Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular
Diseases and rare Diseases
8. Research into Genomes and Diseases of Genetic Origin
9. Neurosciences
10. Public-health and Health-services Research (including drug-related
11. Research relating to Persons with Disabilities
12. Bioethics
13. Socio-economic Aspects of Life Sciences and Technologies

II.3.3. Support for Research Infrastructures

Within the QoL Programme, the  term  "research  infrastructures"  refers  to
facilities and resources that provide essential  services  to  the  research
community in the life sciences[viii].  The objectives of  the  Programme  in
supporting  research  infrastructures  (in  this  action  line  as  well  as
elsewhere in the Programme where  research  infrastructures  are  supported)
are: (i) to encourage the optimum use of Europe's research  infrastructures,
notably by fostering transnational cooperation in their rational  and  cost-
effective use and development and, in conjunction with  the  QoL  system  of
Marie Curie Fellowships,  by  broadening  access  to  these  infrastructures
particularly for  young  researchers;  (ii)  to  improve  the  European-wide
consistency  and  complementarity  of  these   infrastructures   and   their
competitiveness at world level; and (iii) to help improve  the  quality  and
user-orientation of services offered to  the  European  research  community.
The  role  of  the  Programmes   activities   in   support   for   research
infrastructures is to add value at the European level in  the  context  that
the  construction  and  operation  of  research   infrastructures   is   the
responsibility of national authorities.
This particular action  of  the  QoL  Programme  will  provide  support  for
research infrastructures in the following  fields:  biological  collections,
biological  information  resources,  clinical  research   facilities,   pre-
clinical  research  facilities,  facilities  for  aquaculture  and   fishery
research .
It should be noted that the QoL  Programme  will  not  provide  support  for
tasks that involve  the  construction  and  routine  operation  of  research
infrastructures, nor for the collection of data (unless  the  collection  is
an integral component of the research in  an  infrastructure  RTD  project).
The cost of activities aimed at stimulating  the  introduction  and  use  of
trans-European broadband communication networks for  research  will  however
be considered eligible.

II.4. Synergies with other programmes

Interactions with horizontal activities and across programmes are  described
in Annex 3 of the Work programme.

II.5. Implementation of the programme

II.5.1 Types of Calls for Proposals

The following types of Calls for proposals are envisaged:
Periodic calls: These will be open for the submission of proposals  for  RTD
projects and related activities, within  a  defined  scope  and  with  fixed
deadlines,  to  be  specified  in  the  Official  Journal  of  the  European
Communities  and  outlined  in  the  indicative  timetable   for   programme
Open calls: Calls for SME specific  measures  (exploratory  awards  and  co-
operative  research),  support   for   Research   Infrastructure   (thematic
networks, concerted  actions  and  RTD  projects),  training,  international
initiatives and accompanying measures, will be launched at the start of  the
programme and remain open  until  the  last  year  of  the  Fifth  Framework
Programme. Periodic evaluations will be carried out at least twice a year.
Dedicated calls: These will be published in the  Official  Journal  normally
once or twice per year and be limited to a number of  very  specific  topics
and/or activities. The Commission may also publish a request for  interested
parties (Expression of Interest /Needs)  to  suggest  ideas  for  activities
that could be included.

II.5.2 Implementation Modalities (Types of actions")

The Quality of Life  and  Management  of  Living  Resources  programme  is
implemented through the following types of actions:
      1. Shared-cost actions, excluding  Support  for  access  to  research
      2. Concerted actions
      3. Thematic networks
      4. Marie Curie Training Fellowships
      5. Accompanying measures
      6. INCO bursaries
In addition to  these  types  of  action,  the  Quality  of  Life  programme
encourages the submission of Cluster proposals, which  are  essentially  a
cluster of sub-projects (component projects).
Details of the different types of actions (implementation modalities)  and
cluster proposals are given in Section IV.2 of Part 2 of this Guide.
The types of actions that will be funded  and  the  research  areas  covered
will vary from call to call. Please refer to details of the  specific  calls
published in the Official Journal and Part 2 of the Guide  for  Proposers,
which will  give  you  further,  call  specific,  information,  including  a
detailed description of the types of actions supported.

II.6. References

|Decision on the Fifth Framework    | |http://www.cordis.lu/fp5/src|
|Programme                          | |/decisions.htm              |
|Decision on the Quality of Life   | |http://www.cordis.lu/fp5/src|
|and Management of Resources       | |/decisions.htm              |
|Programme                          | |                            |
|Quality of Life homepage           | |http://www.cordis.lu/life   |
|Call text for Quality of Life and | |http://www.cordis.lu/life/sr|
|Management of Resources Programme | |c/library.htm               |
|Work Programme Quality of Life and| |http://www.cordis.lu/life/sr|
|Management of Resources Programme | |c/library.htm               |
|Quality of Life Documents          | |http://www.cordis.lu/life/sr|
|                                   | |c/library.htm               |
|Quality of Life contacts           | |http://www.cordis.lu/life/sr|
|                                   | |c/contacts.htm              |
|Marie-Curie fellowships homepage   | |http://www.cordis.lu/improvi|
|                                   | |ng                          |
|SME-specific measures homepage     | |http://www.cordis.lu/sme    |
|INCO-web site (Bursaries,          | |http://www.cordis.lu/inco   |
|international co-operation)        | |                            |
|Other programme web sites          | |http://www.cordis.lu/fp5/   |
|accessible via                     | |                            |

III. Participation in activities in the Fifth Framework Programme

This section describes the conditions of participation in activities  within
the Fifth Framework Programme, the process whereby  the  Commission  selects
among the proposals submitted to  it,  and  the  manner  in  which  selected
projects should be carried out.
It is based on  the  Annex  IV  of  the  decision  on  the  Fifth  Framework
Programme[x], the decision on the  rules  of  participation[xi],  and  other
subsequent texts or documents[xii].

III.1. The participants

III.1.1. Who ?

The Framework Programme, with its corresponding financial support,  is  open
to all legal entities established in  the  Member  States  of  the  European
Union  e.g. individuals, industrial  and  commercial  firms,  universities,
research organisations, etc. including SMEs. The Programme is also  open  to
all legal entities established in any of the other States associated to  the
Programme (see box 4).
Participation  and  financing  for  legal  entities  established  in   other
countries (third countries') is governed by  common  conditions  which  are
applied throughout the Fifth Framework Programme (see boxes 3 and  4),  with
the exception  of  the  Programme  Confirming  the  international  role  of
Community research under  which  some  entities  are  entitled  to  receive
Community funding depending on their country of origin[xiii].

III.1.2. How many?

Proposals  submitted  to  the  Commission  should  demonstrate  a  Community
dimension. As a general rule, this means that they should involve  at  least
two legal entities, independent  of  each  other,  and  established  in  two
different Member States, or one Member State and one Associated State.  (The
Joint Research  Centre  of  the  European  Commission  is  considered  as  a
participant of a Member State).
However, certain actions may  vary  from  this  general  rule  -  either  by
requiring more participants or by permitting a single one (see box 6).

III.1.3. Role of the participants

Participants  in  a  proposal  fall  into  a  number  of   different   legal
categories, according to the type of activity proposed and the nature  of  a
participants role in it (see box 6 and III.5.3.).

III.2. Proposal submission

III.2.1. call for proposals

Calls for Proposals published in the  Official  Journal  will  open  certain
parts of a Specific Programmes Work Programmes  for  proposals,  indicating
what types  of  actions  (RTD  projects,  Accompanying  measures  etc.)  are
expected. In addition to those with a fixed  closing  date,  the  Commission
will open certain Calls on a longer open basis, with  periodic  evaluation
of received proposals. A provisional timetable for the Calls of  a  Specific
Programme is included in each Work Programme.
A Call may address  the  full  programme,  a  key  action,  one  or  several
research themes, areas, sectors, action lines, objectives, topics. In  order
to ensure co-ordination among the Specific Programmes, common Calls  may  be
published. The objectives to be achieved may also  be  fully  detailed,  for
example in the case of key actions or dedicated calls[xiv].
Proposals submitted under a Call shall be subject  to  a  selection  process
presented in section III.4.
Certain  Accompanying  Measures  may  however  be   based   on   spontaneous
applications or on a call for tender, and shall therefore be  subject  to  a
different process[xv].

III.2.2. Submission

Participants  should  complete  the  appropriate  Proposal  Submission  Form
corresponding to the type of action involved, preferably using the  software
tool  that  the  Commission  supplies:  The  Proposal  Preparation  Tool  or
ProTool,       available       at       the       following       address:
Proposals must be completed in full as detailed in the Guide  for  Proposers
Part 2.
In addition, experience in previous Calls shows that  a  number  of  general
recommendations, provided in box 9, may be helpful.  Participants  have  the
choice to submit proposals either electronically or on paper.
Submission takes place in the following steps, which are detailed in Part  2
of this Guide.

|The co-ordinator may request a pre-proposal check from |
|the Commission, if this service is offered for the call|
|concerned.                                             |

|The proposer may be required in the Call for Proposals |
|to submit a request for a proposal number. This form   |
|(Notification of Intention to Propose) is sent to the  |
|Commission services via fax or electronic mail.        |
|The requested proposal number is sent back to the      |
|proposer by fax or electronic mail from the Commission.|
|The proposal is prepared either in electronic or paper |
|form, preferably using ProTool.                        |
|The co-ordinator checks the proposal against the key   |
|recommendations (Box 9)                                |
|Electronic submission      |Paper submission           |
|The submitting partner in  |The proposal is sent to the|
|the consortium seeks       |Commission in the form of  |
|certification for the      |five bound paper copies and|
|Programme.                 |one unbound original.      |
|The proposal is submitted  |
|electronically following   |
|the instructions given with|
|ProTool.                   |

III.3. Proposal evaluation

III.3.1. General principles

The evaluation of proposals will be based on the fundamental  principles  of
transparency and equality of treatment. The  entire  selection  process  and
the description of the criteria by which the  proposals  will  be  evaluated
are presented in the Evaluation Manual (see also box 5  and  Appendix  6  of
Part 2 of this Guide).
In general, and in order to help  the  Commission,  panels  of  independent,
external experts[xvi] will be constituted covering a wide range of  relevant
expertise,   without   linguistic    or    geographic    bias.    Proposers
confidentiality  will  be  fully  respected,  both  to  avoid  conflicts  of
interest and to preserve the impartiality of the independent experts.

III.3.2. Conformity check and eligibility

On receipt, all proposals will  be  subject  to  a  validation  process,  to
ensure they conform to the requirements  of  the  Call,  of  the  submission
procedure and of the rules for participation.
Only proposals that  conform  to  these  requirements  will  be  subject  to

III.3.3. Evaluation

Proposals  will  be  evaluated  according  to  criteria  grouped  into  five
categories, as laid down in the Work Programme applicable  to  the  relevant
call.  The  content  and  the  respective  weighting  of  the  criteria  are
described in  the  Evaluation  Manual.  Programme  specific  information  on
evaluation may also be explained, if appropriate, in Part 2 of  this  Guide.
Ethical aspects and safety aspects have to be  taken  into  account  in  the
The experts examine proposals individually, then meet as a panel to agree  a
ranking. At this stage, they may recommend that certain proposals should  be
combined into larger projects or linked together as  clusters  (see  section
Following the evaluation, and according to the interest  of  Community,  the
Commission will establish a list of proposals in  order  of  priority.  This
list will take into account the budget available (which has been set out  in
the call for proposals) plus, if necessary, a percentage of the call  budget
to allow for withdrawal of  proposals  and/or  savings  to  be  made  during
contract finalisation. Late or ineligible  proposals,  those  of  inadequate
quality or for which there is not adequate budget will be subject to a non-
retained decision by  the  Commission.  This  information,  with  the  main
reason for non-retention, will be communicated to the proposers concerned.

III.4. Proposal selection

The co-ordinators of proposals, which have been retained, will  be  notified
in writing.  This  notification  however  does  not  ultimately  commit  the
Commission to fund the project concerned.
A brief report on the evaluation prepared by the Commission will be sent  to
the proposers via the  proposal  co-ordinator.  Further  administrative  and
financial information will be  required  to  assess  the  viability  of  the
proposed project.
Hence, participants  will  have  to  demonstrate  that  they  have  all  the
necessary  resources[xvii]  needed  for  carrying  out  the   project.   The
Commission will check these, and may  seek  to  safeguard  its  interest  by
asking for a bank guarantee or by other measures.
The Commission may also  propose  modifications  to  the  original  proposal
based on  the  result  of  the  evaluation,  or  in  terms  of  grouping  or
combination with others.
On successful conclusion of these negotiations,  the  Commission  will  then
offer  contracts  for  the  commencement  of  work,  based  on  a  timetable
determined by the needs of the Specific Programme concerned.
Any proposal, which is finally not taken up, due  to  a  lack  of  available
funding for example, will be subject to a  non-retained  decision  by  the
Commission. This information, with the main reason for  non-retention,  will
be communicated to the proposers concerned.

III.5. The contract

Contracts are issued to proposals successful in the procedure of selection.

III.5.1. The various types of contracts

Research contracts from the Commission fall  into  five  main  groups.  They
each have their own detailed conditions, appropriate to the types of  action
and the activities to which they refer. (see boxes 6, 7 and 8).

III.5.2. The subject of the contract

The main obligation of the participants is  to  carry  out  the  project  to
completion in a pre-arranged period, and to make use of or  disseminate  its
In return, the  Commission  undertakes  to  contribute  financially  to  the
realisation of the project, normally by reimbursing a certain percentage  of
the project costs[xviii].

III.5.3. Rights and obligations of participants

These may vary according to the nature of the  action  or  the  category  of
  .  For   Research   and   Technological   Development   (R&D)   projects,
    Demonstration projects and Combined projects, a participant who  has  a
    wide-ranging role in the project throughout its lifetime is normally  a
    principal contractor.  A participant whose role is largely  in  support
    of one or several of these principal contractors is termed an assistant
    contractor. Principal  contractors  are  distinguished  from  assistant
    contractors in two main ways:
     - all the principal contractors are collectively  responsible  to  the
       Commission for the execution of the project and shall use reasonable
       endeavours to obtain the expected results;
     - principal contractors have rights of access to the  results  of  the
       project and any pre-existing know how.  Assistant  contractors  have
       limited rights. (see Box 8)
  .  For  support  for  access  to  research   infrastructure,   the   host
    infrastructure is a principal contractor[xix], who is  responsible  for
    the implementation of the action.
  . For SME  co-operative  research  projects,  SMEs  benefiting  from  the
    project  are  principal  contractors.  Organisations   performing   the
    research, named RTD performers, are subcontractors and,  as  such,  are
    not considered to be "participants"[xx].
  . For Exploratory awards, SMEs are principal contractors.
  For both SME Co-operative research projects and SME  Exploratory  awards,
  principal contractors share responsibility and have the  same  access  to
  intellectual property rights. It should be  noted  that  RTD  performers,
  although they are not considered to be "participants", can have access to
  the know-how necessary to perform the research, and, in  specific  cases,
  to the knowledge resulting from the projects (see Box 8).
  . Concerted Actions, Research Training  Networks  and  Thematic  Networks
    distinguish between  the  principal  contractor(s)[xxi]  who  lead  the
    action, and  the  members  who  are  associated  with  them.  Principal
    contractor(s)[xxii] sign a membership contract with their members, with
    the prior agreement of the Commission and in conformity  to  their  own
    Commission  contract,  and  share   with   them   joint   and   several
    responsibility, in relation to the carrying out of the  project..  This
    distinction does not affect intellectual property rights.
  . For Accompanying Measures, the participants role shall  vary  according
    to the nature of the action (see Box 6).  Principal  contractors  share
    joint and several responsibility. In Accompanying Measures specific  to
    technology take-up members can participate.
  . For Fellowships, the Commissions contract is normally offered  to  the
    host institution, which  then  signs  an  agreement  with  the  Fellow,
    conforming to the terms of the Commissions contract. Exceptionally, in
    the  case  of  bursaries  for  Community  Researchers  (INCO  2),   the
    Commission contract may be with the individual personally. In  general,
    intellectual property rights shall be addressed in the agreement signed
    with the individual and according to the national  legislation  of  the
    host institution.
Participants in an action may conclude  between  themselves  any  agreements
necessary to the completion of the work, provided these do not  infringe  on
their obligations as stated in the contract they sign with the Commission.

III.5.4. The co-ordination of the project

Within a consortium, participants  shall  designate  one  of  the  principal
contractors to carry out the co-ordination function[xxiii].
The  co-ordinator  is  the  liaison  between  the   participants   and   the
Commission, responsible for collecting, integrating and  submitting  project
deliverables, and for distributing the funds received from the Commission.
The  costs  incurred  by  the  co-ordinator  in  the   fulfilment   of   his
responsibilities can be claimed as direct or indirect  costs  (see  boxes  6
and 7).
It should be noted that the successful management of the project is a  joint
commitment  of  all  the  participants.  They  may  however  agree   amongst
themselves to confer  upon  the  co-ordinator  additional  responsibilities,
provided this does not infringe  on  their  obligations  as  stated  in  the
contract they sign with the Commission.

III.5.5. Subcontractors

Sub-contractors are not participants in a project. Their  function  is  only
as service providers to a principal contractor, an assistant  contractor  or
a member, who fully funds their activity.  The costs are  then  reimbursable
by the Commission according to the rules of the contract in force.
Sub-contractors make no  financial  investment  in  the  project,  and  they
therefore do not benefit from any intellectual property rights arising  from
its achievements (see boxes 6 and 7).

III.6. Project follow-up

In order for the  Commission  to  verify  the  execution  of  the  contract,
participants are required to submit, via the co-ordinator interim and  final
reports as well as reports of costs incurred.
These reports will be analysed by Commission services in the  light  of  the
criteria, which led to the original selection  of  the  proposal  This  will
ensure the project conforms to the conditions associated with the  Community
financial contribution,  and  that  the  progress  foreseen  actually  takes
place. The reports are also used to assess whether and in  what  manner  the
project should continue to be supported.

In addition, and conforming to objectives  stated  in  the  Fifth  Framework
Programme decision concerning the use  and  dissemination  of  results,  the
Commission will follow-up the implementation of the results of the  project.
Therefore participants are in general  required  to  produce  a  Technology
Implementation Plan indicating how the knowledge gained will be  used.  The
Commission will ensure, where necessary, the confidentiality of these data.

III.7. Financial contribution of the Community

The Commission undertakes a financial contribution to the work.
With the exception of those cases where the Commission's contribution  takes
the form of a lump sum payment, the  Commission  reimburses  eligible  costs
incurred by participants as the  project  progresses.  Payment  is  made  in
instalments at regular intervals.

III.7.1. Incurred eligible costs

Participants are required to identify and declare their  eligible  costs  by
the submission of interim and final cost  statements  based  on  the  actual
costs incurred for the execution of the project.  Participants  must  retain
supporting documents, which justify these costs, for at least 5  years  from
the end of each payment, to permit auditing by Commission services or  other
institutions, e.g. the European Court of Auditors.
The different categories of costs that are eligible for  Commission  funding
differ according to type of contract (see Boxes 6 and 7).

III.7.2. Calculation methods

A number of different methods are used to calculate the Commission  funding,
depending on the type of action involved and on the  participants  capacity
to identify his incurred costs (see boxes 6 and 7).
For Research  and  Technological  Development  projects,  Demonstration  and
Combined Research and Demonstration projects, three calculation methods  are
used: full  cost  actual  overhead  (FC),  full  cost  flat  rate  (FF)  and
additional cost (AC).
For  Accompanying  Measures,  one  calculation  method  is  used   for   all
participants. The  overhead  may  be  calculated  as  a  flat  rate  of  the
personnel costs and in some cases no overheads may be allowed.
For technology take-up measures not all cost categories may be allowable.
For Concerted Actions  and  Thematic  Networks,  all  participants  use  the
additional cost model (AC), so  overheads  are  calculated  as  20%  of  all
direct costs (except subcontracting).
Use of permanent  staff  is  allowed  for  all  types  of  organisations  if
accurate time records are kept.

III.7.3. Payment of the contribution

The Community  contribution  is  paid  in  Euro,  in  a  number  of  regular
instalments based on  cost  claims  submitted  by  participants  with  their
interim and final reports.

The Commission may make advance payments at the beginning  of  the  project,
contingent on verification  of  the  participants  financial  standing.  In
certain  circumstances  the  Commission  may  request  financial  or   other
guarantees to ensure the security of  any  advance  payment  made.  This  is
particularly necessary for those shared-cost actions where the  participants
themselves are expected to support part of the cost.

III.8. Assistance available to proposers

The EC carries out a range of activities in support of potential  proposers.
These vary as appropriate according to  the  nature  of  the  Call  and  the
Specific Programme concerned.  Therefore, they are  detailed  in  the  Guide
Part 2.
For each programme there is a network of National Contact Points  in  Member
and Associated States.  The  National  Contact  Points  can  be  helpful  to
organisations from their country in finding partners from  other  countries,
and in assisting in  procedural  or  administrative  matters.  There  are  a
number of other  networks  such  as  Innovation  Relay  Centres,  Euro  Info
Centres etc., which potential proposers may also consult.
The European Commission maintains an Infodesk  for  each  programme  of  the
Fifth Framework Programme for the duration of  their  Calls.  Any  questions
concerning the Call not  covered  in  this  document  nor  in  the  material
available at the programme web site may be directed to the  Infodesk,  whose
address is included in the Call specific information in the  Guide  Part  2.
The Infodesk will post any last-minute information concerning  the  Call  on
the programme website, which potential proposers should  check  periodically
for this reason.
The certification  service  provider  has  established  an  EU-wide  support
network for proposers in the national languages. Details are  given  on  the
web page relating to this service (http://www.fp5.csp.org).
The Commission may organise Info-days,  to disseminate  information  about
the Fifth Framework or a particular Call,  and also to provide  an  occasion
for proposers to meet potential consortium partners.
The Commissions CORDIS  server  in  Luxembourg  (http://www.cordis.lu/fp5/)
offers a number of services and information sources which may be  useful  in
particular to support partner search activities.  It also  contains  details
of organisations which have already expressed an interest  in  participating
to the different programmes under the Fifth Framework Programme.
In addition, the CORDIS website offers targeted information concerning  both
implementation modalities of the specific programmes as  well  as  financial
and administrative management aspects.

 Box 3 - Co-operation with non-EU Countries and International Organisations

            Opportunities for participation in proposal consortia

In planning a RTD proposal for submission to one of  the  programmes  or  to
the key action Improving the socio-economic  knowledge  base,  researchers
should be aware that it is also open to participation by entities from  non-
EU countries and to international  organisations.  The  opening  falls  into
three  categories  and  in  all  cases,  the   third   country/international
organisation participant must be included as a participant in  the  original
proposal submitted:

(i) Countries associated to FP-5: For each of these countries,  institutions
may participate and be funded, with similar rights and  responsibilities  to
EU Member State participants, once  the  Association  Agreements  come  into
force (see box 4).

(ii) Project by project participation: This participation will be on a self-
financing basis and this option  is  open  to  all  non-associated  European
countries, to Mediterranean partner countries, to countries with  which  the
EU has an S&T Agreement, and to international organisations, as long as  the
participation is in conformity with the interest of the Community.

(iii)  All  other  countries:  For  countries  not  covered  by  the   above
categories, participation in FP-5 projects on a  self-financing  basis  will
be possible if the participation is in conformity with the interest  of  the
Community and is of substantial added value for implementing all or part  of
the specific programme. The interest of the Community  and  the  substantial
added value must be clearly indicated in the proposal.

The conformity with the interests of the Community  will  be  assessed  with
particular regard to the contribution to one or more of  the  following  (as
laid down in Council Decision): the needs of  other  Community  policies  in
support of which the RTD actions  are  carried  out;  providing  appropriate
incentives for maintaining and creating jobs  in  the  Community;  promoting
sustainable development and improving the quality of life in the  Community;
strengthening the international competitiveness of Community  industry;  the
existence of S&T co-operation agreements between  the  Community  and  third
countries or international organisations.

Substantial added value may refer for  example  to  cases  where  the  third
country participant is a generally recognised, top-level specialist  in  the
field of the proposal or has access to unique resources which are  of  great
importance to the project but which are not available in  Europe,  or  where
third country participant offers the prospect of  opening  new  markets  for
the European participants.

In exceptional cases, Community financing for the third country  participant
or international organisation may be provided by  the  programme  if  it  is
essential for  achieving  the  objectives  of  the  project1,  i.e.  if  the
contribution of the participant cannot be provided by any  other  means  and
the project cannot be carried out without that participant.

For country groupings, see box 4

1 Additional rules are foreseen in the Specific Programme Energy,
environment and sustainable development which provide for financial
support to those entities where their participation is beneficial and
offers added value for achieving the objectives of the Programme.

            Box 4 - Participation from non-EU countries in FP5 1

   For latest information on entry into force of these agreements, please
 consult: www.cordis.lu/fp5/src/3rdcountries.htm or contact the Programmes'
                              Information Desk

|              |             |                                            |
|Associated    |             |REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, HUNGARY, LATVIA,         |
|States        |FOR EU-      |LITHUANIA, POLAND, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA,       |
|              |             |SLOVENIA :  in force.                       |
|may           |MEMBERSHIP   |                                            |
|participate   |             |For Malta and Turkey, please see footnote 3 |
|with          |             |and 4                                       |
|Community     |             |                                            |
|funding       |             |                                            |
|              |EFTA-EEA     |ICELAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, NORWAY: in force.   |
|              |OTHERS       |ISRAEL : in force.                          |
|              |             |SWITZERLAND 2 : entry into force expected on|
|              |             |the 1.1.2001.                               |
|Third States 6|             |MALTA 3 and TURKEY 4 are also shown under   |
|              |             |Mediterranean Partnership.                  |
|              |             |MICROSTATES AND TERRITORIES IN EUROPE5      |
|may           |             |                                            |
|participate   |             |                                            |
|              |             |                                            |
|without       |             |                                            |
|Community     |             |                                            |
|funding       |             |                                            |
|              |             |                                            |
|(exceptionally|             |                                            |
|with Community|             |                                            |
|funding       |             |                                            |
|when duly     |             |                                            |
|justified as  |             |                                            |
|being         |             |                                            |
|essential for |             |                                            |
|achieving the |             |                                            |
|objectives    |             |                                            |
|of the        |             |                                            |
|project)      |             |                                            |
|              |NIS          |MOLDOVA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE.                   |
|              |             |ALGERIA, EGYPT, JORDAN, LEBANON, MALTA3,    |
|              |PARTNERSHIP  |TUNISIA, TURKEY4.                           |
|              |             |                                            |
|              |             |All above countries may participate project |
|              |             |by project if in conformity with the        |
|              |             |interests of the Community and on a self    |
|              |             |financing basis.                            |
|              |             |ARGENTINA (1st activity of FP5), AUSTRALIA  |
|              |             |(1st activity of FP5),  CANADA (1st activity|
|              |COUNTRIES    |of FP5), CHINA (1st activity of FP5), SOUTH |
|              |WITH         |AFRICA (FP5), USA (FP5) : in force.         |
|              |CO-OPERATION |RUSSIA (1st activity of FP5):               |
|              |AGREEMENT    |Agreement signed.                           |
|              |             |The above countries may participate in the  |
|              |             |fields covered by the Co-operation          |
|              |             |Agreement, once in force, and on a self     |
|              |             |financing basis (until then, Russia may     |
|              |             |participate as an European NIS).            |
|              |ANY OTHER    |May participate project by project if in    |
|              |COUNTRY      |conformity with the interests of the        |
|              |             |Community and on a self financing basis,    |
|              |             |only if its participation is also of        |
|              |             |substantial added value for implementing all|
|              |             |or part of the specific programmes in       |
|              |             |accordance with its objectives..            |
|              |INTERNATIONAL|May participate project by project if in    |
|              |ORGANISATIONS|conformity with the interests of the        |
|              |7            |Community and on a self financing basis.    |

Participation from third States and of International Organisations must
take place together with the minimum number of legal entities from  the
Community and any Associated States.

1     Different rules apply for the specific programme Confirming  the
international  role  of  Community  research  (except  for  Associated
States) and the EURATOM Framework Programme

2     According to Swiss authorities, this association agreement  could
enter  into  force  on  the  1st  of  January  2001  at  the  earliest.
Meanwhile, Swiss legal entities shall be considered  as  those  of  any
other third European country.

3     An association agreement with Malta is foreseen to be  negotiated
in 2000. Should this agreement be concluded, the status  of  Associated
State   shall  take  precedence  over  any  other.  Meanwhile,  Maltese
research entities participate  to  the  activities  of  FP5  as  other
European. They are also shown  under  Mediterranean  Partnership.  For
latest news, www.cordis.lu/fp5/src/3rdcountries.htm.

4     Turkish research entities participate to the activities of FP5 as
other European. They are also shown under Mediterranean  Partnership.
For latest news, www.cordis.lu/fp5/src/3rdcountries.htm.

5     Andorra, Monaco, San  Marino,  Vatican  City  State  (Holy  See),
Faeroe Islands (DK), Channel Islands (GB), Isle of Man  (GB),  Svalbard
and Jan Mayen Islands (NO).

6     In the case of a country becoming associated to FP-5, that status
takes precedence over any other

7     Community funding may also be granted if it is  foreseen  to  use
the facilities of an international organisation that  are  based  in  a
third  country,  should  this  use  be  essential  for  achieving   the
objectives of the project.

              Box 5 - Main milestones of the selection process

                  BOX 6  Indicative Typology of Contracts

|                 |    |PARTICIPA|              |DIRECT COSTS                                           |INDIRECT COSTS|
|                 |    |NT       |CONTRIBUTION  |                                                       |              |
|                 |Prin|Assi|Memb|Calcu|Percenta|Per|Dura|    |Trav|Cons|Comp|Prot|Othe|Co-o|Acc|RTD |Overheads     |
|                 |cipa|stan|er  |latio|ge      |son|ble |Subc|el  |umab|utin|ecti|r   |rdin|ess|perf|              |
|                 |l   |t   |    |n    |funding |nel|equi|ontr|and |les |g   |on  |spec|atio|   |orme|              |
|                 |Cont|cont|    |Metho|        |   |pmen|acti|subs|    |    |of  |ific|n   |   |r   |              |
|                 |ract|ract|    |d *  |        |   |t   |ng  |iste|    |    |know|cost|cost|   |    |              |
|                 |or  |or  |    |     |        |   |    |    |nce |    |    |ledg|s   |s   |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |e   |    |    |   |    |              |
|SHARED COST      |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   | |              |
|ACTIONS7         |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   | |              |
|R&D project      |min |yes |    |FC,  |FC, FF: |Yes|yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |   |    |FC: (actual   |
|                 |2   |    |    |FF   |50%     |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |rate)x(personn|
|                 |    |    |    |and  |AC: 100%|   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |el)           |
|                 |    |    |    |AC   |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |FF:           |
|                 |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |80%x(personnel|
|                 |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |)             |
|                 |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |AC: 20%1      |
|Combined project |    |    |    |     |FC, FF: |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |    |     |35 or   |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |    |     |50%     |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |    |     |AC: 100%|   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Demonstration    |    |    |    |     |FC, FF: |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|project          |    |    |    |     |35%     |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |    |     |AC: 100%|   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Support for      |1   |    |    |AC   |Up to   |yes|    |yes |yes |yes |yes |    |yes |    |   |    |20%1          |
|access to        |    |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|research         |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|infrastructures  |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |    | UF  |Up to   |   |    |    |yes |    |    |    |    |    |yes|    |              |
|                 |    |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|SME co-operative |min |    |    |FC,  |50%     |yes|yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |    |yes |    |   |yes |(actual       |
|(CRAFT)          |3   |    |    |FF   |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |rate)x(personn|
|                 |SME |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |el)           |
|Exploratory      |min |    |    |Fixed|75%2    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|awards           |2   |    |    |amoun|        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |SME |    |    |t    |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|TRAINING         |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|FELLOWSHIPS      |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Marie Curie Host |inst|    |min |Fixed|        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Fellowships      |itut|    |1   |amoun|        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |ion |    |fell|t    |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|                 |    |    |ow  |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Marie Curie      |    |    |1   |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Individual       |    |    |fell|     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Fellowships      |    |    |ow  |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Developing       |    |    |1   |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|countries        |    |    |fell|     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Fellowships      |    |    |ow  |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Fellowships for  |fell|    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Community        |ow  |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Researchers      |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|SUPPORT TO       |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|NETWORK          |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Thematic  network|min |    |yes |AC   |Up to   |yes|    |yes |yes |    |yes |    |Yes |    |   |    |20%1          |
|                 |1   |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Training network |1   |    |min.|AC   |Up to   |   |    |    |    |    |    |Yes |    |    |   |    |20%1          |
|                 |    |    |4   |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|CONCERTED ACTIONS|min |    |yes |AC   |Up to   |yes|    |yes |yes |    |yes |    |yes |    |   |    |20%1          |
|                 |1   |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|ACCOMPANYING     |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|MEASURES         |    |    |    |     |        |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Accompanying     |min |    |    |     |Up to   |yes|yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |Yes |yes |yes |   |    |yes5          |
|measures 3       |1   |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Euro conference  |1   |    |    |     |Up to   |yes|    |yes |yes |yes |    |    |yes4|yes |   |    |None          |
|                 |    |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |
|Technology       |min |    |yes |     |Up to   |yes|yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |yes |   |    |yes6          |
|Take-up          |1   |    |    |     |100%    |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |   |    |              |

* FC = Full Costs/ FF= Full costs Fixed rate/AC= Additional Costs/ UF =
User Fee. For more information, see Box 7.
1 Direct costs, excluding subcontracting costs
2 Up to maximum of 22,500
3 For subsidies, see the Vademecum on grant management and com pv(98) 1395
4 Organisation costs (see specific Guide for Proposers Part 2)
5 Overhead is calculated as a lump sum of the personnel costs (not
exceeding 80%).
6 The eligible cost categories for each of the types of technology take-up
measures are referred to in the relevant Guide for Proposers, Part 2
7 Two alternative contracts are available respectively to the R&D and the
Demonstration. One is the Deliverables, by which the contribution is paid
in pre-set amounts and adjusted with the final payment on the basis of
actual costs for the whole contract. The other is the flat rate (for
projects estimated less than 100 000 euro) by which the contribution
consists of a fixed amount based on the estimated costs for the work.

              Box 7 - Methods for the calculation of EC funding

Full cost (FC)
The participant can identify all the direct and indirect  costs  related  to
the project. He should be able to demonstrate  that  his  accounting  system
enables the identification of those costs with sufficient precision.   FC  =
total direct costs + actual overhead rate.
Full costs Flat rate (FF)
The participant who may participate  on  a  full  costs  basis  or  who  can
identify his direct costs related to the project  (temporary  and  permanent
staff) but not the indirect costs  linked  to  the  project  may  elect  the
overhead to be charged on a flat rate basis, 80 % of  the  direct  personnel
Additional cost (AC) - in R&D projects
Subject to the specific contract terms, the Commission shall only take  into
account the projects additional (non recurrent) costs.  AC =  total  direct
additional costs + x% overhead on direct  costs  (excluding  subcontracting)
(for x% see Box 6).
Additional  cost  (AC)  -  in  Concerted   Actions/Thematic   networks   and
The Community funding shall only cover the direct costs  necessary  for  the
action, however, costs for permanent staff are eligible if time records  are
kept.  AC = total direct additional costs +  x%  overhead  on  direct  costs
(excluding subcontracting) (for x% see Box 6).
User Fee (UF)
This system is only used in the context  of  projects  providing  access  to
research infrastructure.  It is based on a "unit cost", which   is  a  fixed
composite rate, for each access. Travel and subsistence  costs  and  a  flat
rate contribution for general expenses are added. The participant should  be
able to demonstrate that his accounting  system  enables  him  to  calculate
with sufficient precision the "unit cost".  UF = ((unit cost x  quantity  of
access) + travel and subsistence costs) + 20% overhead.
Costs categories
A cost shall be considered as eligible only where it is  necessary  for  and
during the project and  is  provided  for  in  the  contract.  It  shall  be
reimbursed if the amount  has  actually  been  spent  and  recorded  in  the
accounts. No profit may be included.
Personnel  costs:        subject  to  the  contract  terms,  scientific  and
                  technical personnel; time devoted to the project shall  be
Durable equipment:     subject to the contract  terms,  equipment  shall  be
                  reimbursed  according  to  a  depreciation   period   (for
                  computer equipment that cost less  than  25.000  Euro  the
                  depreciation period is 36 months, for all other  equipment
                  the depreciation period is 60 months) and its use  on  the
                  project; equipment  leased  shall  be  reimbursed  without
                  exceeding the eligible cost if it were to be purchased.
Subcontracting:  external services.
Travel and  subsistence:       travel  outside  the  European  Union  or  an
                  Associated  State  needs  the  prior   approval   of   the
                  Commission, except for visiting a participant.
Consumables:     only project specific items.
Computing:  only project specific items.
Protection of knowledge:     subject to  contract  terms,  only  with  prior
                  approval of the Commission
Other specific costs   any cost  necessary  for  the  project,  not  falling
                  within a defined category and having  received  the  prior
                  approval of the Commission
Co-ordination    costs:      costs    for    the    financial/administrative
                  administration  (personnel,  travel  and  all  other  cost
                  categories apart from subcontracting) incurred only by the
                  co-ordinator - the  financial/administrative  co-ordinator
                  in case of split between scientific and administrative co-
                  ordinator - in order to fulfil his tasks.
Access:     only for Support for access  to  research  infrastructure;  user
                  fee related to visiting scientist.
RTD performer     only  for  SME  co-operative  research  project;  cost  of
                  research performed by a non-participant.
Overheads:  subject to the contract terms, either an actual rate (FC), or  a
                  flat rate (FF) calculated on personnel  costs  or  on  the
                  direct additional costs (AC) excluding subcontracting,  or
                  as a lump sum of personnel costs (Accompanying Measures).

BOX 8 - Intellectual Property Rights

The following table lists the access rights  (license  on  a  patent,  other
users  rights)  to  knowledge  (intellectual  property  created  during  the
project) and know-how (pre-existing intellectual property) as a function  of
the different types of actions and participants.

|                     |Knowledge                 |Pre-existing know-how   |
|                     |                          |necessary for the       |
|                     |                          |execution of the project|
|                     |                          |or to use its Knowledge |
|                     |Access      |Use*         |Access     |Use         |
|                     |rights for  |             |rights for |            |
|                     |the         |             |the        |            |
|                     |execution of|             |execution  |            |
|                     |the project |             |of project |            |
|Research  |Principal |Royalty-free|Royalty-free |Favourable |Favourable  |
|and       |Contractor|            |(1) to all   |conditions |conditions  |
|technologi|          |            |knowledge    |           |            |
|cal       |          |            |             |           |            |
|developmen|          |            |             |           |            |
|t Project |          |            |             |           |            |
|          |Assistant |Royalty-free|Favourable   |Favourable |/           |
|          |Contractor|/ Favourable|Conditions/  |Conditions/|            |
|          |(2)       |Conditions  |Market       |Market     |            |
|          |          |            |conditions   |conditions |            |
|          |          |            |(1)          |           |            |
|          |Principal |Favourable  |Market       |           |            |
|          |Contractor|Conditions  |conditions   |           |            |
|          |of the    |            |             |           |            |
|          |same      |            |             |           |            |
|          |specific  |            |             |           |            |
|          |programme |            |             |           |            |
|Demonstrat|Principal |Royalty-free|Favourable   |Favourable |Favourable  |
|ion       |Contractor|            |Conditions   |conditions |conditions  |
|Project   |          |            |for          |           |for         |
|          |          |            |Exploitation |           |Exploitation|
|          |          |            |only, to all |           |only        |
|          |          |            |knowledge    |           |            |
|          |Assistant |Royalty-free|Favourable   |Favourable |/           |
|          |Contractor|/ Favourable|Conditions/  |Conditions/|            |
|          |(2)       |Conditions  |Market       |Market     |            |
|          |          |            |conditions   |conditions |            |
|          |          |            |for          |           |            |
|          |          |            |Exploitation |           |            |
|          |          |            |only         |           |            |
|Combined  |Principal |In general, IPR rules for R&D projects shall be     |
|R&D/      |Contractor|applied to R&D workpackages, and IPR rules for      |
|Demonstrat|          |Demonstration projects to Demonstration             |
|ion       |          |workpackages.                                       |
|Project   |          |If the identification of the various workpackages is|
|          |          |impossible, IPR rules for R&D projects shall apply  |
|          |          |if the total EC contribution to the project as a    |
|          |          |whole is superior to 42,5% of its total cost. If the|
|          |          |figure is equal or inferior to 42,5%, IPR rules for |
|          |          |Demonstration projects shall then be applied.       |
|          |Assistant |                                                    |
|          |Contractor|                                                    |
|          |(2)       |                                                    |
|SME       |Principal |Co-ownership|Co-ownership |Royalty-fre|Favourable  |
|co-operati|Contractor|(3)         |(3)          |e          |Conditions  |
|ve        |(SME)     |            |for          |           |for         |
|Research  |          |            |Exploitation |           |Exploitation|
|Project   |          |            |only         |           |only        |
|          |RTD       |Royalty-free|             |Royalty-fre|            |
|          |performer |            |             |e          |            |
|          |(non-     |            |             |           |            |
|          |participan|            |             |           |            |
|          |t)        |            |             |           |            |
|Concerted |Principal |The knowledge which is suitable for dissemination   |
|Action    |Contractor|will be disseminated                                |
|          |Member    |                                                    |
|Networks  |Principal |The knowledge which is suitable for dissemination   |
|          |Contractor|will be disseminated                                |
|          |Member    |                                                    |
|Fellowship|Host      |The ownership of knowledge will be determined by the|
|s         |Institutio|Host Institution according to the applicable law.   |
|          |n         |The knowledge which is suitable for dissemination   |
|          |          |will be disseminated                                |
|          |Grant     |                                                    |
|          |holder    |                                                    |
|Accompanyi|Principal |The ownership of knowledge will be determined       |
|ng        |Contractor|regarding to the Community financing level. As the  |
|Measures  |          |case may be, use or dissemination will prevail.     |
|          |& in      |                                                    |
|          |particular|                                                    |
|          |cases     |                                                    |
|          |Members   |                                                    |

(*) Access rights to knowledge for the purpose of use  are  limited  to
knowledge generated under the project concerned.
(1) Contractors and Assistant Contractors unable to exploit  their  own
knowledge might grant access rights at reasonable financial or  similar
conditions, instead of royalty-free.
(2) More favourable conditions when beneficiary  requests  access  from
its principal contractor or the  other  assistant  contractors  of  the
(3) SME Contractors are the owners of all knowledge resulting from  the
research work carried out by the RTD performers.

                         Box 9 - Key recommendations

 V Eligible partners: Check first that you and your  partners  are  eligible
   for participation in the Programme (for example: your  organisation  must
   have  a  registered  legal  existence,  there  are   minimum   consortium
   conditions etc.) and also  that  you  are  eligible  for  the  particular
   activity involved  (some  activities  may  be  reserved  e.g.  for  SMEs,
   organisations in particular sectors of industry.etc.)

 V Specific actions and RTD objectives: Check that your proposed  work  does
   indeed address an activity  included  in  the  current  Call.  Ineligible
   proposals, or proposals not addressing activities open in the Call,  will
   be excluded from evaluation.

 V Selection criteria: Any proposal evaluated below the thresholds will  not
   be considered for funding.

 V Management: Clearly indicate ability for high quality management  adapted
   to the size of the project.

 V  Content:  Good  proposals  show  consistency  with  the  five  selection

 V Ethical issues:  Clearly  describe  any  potential  ethical  aspects  and
   applicable regulatory aspects of the research to be carried out  and  the
   way they are dealt with according to national regulations.

 V  Presentation:  Good  proposals  are  drafted  in  a  clear  and   easily
   understandable way. Good proposals are precise and concise, not wordy -
   evaluators judge on content, not on number of pages.

 V Results: Good proposals clearly show the results that will  be  achieved,
   and how the participants intend to diffuse or exploit these results.

 V Completeness: Proposals must be complete, as they are evaluated  only  on
   the basis of the written material submitted. Follow  the  format  of  the
   Proposal Submission Form. You are highly recommended to use  the  ProTool
   software supplied free of charge by the Commission to proposers.

 V  Partnership:  Partners  should  discuss  and  agree   beforehand   their
   respective roles and responsibilities.

 V Contract: Check that the model contract conditions for the type  of  work
   that you are proposing are acceptable for your organisations.

 V Competition: There  will  be  competition,  and  a  weak  element  in  an
   otherwise good proposal might make it lose out to others. Therefore  edit
   your proposal tightly, strengthen or eliminate weak elements.

                             Last but not least:
Arrange for your draft proposal to be evaluated  by  experienced  colleagues
before  sending  it,  using  the  evaluation  criteria  described   in   the
Evaluation Manual and in Appendix 6 (PART 2). Use their  advice  to  improve
it before submission.

Notes  PART 1

[i] On the 22/12/98, the Council also decided on the Fifth Euratom
Framework Programme for research and training (CORDIS :
The specificity of the latter will be described in a separate information
[ii] It will also carry out research and  development  activities  conducted
by the Joint Research Centre
[iii] In the Decisions adopting the Specific Programmes,  there  can  be  no
derogation from the financial participation rates set  out  here,  with  the
exception of duly justified special cases
[iv][v] The rates may need to be adjusted  in  individual  cases  to  comply
with the Community framework for State aid for R&D (O.J.  C  45,  17.2.1996)
and with article 8 of the WTO  Agreement  on  subsidies  and  countervailing
measures (O.J. L 336, 23.12.1994). If the project is  supported  financially
by a Member State or one of its public bodies, the cumulation rule  applies,
according to item 5.12 of the above mentioned Community framework.
[vi] In the special case of legal entities  which  do  not  keep  analytical
accounts, the additional  eligible  costs  generated  as  a  result  of  the
research will be financed at the rate of 100 %
[vii] EC funding up to maximum of  22,500
[viii] In the case  of  industrial  host  fellowships,  this  will  normally
approximate to 50 % of the total eligible costs
[ix] Mored detailed informa of 22,500
[x] In the case of industrial host fellowships, this will normally
approximate to 50 % of the total eligible costs
[xi] Mored detailed information on this area are given in an explanatory
note, available from CORDIS at :
[xii]  The  implementation  modality  Support  for   access   to   research
infrastructure  should  not  be  confused  with   Support   for   research
infrastructures, which is  part  of  the  programme  and  supports  various
actions. The action Support for  access  to  research  infrastructures  is
supported by the horizontal programme Improving human potential.
[xiii] European  Parliament  and  Council  Decision  N  1999/182/EC  of  22
December 1998 concerning the  Fifth  Framework  Programme  of  the  European
Community  for  research,  technological   development   and   demonstration
activities (1998-2002)
[xiv] Council Decision 1999/65/EC of 22 December 1998 concerning  the  rules
for the participation of undertakings,  research  centres  and  universities
and for the dissemination of research results for the implementation of  the
Fifth Framework Programme of the European Community (1998-2002)
[xv] Council Decisions on the  specific  programmes,  Commission  Regulation
implementing  the  Council  Decision  1999/65/EC  concerning  the  rules  of
participation, Work Programmes of the specific programmes, model  contracts,
Evaluation Manual, 
[xvi] See the Work Programme  of  the  Specific  Programme  Confirming  the
international role of Community research and its  corresponding  Guide  for
[xvii] Such calls are based on Community need  to  support  certain  of  its
policies (standardisation, anti-fraud actions)
[xviii]  See  Vademecum  on  grant  management  and  the  rules  for  public
[xix] Experts shall be selected following a Call  for  candidates.  However,
in exceptional cases, the evaluation process may be conducted without  them.
The Commission's services shall however follow the  rules  set  out  in  the
Evaluation Manual.
[xx] These include  human  resources,  infrastructure,  financial  resources
and, where appropriate, intangible property.
[xxi] In certain exceptional cases by paying a fixed lump sum.
[xxii] Anywhere where it is possible for easy reading, the word
contractor may be used.
[xxiii] Specific rules related to their participation in this type of
action can be found in the ad hoc information brochure devoted to SMEs.
[xxiv] A single contractor is possible in the case of Concerted Actions,
Thematic and Training Networks
[xxv] A single contractor is possible in the case of Concerted Actions,
Thematic and Training Network Actions, where he carries out the co-
ordinator role.
[xxvi] This role may in exceptional cases be  carried  by  two  contractors,
with one  responsible  for  the  scientific  co-ordination,  and  the  other
responsible for financial matters (e.g.: if the scientific  co-ordinator  is
unable to receive Community funding due to his  status,  his  location,  his
uncertain financial standing, or because he is unable  to  distribute  funds
to participants in due time).


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