Fifth framework to start soon
Jan 8, 1999
The first calls for proposals for the European Union's fifth framework programme of research and development will be issued in February and March. The budget for the four-year programme has finally been agreed as ECU 14.96 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent over the fourth framework.
The fifth framework will focus on four main themes: quality of life and management of living systems (ECU 2.413 bn); the user-friendly information society (ECU 3.6 bn); competitive and sustainable growth (ECU 2.705 bn); and energy, environment and sustainable development (ECU 2.125 bn). Its three other main activities are: confirming the international role of community research (ECU 475m); promotion of innovation, encouragement of small and medium-sized enterprises (ECU 363m); and improving human research potential (ECU 1.28 bn). Some ECU 858 m will be available for postdoctoral researchers under the last of the activities. Fusion research will receive a further ECU 700 m.