(Action Line VIII.3.1 current & Call Action Line VI.I.5 WP 2000)

Wednesday 24 November 11:00-12:00 Round Hall


The first call for proposals of the IST Programme attracted a good participation of organisations from the countries that are associated for the first time to the Framework Programme (Newly Associated Countries, NACs). However the success rate of organisations from these countries is below the IST average.

A group of senior experts has advised the IST Programme on the issue, and concluded that this situation is due to a lack of formation rather than a lack of information, and suggested a list of measures that could be taken to improve this situation.

The list of measures suggested (see below) by the group of experts is not exhaustive, but it provides generic examples of what types of activities could be envisaged.

The IST programme now expects to attract proposals for support measures in response to the 2nd IST Call for proposals under VIII.3.1 and to include a specific action line in the WP2000 for the further integration of NACs in the programme.

This information session will give the opportunity to discuss how to better include all NAC’s in the IST programme.

Suggested Measures

  • Analysis of success: proposals with many NACs partners score low. Meetings could be organised in the NACs to inform on details of successful and not successful proposals in the first call.

  • Capacity building: training in consortium building and proposal writing. As especially NACs do not have a tradition in building RTD consortia it was suggested to support specific training into building RTD consortia.

  • The strength in the NACs are not well known in the West: RTD fairs where NACs countries present their strengths could be organised. A large event could be organised where NACs countries and actors could present their IST RTD capacity, and similar to the information day in Paris at the beginning of the IST programme. NACs already have opportunity to demonstrate this in their pavilion at the IST99 exhibition. 'Reverse' fairs could be organised in the NACs in order to obtain better impact and larger coverage of the NACs, technology fairs could be organised in each individual country to which EU organisations should be invited. Fairs could be used by large EU industries where they try to identify partners to outsource their RTD work.

  • Strengthening of information and partnering networks: NCPs, FEMIRC, Idealist-East and other networks have worked well in informing the people. More emphasis is needed in partner search and consortium building.

  • Screening of the industrial scene: A comprehensive overview of the industrial IST capacity, especially SMEs, for all NACs, does not exist. A SWOT analysis could be used for defining national priorities in the longer term.

  • Promoting innovation: The SME awards are under-subscribed in the IST programme. The SME awards could be advertised more actively in the NACs, and organisations in the NACs could take advantage of the situation in order to find partners and build consortia.

  • Large initiatives of national interest: Programmes could be established in the NACs that would be based on national priorities, supported in part by local governments, regional or national to improve the understanding in the NACs of modalities comparable with the IST programme. In particular programmes for consortium-lead research could be encouraged, which focus rather on technology take-up, best practice and innovation. Such programmes could emphasise the local impact and spin-off of the actions, they could involve national and EU organisations. The IST programme could contribute towards the establishment of such programmes


Michel Bosco (Michel.Bosco@cec.eu.int)
Erik Habers (

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