SESSION ON SUPPORT MEASURES FOR NEWLY ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES
(Action Line VIII.3.1 current & Call Action Line VI.I.5 WP 2000)
Wednesday 24 November 11:00-12:00
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
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 NACs in the IST programme.
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
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
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
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
Michel Bosco (Michel.Bosco@cec.eu.int)
Erik Habers (Erik.Habers@cec.eu.int)