Call for proposals: combating major diseases

December 17, 2003

Brussels, 16 Dec 2003

The European Commission has published a call for proposals in the area of 'Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health' under the Sixth Framework Programme activity of the same name. This is one of the areas covered by the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme.

The areas covered by this call are:

- Highly innovative approaches for the development of new interventions for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis: small scale, high risk projects are expected, which should provide additional scope for innovation and flexibility in research areas where traditional approaches have been unsuccessful. Projects should aim to overcome the identified deadlocks by implementing new approaches going beyond the current state of art. Consortia should have a small number of participants, a financial range of one million euro or less, and a maximum period of two years. Proposals from young researchers are particularly encouraged. Projects that prove successful will be encouraged to collaborate with existing and relevant ongoing projects of the new instruments type.

- Coordination of European research on HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) at the global level: support will be available for measures which directly lead to the coordination of European research in the area of poverty related diseases with relevant global activities. Support may also be given to activities leading to common clinical laboratory standards with emphasis on standardising protocols, sample collection and data storage and analysis.

- Networking of European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) active in the area of poverty related diseases: support will be provided to promote the establishment of spin off activities in the area of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Preference will be given to small, well defined and objective driven projects, which involve two or more SMEs.

In specifying the instruments to be used in these areas, the call requests the use of specific targeted research projects (STREPs) and specific support actions (SSAs). Proposers are advised to consult the full call text at the address below in order to find out the particular instruments requested for each area.

The total indicative budget for this call is 12 million euro. To see the call text, please visit: details.cfm?CALL_ID=112 Remarks: The deadline for submitting proposal documents is 24 March 2004.

Before contacting the Commission, proposers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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