Do we need another NEST?

September 1, 2005

Brussels, 31 Aug 2005

The NEST-IDEA project, funded by the European Commission under its New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST) programme of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), has launched a survey to establish the views of researchers on the continuation of NEST under FP7.

The Commission has proposed supporting emerging research activities mainly within two specific programmes.

'Cooperation' is to be the core programme in FP7, with nine thematic priorities for collaborative research. Under each theme, the Commission promises sufficient flexibility to address emerging needs 'through specific support for spontaneous research proposals aiming at identifying or further exploring, in a given field and/or at the intersection of several disciplines, new scientific and technological opportunities in particular linked with a potential for significant breakthroughs.'

The 'Ideas' programme will be implemented by a European Research Council (ERC), and will support investigator-driven research projects carried out across all fields by individual teams in competition at European level.

The survey addresses experiences of NEST, whether it should continue, and if so why and how.

For further information, please consult the following web address:
http:///www.eurosfaire.prd.fr/nest/ji/i nd ex-fp7-survey.html
Remarks: The closing date for contributions is 16 September.

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