ITEA (Information Technology for European Advancement) 6th call for projects

November 25, 2002

Brussels, 22 Nov 2002

ITEA (Information Technology for European Advancement) has announced its upcoming 6th call for projects, which opens on 20 January 2003 when a project outline preparation meeting will be held to firm up proposals and bring together potential partners.

Project outlines must be submitted by 11 April 2003

ITEA is a contributor to the European Research Area (ERA), supporting coordinated national funding submissions within the EUREKA framework. Almost halfway through its eight-year programme, 51 projects have been labelled of which 15 have been finalised and 15 are expected to start up soon. Topics range from software for product line engineering to automotive platforms and from process automation to avionic systems.

ITEA projects are bottom-up, industry-driven initiatives, involving complementary R&D from at least two companies in two different countries (according to EUREKA rules). However, the number of industrial partners, both in terms of technology development and lead users, is usually higher.

Projects must involve between 40 and 250 person-years and typically last two years. Consortia should include partners from large industries, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and universities/research institutes. All 33 countries in the EUREKA framework provide financial support.

The calls for projects involve a two-step procedure. First, project outlines are submitted, if this stage is successful, a full project proposal is requested. Projects that are approved receive the ITEA (EUREKA-endorsed) label with which the chances of receiving national funding are greatly increased.

For further information on the call, please contact:
Riccardo Capobianchi

Project outlines must be submitted by 11 April 2003

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2001

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