- Associated State - A state that has
signed a memorandum of understanding with the Community under
the terms of which it makes a financial contribution towards FP6.
In exchange its institutions participate and get funding on similar
conditions as organisations from Member States. In addition to
the Candidate Countries except Croatia, the following states are
already associated to FP6: Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway
- Call for Proposals - A legal text
calling interested parties to submit proposals for projects. The
text defines the necessary specifications to prepare and submit
a proposal, i.e. thematic priorities, instruments used, address
and other technical modalities for submission, deadlines etc.
Calls are published in the Official Journal of the European Communities
in all Community languages. They are also published
on the Commissions' WebPage, together with detailed guides
for proposers and submission forms.
- Candidate State -
A state that is candidate for accession to the European Union.
Currently (January 2006) 5 countries have this status: Bulgaria,
Croatia, FYROM, Romania and Turkey. Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey
have already signed memoranda of understanding associating them
to FP6 and can participate on exactly the same basis as the Member
States. Croatia is also expected to sign the memorandum.
- Contract - An agreement between the
Community and the participants concerning the performance of an
indirect action establishing rights and obligations between the
Community and the participants on the one hand, and between the
participants in that indirect action, on the other.
- CORDIS - The Community
Research and Development Information System is a huge internet
information system comprising information on past and on-going
projects, current calls for proposals, partner search facilities
and many more features.
- Developing Countries, Emerging and
Transition Economies - all those apart from the following:
Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, SOuth Korea,
Taiwan and USA.
- EU - European Union
- European Research Area (ERA) - This
is a political concept proposed by the Commission and endorsed
by the European Parliament and Council to overcome the present
fragmentation of Europe's efforts in the area of research and
innovation. The concept comprises organising co-operation at different
levels, co-ordinating national or European policies, networking
teams and increasing the mobility of individuals and ideas. It
is an area where the scientific capacity and material resources
of the Members States can be put to best use. An area that is
open to the world where national and European policies can be
implemented more coherently, and where people and knowledge can
circulate more freely. The multiannual Framework Programmes are
the financial instruments to implement the ERA.
- FP5 - The fifth Framework Programme
1998-2002 had the objective of increasing the industrial competitiveness
and the quality of life for European citizens. Many projects that
have started during FP5 will continue throughout FP6.
- FP6 - The sixth Framework Programme
2002-2006 supports research co-operation and integration of research
efforts, promote mobility and co-ordination and invest into mobilising
research in support of other EU policies.
- Framework Programme - Since 1984,
research and innovation activities of the EU are bundled in one
big programme, the Framework Programme. Framework Programmes are
conceived for a period of 5 years. They are elaborated and proposed
by the Commission and adopted by European Parliament and Council
by the co-decision procedure.
- Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - The
total value of goods and services produced by a nation within
- Information package (Infopack) -
Together with the Calls for proposals, the Commission issues special
information packages with all documents and information necessary
to prepare a proposal. These packages contain the call text, the
respective work programme, a guide for proposal writing and administrative
are available in electronic form on CORDIS. Paper versions
will be provided only on special request.
- Member State (MS) - As from 1 May 2004 the 25 Member States of the EU are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
- Official Journal of the European Communities
- The Official Journal, published daily in 11 languages, consists
of two related series, the L series (Legislation) and the C series
(Information, notices and preparatory EU legislation), a supplement
and an annex. Calls for proposals for FP6 are published in series
C. The journal is accessible via internet.
- RTD - Research and Technological
- Third country means a state that
is neither a Member State nor an Associated State.
- Work Programme - specifies the detailed
implementation of the specific programmes of FP6. It comprises
detailed descriptions of the activities (detailed thematic priorities,
instruments used, evaluation criteria, deadlines, roadmaps). It
provides all information necessary to launch calls for proposals.
The extent to which a proposal addresses the objectives of the
work programme is an evaluation criterion (i.e. in order to prepare
a successful proposal, one has to read carefully the work programme
related to the call addressed).