the 5th Framework Programme: the Next Stage
The 5th Framework Programme was a landmark in the development
of the application of E.U. Framework Programmes to aeronautics.
introduced new concepts for structuring aeronautics research.
established innovatory types of large project that allow technologies
to be integrated and validated.
substantially increased the scale of aeronautics activity. o
It applied new approaches to the focus and definition of projects.
measures recommended in this paper represent a step forward in
establishing additional mechanisms that will help to focus Research
& Technology better throughout Europe. The consultations envisaged
will help to develop the next Framework Programme and will also
influence other activities.
The industry expects that the 6th Framework Programme will also
have a very important part to play in conjunction with the other
mechanisms by which Research & Technology Development is advanced
In parallel with the consultation recommended here the industry
will further develop its technology objectives and plan the projects
that will be necessary to achieve them. These plans will also
be progressively informed both by the measures outlined here and
by the evolution of the market and by local and national discussions.
The effective planning, execution and application of Research
& Technology Development will not, therefore, depend on a single
sequential stream of activity but on our ability to fuse together
a coincident variety of information, activities, capabilities
and mechanisms into an effective whole.