Over 99 % of the funds available were committed in the course of the year, putting an end to commitment of the budget for the 4th Framework Programme. A large proportion of the payments for the 12 200 projects continuing after 1998 remain to be made, either in 1999 or later. In all, 6 200 new projects were started in 199810, taking the total implemented under the 4th Framework Programme up to almost 22 000. The average selection rate for new proposals was up to 37%, compared with 26% in 1996 and 30% in 1997.
the new shared-cost action RTD projects were over 20% bigger than
the projects started in 1997, with the UnionŐs contribution alone
averaging ECU 660 000. This increase is not attributable to structural
factors (it is repeated in most of the specific programmes) but, instead,
to the will to concentrate the available resources on large-scale
projects, without however prejudicing the participation of SMEs. This
shift has been matched by an increase in the average number of partners
to almost six per project in 1998.
10- Of which 3750 were shared-cost actions, 250 concerted actions, and 2200 preparatory accompanying and support measures.