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  2. Community RTD in 1998
   
 

Creation of a European research area

 

One way in which Community research immediately adds value lies in the number and quality of the links which it establishes and maintains between research teams in the Union. In 1998 some 28 000 new participations lent added strength to this European research area. The 21 000 participations in shared-cost action alone created almost 90 000 collaborative links for researchers in the European Union, 83 % of which were transnational links.

In terms of quality, the selection procedures ensure that the Community RTD projects bring together the best teams in Europe. Nevertheless, every region in Europe is involved, including the less-favoured regions eligible under Objective 1 of the Structural Funds, which were represented in 40% of the projects started in 1998.

The Training and Mobility of Researchers programme plays an important role in underpinning sustainable development of a European RTD area, by opening the doors to training or even a European career for young scientists. The Marie Curie fellowships granted under this programme allowed Europe-wide mobility for the equivalent of around 1 100 full-time researchers in 1998, to whom must be added 950 researchers trained in the "research networks" activity and the grants awarded directly under the thematic programmes. Most of these young scientists were given employment contracts with their host institution for the duration of their training.

   
     
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