The ICT theme of the Cooperation Programme announced its second call for proposals on 12 June 2007. This call will support projects in nine research topics, covering five of the seven Challenges which the theme launched with its first call in the Seventh Framework Programme at the beginning of this year. The new call is funded at €477m. The first projects funded from this call will be launched early in 2008.

The European Commission will fund ICT research by selecting project proposals submitted following the publication of a ‘Call for proposals’. Call 2 of the ICT programme was published on 12/06/2007.

Calls are published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The call and any documents relating to it are also published on CORDIS. Users can set up a CORDIS Rapidus 'News' profile on CORDIS to receive an e-mail alert informing them of new calls, or sometimes even advance notice of calls that are imminent.

In addition to the description of the thematic areas, topics or research objectives, calls comprise information like Closure date(s), Indicative budget and its distribution per area and/or instrument, Minimum number of participants, One-stage or two-stage submission and evaluation procedure, Non-standard evaluation criteria and Indicative delays for evaluation and selection of proposals

For the ICT Theme, three calls for proposals are anticipated for 2007-2008. Full details on the scope of each call, the funding strategy and on budget allocation are outlined in the ICT Work Programme 2007-2008.

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