Renewables part of amended research program approved by MEPs

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to accept proposals for the Sixth Research Framework Program (FP6). The research program has been subject to lengthy discussion between the parliament, council and commission, and was finally approved by MEPs in May with a package of 34 compromise amendments. Of the program's total EUR 17.5 billion budget, funding for renewables falls under the heading "sustainable energy systems" with a budget of EUR 810 million. The commission has already launched a call for expressions of interest from organisations interested in submitting proposals under two areas: Integrated Projects -- large multi-million euro projects integrating different activities and resources; or Networks of Excellence -- aiming to network resources and expertise to be a world force in a particular research topic. The program is to enter into force in January 2003, but meantime, the first call for project proposals will be at the end of this year.

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