London, UK Project applications under the 'Research and Innovation' programme within the European Framework Programme Six (FP6) are being sought and the overall budget for these proposals is €17.3million.
The focus is on regional innovation policies, including new tools and approaches, and this call is split into three distinct areas.
Regional Innovation Strategies in which projects funded will develop regional strategies in the new Member States who have not yet benefited from funding under previous calls (a list of regions having received funding is available here).
A series of pilot projects are sought to develop research and innovation policy impact assessment systems that can be transferred to other European regions. This call is particularly relevant to regional organisations in the field of innovation/economics/regional development agencies.
A number of Support Actions (SSAs) will be funded to enhance the implementation of the action plans from Regional Innovation Strategies in the New Accession Countries (RIS-NAC).
The deadline for applications is 16th June.
In addition, the Commission has published a separate call for proposals for an Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk. The contract involves assisting potential and current contractors taking part in research projects, specifically with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), finance and exploitation issues.
Further information and all relevant documents can be obtained via the available on the is Cordis web page).