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AUSSIE RESEARCHERS STORM EUROPE

12 November 2002 MIN93/02

Australian researchers have been given the chance to tap into Europe’s major R&D programs and gain access to a $A29 billion research budget.

Federal Science Minister Peter McGauran today announced that Australia has been selected by the European Commission to participate in the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme (FP6) for Research and Technological Development.

"The Programme will provide $A29 billion in funds for research activities over four years. These funds represent only 5% of the total S&T spent in Europe, so the potential for Australian researchers to attract further project opportunities from participation in FP6 projects are enormous," Mr McGauran said.

"The 6th Framework Programme is the first time that non-European researchers can compete for funding in their own right under this important EU programme.

"Participation in the programme is based on excellence not location, so Australian researchers can work with their European colleagues on major, long-term projects in science and technology.

"A mission of selected Australian organisations will attend the 11-13 November launch of FP6 and use the opportunity to highlight Australia’s S&T capabilities through a dedicated ‘Australian’ seminar and evening event.

The mission is being supported by the Government under its

Innovation Access Program, part of Backing Australia’s Ability and the Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology.

The major priorities of the 6th Framework Programme include the creation of a single European Research Area, accessing excellence in science wherever it is located and a move towards larger, longer-term projects.

 

For further information: Jodie Forbes (Minister McGauran’s Office) 02 62777440

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