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C 85/10 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 15.3.

2001

Call for proposals for indirect actions under the programme to stimulate the development and use
of European digital content on the global networks and to promote linguistic diversity in the
information society (2001 to 2005)

(The eContent programme)


(2001/C 85/07)

(Text with EEA relevance)

In accordance with the Council Decision of 22 December 2000 information relating to this call, from the European
concerning the adoption of a programme to stimulate the Commission using one of the following addresses:
development and use of European digital content on the
global networks and to promote linguistic diversity in the European Commission
information society (1) (hereinafter referred to as the eContent Directorate-General for the Information Society
programme) the European Commission hereby invites eContent Information Desk
proposals for indirect actions under the programme. Jean Monnet Building, Office EUFO 1179
Rue Alcide de Gasperi
The eContent programme is based on three action lines L-2920 Luxembourg
referred to under part three of this call:
E-mail: eContent@cec.eu.int
(a) improving access to and use of public sector information; Fax (352) 4301 349 59
Web: www.cordis.lu/econtent
(b) enhancing content production in a multilingual and multi-
cultural environment; 3. Those eligible to participate in indirect actions under the
eContent programme are hereby invited to submit proposals
(c) increasing dynamism in the digital content market. that address those parts of the work programme given
below.
In conformity with Article 5 of the Council Decision, a work
programme (2), specifying detailed objectives and priorities and
Proposals submitted must correspond to the eContent
an indicative timetable for their implementation, was drawn up
2001-2002 work programme.
by the European Commission to serve as the basis for
implementing the programme up to 16 December 2002. The
objectives, priorities, indicative budget and types of indirect The indicative total budget available for this call is EUR 23
actions referred to in this call notice correspond to those set million of Community contribution (4).
out in the work programme.

1. This call relates to: Part 1 (Demonstration projects) — fixed deadline


(Call part identifier: EC-Y01-C1-P1)
— proposals, specified under part 1 of point 3 of this call,
Deadline for receipt of proposals: 15 June 2001 at 5 p.m.
called by a fixed deadline following which evaluation
(Luxembourg local time).
will take place. Proposals not having met this deadline
will not be considered under this call notice,
Action line 1: Improving access to and use of public sector
— proposals, specified under part 2 of point 3 of this call, information
called under a continuous submission scheme, under
which proposals may be submitted at any time. Sub-lines: AL 1.2.1 (establishment of European digital data
Proposals will be evaluated at intervals that depend on collections: demonstration projects).
the number received, but which will not exceed three
months. Proposals under this scheme may be submitted
Action line 2: Enhancing content production in a multi-
at any time up to the date of closure of the scheme.
lingual and multicultural environment
2. The eContent programme is implemented through indirect
actions as provided for in Annexes I and III to the Council Sub-lines: AL 2.1.1 (fostering new partnerships and the
Decision. adoption of multilingual and multicultural
strategies: demonstration projects);
Evaluation and selection criteria and modalities are given in
the point 4 of this call. AL 2.2.1 (strengthening the linguistic infra-
structure: improving the effectiveness of
Information on how to prepare and submit proposals is eContent customisation);
given in the guide for proposers (3), which can be
obtained, along with the work programme and other AL 2.2.3 (strengthening the linguistic infra-
structure: addressing the skills gap).
(1) OJ L 14, 18.1.2001, p. 32.
(2) www.cordis.lu/econtent. (4) Of this amount EUR 19 million are allocated on the 2001 budget,
(3) www.cordis.lu/econtent. the remainder will be committed under the 2002 budget for part 2.
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Part 2 (Definition phase projects and Accompanying — community added value and contribution to relevant
measures) — continuous submission scheme policies: 20 %,
(Call part identifier: EC-Y01-C1-P2)
— contribution to economic development and social
Action line 1: Improving access to and use of public sector objectives: 20 %.
information
5. All proposals responding to this call must be sent to the
Sub-lines: AL 1.1.2 (experiments in concrete projects: defi- Commission at the address indicated below in this notice by
nition phase projects and accompanying registered post, or delivered by hand or by courier. To be
measures); receivable, proposals must be submitted on paper and be
AL 1.2.2 (establishment of European digital data received by the Commission at the following address:
collections: definition phase projects and accom- — delivery by registered post:
panying measures).
Action line 2: Enhancing content production in a multi- European Commission
lingual and multicultural environment Directorate-General for the Information Society
The eContent Programme
Sub-lines: AL 2.1.2 (fostering new partnerships and the Jean Monnet Building, Office EUFO 1179
adoption of multilingual and multicultural Rue Alcide de Gasperi
strategies: definition phase projects); L-2920 Luxembourg,
AL 2.1.3 (fostering new partnerships and the — delivery by hand or courier service:
adoption of multilingual and multicultural
strategies: accompanying measures). European Commission
Directorate-General for the Information Society
Action line 3: Increasing dynamism in the digital content
The eContent Programme
market
Euroforum Building, Office EUFO 1179
Sub-lines: AL 3.1.3 (bridging the gap between digital Rue Robert Stümper 10
content industries and capital markets: accom- L-2557 Luxembourg,
panying measures);
before the applicable deadline (2).
AL 3.4.1 (dissemination of results: accompanying
measures). Further information is available in the guide for proposers.
Proposals may now be submitted at any time up to 16 Reminder: Please note that deadlines apply to receipt by
December 2002 at 5 p.m. (Luxembourg local time), by the Commission. In addition, failure to use the above
which time this call is expected to be further extended. address exactly as it is reproduced here could lead to
delays in having your proposal received by the eContent
Reminder: Partial support for conferences, workshops,
programme, and could lead to your proposal not being
seminars and exhibitions that address any part of the
received before the deadline.
work programme may also be requested using the standard
grant application forms as given in the guide for proposers (1), 6. In all correspondence relating to this call (e.g. when
where more information on this scheme is available. Grant requesting information or submitting a proposal) please
applications, which must be received at least six months in make sure to cite the applicable call part identifier.
advance of the event for which support is requested, may be
made at any time up to 16 December 2002. The evaluation In submitting a proposal, proposers accept the procedures
of these applications, which are considered accompanying and conditions as described in this call and in the
measures as defined in the eContent 2001-2002 work documents to which it refers.
programme, follows the procedure laid down in the guide
for proposers. All proposals received by the European Commission will be
treated in strict confidence.
4. In the evaluation process, the different criteria will be
weighted as follows: The European Community pursues an equal opportunities
— quality, relevance, innovation and impact: 30 %, policy and, in this context, women are particularly
encouraged to either submit proposals or to be involved
— partnership, resources and management: 30 %, in their submission.

(2) For courier services that require a telephone number for the
(1) Part of the guide for proposers is dedicated to grants. recipient, please use (352) 4301 340 31.