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As an initiative of the Association of Finnish Civil Engineers - RIL, an activity called FutureConstruct was established late 2001. The activity is run by Villa Real as a consulting promotion service. The leading CREC organisations in Finland are funding the activity as well as participating in the steering committee, as listed below.
FutureConstruct's principal objectives are as follows:
1 Promote EU6RTD, EUREKA and COST within the Construction and Real Estate Cluster - CREC in Finland
The EU's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development - EU6RTD offers 17,500 MEUR for European RTD projects in 2002-06. The most interesting specific programmes for the CREC are the following (as per the European Parliament 15 May 2002):
EU6RTD is aimed at contributing towards the creation of the European Research Area - ERA, which is reflected as new principal project types or instruments are briefly described below, as they appear at this writing:
Integrated Projects - IP
Networks of Excellence - NoE
Typical to both instruments is the autonomy of the project and the consortium (externalisation). The project contents will be refined during the implementation of the project. New sub-projects can be established and new partners taken in through own public call. The budget and received EU funding can be used pretty freely without the detailed scrutiny of person-hours and cost categories by the Commission, which is then concentrating on the results, output instead of input, which is right.
The minimum number of partners is three from three countries. Yet, because of the project size, it is obvious that the projects must improve European competitiveness or society. Thus successful proposal must in practice have an industry-wide Pan-European participation where the applicant countries, or Newly Associated States - NAS, must not be forgotten.
Specific Targeted Research Projects - STRP
Specific research projects for SMEs:
Other instruments available, not described here in more details, are:
National programmes carried out jointly - Article 169: Apparently for no good use.
Networking of national programmes: To be determined.
Specific support actions: Similar to earlier accompanying measures.
Coordination actions: Similar to earlier thematic networks and concerted actions.
Further information and follow-up, please take a look at www.cordis.lu and http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/documents_en.html for updated documents in all EU languages.
2 Consult the National R&D Programmes for their internationalisation
In Finland, the principal ongoing national CREC-related R&D programmes totalling 196 MEUR have been briefed:
For further information about Finnish R&D programmes, take a look at the National Technology Agency - Tekes.
3 Influence EU6RTD to make it more favourable for the needs of CREC
This is principally made through European Council of Civil Engineers - ECCE, where Mr Tupamäki is Chairman of the R&D Task Force.
Continuously updated information about different FutureConstruct topics and actions is presented on the following pages, yet only in Finnish. Reports, minutes and other related documents are available to the members of the Steering Committee (Johtoryhmä) only.