The European Union has now announced details of the most important R&D support programme for European manufacturing industry. £1.7bn (Euro 2.5bn) is available for major industrial projects from the Competitive and Substantial Growth (CSG) programme which is part of Framework 5 (covering 1999-2002, see November/December 1998 Connectfor details).
CSG (formerly called BRITE) will cover up to 50% of costs for projects lasting typically 2-3 years and of up to ~7m (Euro 10m) total cost. At least two companies or organisations from different EU Member States must be involved in any project.
The Specific Key Actions covered are:
- Innovative products, processes and organisation of production:
efficient production, design, extended product life, intelligent manufacturing, eco-efficient processes, waste recycling management of change etc.