Previous Connect articles have given an overview of the EC Framework 5 programme (1999-2002) which funds collaborative R&D, Technology Transfer and Training projects across Europe (Nov/Dec 1998) and of two significant components of this programme. CRAFT is concerned with funding research and development projects for small companies (Jul/Aug 1999) and CSG covers the R&Dmp;D funding of major industrial projects (Oct/Nov 1999).
This article summarises the scope and structure of a further component which is of major relevance to a number of TWI Member companies - EESD (R&Dmp;D funding for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development).
More than £1.4bn (Euro 2bn) is available to support projects in six key actions concerned with environmental, sustainable development and energy. The latter is of most immediate relevance to Member companies as it includes work on:
Cleaner energy systems