Kommission für Technology und Innovation (KTI) International: Information Technology for European Advancement ITEA
ITEA (Information Technology for European Advancement) is Europe's premier cooperative programme for pre-competitive research and development in embedded and distributed software. ITEA is a major contributor to the European Research Area (ERA), supporting coordinated national funding submissions within the EUREKA framework. Its programme is open to partners from large industrial companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as research institutes and universities.
ITEA projects are bottom-up, industry-driven initiatives, involving complementary R&D from at least two companies in two different countries (according to EUREKA rules). However, the number of industrial partners, both in terms of technology development and lead users, is usually higher. Projects must involve between 40 and 250 person-years and typically last two years. Consortia should include partners from large industries, SMEs and universities/research institutes.
THE CALL OPENS ON 20 JANUARY AND PROJECT OUTLINES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11 APRIL 2003
If you plan to participate, now is the time to visit ITEA's website http://www.itea-office.org/ and start defining the general direction and scope of your project, look for potential consortium partners, and investigate local funding possibilities. All 33 countries in the EUREKA framework give financial support to ITEA projects but, as each has its own rules for participation, you should get in touch with representatives of your National Public Authority first. It's your Call! You'll find a list of addresses of the National Public Authorities on ITEA's website http://www.itea-office.org/under "Project Calls".
ITEA Calls for Projects involve a two-step procedure. First, short Project Outlines (POs) are submitted. For those that are approved, the next step is to submit a Full Project Proposal (FPP). These are evaluated and, if approved, given the ITEA (EUREKA-endorsed) label. Project participants can then apply for funding in their own countries.
ITEA is now almost halfway through its eight-year programme (1999 - 2007). So far, 51 projects have been labelled (of which 15 have been finalised and 15 are expected to start up soon). Topics range from software for product line engineering to automotive platforms and from process automation to avionic systems.
The research areas outlined in the ITEA Rainbow Book and in the ITEA Technology Roadmap on Software Intensive Systems form the basis for the technical content of each Call. In addition, ITEA will publish early in December 2002 a list of themes that are particularly relevant to this Call (see http://www.itea-office.org/ under "Project Calls - Technical content").
In order to help you locate potential partners, join existing consortia, and find out more about the specifics of the Call, ITEA is organising a Project Outline preparation meeting on 20 and 21 January 2003 in Amsterdam. The provisional programme is published on the website. You can register your interest in participating by filling in the registration form on ITEA's website.