The European Commission launched the first call for proposals relating to the eContent Plus Programme
On 9 September, the final version of the call and the work programme were published. Main changes concern the deadline, that was fixed at 24 November 2005, and some administrative rules:
- Proposers submitting on paper will have to submit only two copies (one bound original and one unbound copy).
- The draft Guide for Proposers foresaw that the role of the co-ordinator may be carried out by two applicants, with one responsible for the technical co-ordination, and the other responsible for financial matters. This has been dropped. There will be only one co-ordinator. However, the consortium could allocate technical co-ordination tasks to other beneficiaries.
- The joint financial responsibility covers all beneficiaries, and the exclusion of public organisations has been dropped.
The new eContent Plus programme (2005-2008) foresees €163 M for the whole period and aims to make European digital content more accessible and useable by facilitating the creation and diffusion of information and knowledge at a European level. Thus it is meant to boost the consumer demand for high-speed Internet and 3Gmobile services. It foresees 3 sets of measures:
- Facilitating access to, use and exploitation of digital content
- Improving quality and facilitating best practice for digital content
- Reinforcing co-operation and awareness
Priority areas are: geographical, educational, and cultural/scientific and scholarly content.
Further information, click here and see the European Commission website on eContent Plus