Monday, September 12, 2005

e-ContentPlus programme calls launched

It took more than the summertime for the European Commission to get their call for proposals finalised. Now the Commission has adopted the eContentplus Work Programme and call for proposals 2005 on 9 September 2005. Both documents have been published in English.

A call announcement, pointing to the full call text on the programme web site, has been been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on Saturday, 10 September 2005 (OJ C 223). The eContentplus Helpdesk adds that the final versions of the Work Programme, the call for proposals and the Guide for Proposers contain the following changes in relation to the drafts made available to the public in June:

- The call closing date has changed to 24 November 2005, 17:00 Luxembourg time (originally it was 11 November 2005, 17:00 Luxembourg time).

- Proposers submitting on paper will have to submit only two copies (one bound original and one unbound copy).

- The draft Guide for Proposers said that the role of the co-ordinator may be carried 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 financial joint responsibility covers all beneficiaries, and the exclusion for public organisations has been dropped.

These changes are also listed on the programme website. Further information on the last two points is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Web site. The new model grant agreement for eContentplus and Safer Internet plus will be published after its adoption by the Commission (scheduled for 15 September).

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