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Brite-Euram III (1994-1998)


The Industrial and Materials Technologies (Brite-Euram III) programme provided support to industry, academia and research organisations for pre-competitive collaborative and cooperative research in materials, design and manufacturing technologies. In addition, the programme included a special emphasis on transport sectors - aeronautics, automobiles, ships and trains.

The main aims of the programme were:

  • stimulation of technological innovation
  • encouragement of traditional sectors of industry to incorporate new technologies and processes
  • promotion of multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary technologies
  • development of scientific and technological collaboration

The different sectors that were covered by the programme are described in the Workprogramme, and are summarised here:

Area 1:

    Production technologies, including:
  • mining, construction and processing, general manufacturing and cleaner processing
  • development of clean production technologies
  • rational management of raw materials
  • safety and reliability of production systems
  • human and organisational factors within production systems

Area 2:

    Materials and technologies for production innovation, including:
  • materials engineering
  • new methodologies for product design and manufacture
  • reliability and quality of materials and products
  • technologies for recovering products at the end of their life cycle
Area 3:
    Technologies for transport, including:
  • cars, aeroplanes, ships and trains
  • design and systems integration
  • technologies for improved efficiency and environmental protection
  • technologies for safety and operation
The range of Brite-EuRam activities covered:

1. Shared-cost actions - the principal form of financing supported under Brite-EuRam III where the Commission provides 50% of the costs of RTD projects selected following a call for proposals. 75% of the available funds were allocated in this way.

2. Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs - this formula allowed groups of SMEs with insufficient resources of their own to commission university laboratories or research centres to carry out RTD activities for them.

3. Thematic Networks - these brought together various individually-run projects that shared similar technological or industrial objectives. The networks could give greater coherence to research activities and encourage the exchange of know-how and technologies. Type 1 networks brought together projects that had not yet received Commission funding, and included two stages (exploratory and implementation phases) in order to encourage network creation. Type 2 networks brought together projects already financed by Brite-EuRam and covered the implementation phase only.

4. Accompanying measures - included organisation of conferences and workshops, carrying out studies, use of external experts and campaigns to stimulate expressions of interest.

5. Marie Curie Research Training Grants - Industrial Research Experience was aimed at broadening the experience of qualified young engineers and scientists by exposing them to industrial research with one of the partners in a Brite-EuRam III research project.

6. ECSC Steel Research - the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) created a framework for collaborative research and an effective network of researchers, promoting not only quality scientific and technological results, but also effective technology transfer with rapid implementation of research results. Click here to view the ECSC-Steel Research Homepage.

Further information
Projects and Results Brite-Euram III projects and research results are available on this website (see menu to left). Browse the CORDIS RTD-Projects database and the CORDIS RTD-Results database for information on other RTD programmes.
Research before 1994 Information on Brite-Euram projects and results carried out before 1994 can be found by accessing the CORDIS RTD-Projects database or the RTD-Results database, selecting Brite/Euram 1 or Brite/Euram 2 under Programme acronyms, and proceeding with Search.
Research after 1998 Information on Industrial and Material Technologies initiated under the Fifth Framework programme (1998-2002) can be found on the Competitive and Sustainable Growth website.
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