Editors welcome:   
A very happy new year to all our readers.   
Welcome to the 16th issue of Water and Soil Times, the first one of 2006. This issue includes news on topics such as: past and coming calls for proposals, preparation 
of the Seventh Framework Programme, next events on water-related issues. After two and half years of existence we are proud to announce that the newsletter is now distributed to more than 2,500 subscribers. Therefore EC-supported
R&D projects are kindly invited to use it as a vehicle for wide dissemination of their activities and results. If you would like to see any particular items included,
please contact the Editor (see references below). You are welcome to forward Water and Soil Times to anyone you think may be interested in the contents. If you have received it from someone else and would like
to sign up yourself, please go to the web site: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/maili ... FP6 - Global Change and Ecosystems: Evaluation of the 4th Call for proposals: The evaluation stage of the 4th Call for proposals of the FP6 priority “Global Change and Ecosystems”, of which deadline was on 3 November 2005, has been finalised
for the traditional instruments (Specific Targeted Research Projects, Specific Support Actions, Coordination Actions). A total of 219 proposals for these
instruments was evaluated, of which 45 proposals are expected to be retained for negotiation. Successful proposals represent a total potential investment
of 117 million Euro, for which the EU would provide 85 million Euro of contribution. The first evaluation stage for the new instruments (Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence) was also completed. A total of 68 proposals was evaluated.
Coordinators of the 30 proposals retained in stage 1 were invited to submit a complete stage 2 proposal by 2 March 2006. It is estimated that the first contracts related to this call will be signed as from June 2006 for the traditional instruments and from October 2006 for the
new instruments. FP6 - Policy-oriented research – Scientific support to policies: A new call for proposals: A new call for proposals (identifier FP6-2005-SSP-5A) of the FP6 priority 8.1 “Policy-oriented research – Scientific support to policies” was published
on CORDIS on 22 December 2005, with a closure date on 22 March 2006 and an estimated budget of 77 Million Euro. The priority “Sustainable management of Europe’s natural resources” addresses: - The area “Environmental assessment (soil, water, air, noise, including the effects of chemical substances)”, including topics such as: Task 4. Ecological status assessment - filling the gaps Task 5. Operational interface linking scientific knowledge to the implementation and development of water policies Task 6. Assessing the health risks of environmental stressors Task 7. Characterisation of mining waste - The area “Assessment of environmental technologies for support of policy decisions, in particular concerning effective but low-cost technologies in
the context of fulfilling environmental legislation”, which is addressed by the following topics: Task 1. Measuring eco-innovation Task 2. Identification and assessment of training needs, methods and activities for the wider use of environmental technologies in key sectors Task 3. Comparison and assessment of funding schemes for the development of new activities and investments in environmental technologies Under another priority, a contribution to the Water Framework Directive and complementary measures including civil protection to be taken in the field
of cultural heritage has been foreseen within the area “The protection of cultural heritage and associated conservation strategies”, one of its tasks being
“To help protect cultural heritage from environmental damage particularly in relation to flooding”. The full details of the call, including the tasks description “Detailed background for call SSP-5A”, can be found at: http://fp6.cordis.europa.eu.int/index. ... FP6 - Global Change and Ecosystems: A coming call to promote international co-operation: The Commission is planning to launch in February 2006 a dedicated call aiming to give ongoing selected projects of the priority “Global Change and Ecosystems”
the possibility to involve in their consortia researchers, teams and institutions from INCO target countries (ftp://ftp.cordis.lu/pub/fp6/docs/wp/sp1/sp1_annexc_wp_200213_en.pdf),
which will benefit from Community financial contribution. The overall budget expected to be available for environmental projects within this dedicated
call is of about 3.7 Million Euro. International scientific co-operation represents an important dimension of the Sixth Framework Programme, to allow European actors to have access to
knowledge and expertise existing elsewhere in the world and to contribute to the resolution of the major global issues. General information on the international
scientific co-operation activities of the Commission is available at: http://cordis.europa.eu.int/inco/home_ ... FP6 - Global Change and Ecosystems: Launch of new projects: Many Specific Targeted Research Projects which answered successfully the 3rd Call for proposals of the priority “Global Change and Ecosystems” have recently
started: ECODIS, “Dynamic Sensing of Pollution Disasters and Predictive Modelling of Their Ecological Impact”, coordinated by Wageningen Universiteit, Wageningen,
the Netherlands (contact: Prof. Herman P. van Leeuwen); FACEiT, “Fast Advanced Cellular and Ecosystems Information Technologies”, coordinated by the University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Swiss (contact: Prof.
Jan Roelof van der Meer); SUSAN “Sustainable and Safe Re-use of Municipal Sewage Sludge for Nutrient Recovery”, coordinated by Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung,
Berlin, Germany (contact: Dr. Gerd Kley); TWINLATIN, “Twinning European and Latin-American River Basins for Research Enabling Sustainable Water Resources Management”, coordinated by IVL, Stockholm,
Sweden (contact: Dr. Sam Ekstrand). Other new running projects addressing the topics of the 3rd Call are: The Coordination Action NORMAN, “Network of reference laboratories and related organisations for monitoring and bio-monitoring of emerging environmental
pollutants”, coordinated by Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques, Verneuil-en-Halatte, France (contact: Ms. Valeria Dulio);
The Integrated Project TECHNEAU, “Technology enabled universal access to safe water”, coordinated by Kiwa N.V., Rijswijk, the Netherlands (contact:
Dr. Adriana Hulsmann). For further information about these projects, please contact the coordinators. FP7 preparation - Agreement on Financial Perspectives and publication of the Commission proposal for the Rules for participation: On 17 December 2005 European leaders agreed on a maximum EU budget of just over 862 billion Euro for the period of the Union’s next so-called Financial Perspective (http://www.fco.gov.uk/Files/kfile/Finan ...
Compared to the Commission proposal (excluding the European Development Fund and the EU Solidarity Fund), the cut is equal to 132 billion Euro. In terms of its impact on EU research and development activities, the compromise falls short of the doubling of the FP7 budget originally put forward by the
Commission. However the final agreement, as proposed by the UK Presidency ahead of the Brussels summit, states that “EU funding for resea
Posted: 16/01/2006 By: Mr Jörg Frauenstein