EUROPEAN IT companies will be able to apply for grants from a budget of Euro 3.6 billion, which has been earmarked for information society research from 2002-2006, if new proposals from the European Commission for a new framework research programme, are agreed by EU ministers and the European Parliament.

Brussels' research commissioner Philippe Busquin has also announced that he wants the new EU research programme to be funded with Euro 2 billion for nanotechnologies and intelligent materials and Euro 2.3 billion for the anticipation ...

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