.: EU Networks of Excellence :.
As stated in the provisions for their implementation (http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/instruments_en.html
), Networks of Excellence are designed to strengthen scientific and technological excellence on a particular research topic by integrating at European level the critical mass of resources and expertise needed to provide European leadership and to be a world force in that topic. This expertise will be networked around a joint program of activities aimed principally at creating a progressive and durable integration of the research capacities of the network partners while, of course, at the same time advancing knowledge on the topic. Networks of excellence are therefore an instrument designed primarily to overcome the fragmentation of European research where the main deliverable consists of a durable structuring and shaping of the way that research in Europe is carried out on particular research topic. It is important that these networks do not act as “closed clubs”, concentrating only on strengthening the excellence of the partners inside the network. Each network will therefore also be given a mission to spread excellence beyond the boundaries of its partnership. Training will be an essential component of this mission. Networks of excellence are to be used in implementing the priority thematic areas of the Sixth Framework Program (FP 6).