Socrates: Minerva Action (New Technologies in Education) Minerva action of the Socrates Programme sets out to facilitate dialogue and exchange of experience and practice among experts working on the use of these new technologies in schools, universities and other forums of learning. Minerva also supports the development of new services in this area, where the human dimension is as important as the level of equipment. What instruments are available? Through Minerva, the European Commission supports three major types of activity: Projects to better understand and support innovationActivities to design new teaching methods and resources for the development of innovative learning environmentseducational approaches and services which take into account cultural and linguistic diversity Which countries are involved? Minerva is open to the participation of EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries, accession countries, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey. Who may apply? Minerva attaches particular importance to transnational projects based on partnerships which include a wide range of players: schools and universities, the multimedia and ICT sectors, publishers, ministries, regional governments, associations and experts from outside the school context. How to apply? Minerva is a centralised action, which means that projects must be submitted to the European Commission, which is responsible for the selection procedure. Further details will be published on the next call expected for July 2003. What is the budget and planning for the future years? Socrates has a global budget of 1,850 million euro for the seven-year period. The total annual budget allocated for Minerva is of 8.5 million euro. The average grant per year per project is between 100,000 and 130,000 euro. Grants are given according to a co-funding model. 35 to 40 projects are selected per year. How long will the programme run? The programme will run for seven years (2000-2006). What is the legal basis? Articles 149 and 150 of the EC Treaty. Decision 253/2000/EC of the European Parliament and the Council, of 24 January 2000 (OJ L 28 of 3/2/2000).