"Degradation and Instabilities in Geomaterials with Application to Hazard Mitigation" (DIGA) is a Research and Training Network programme supported by the European Union under the Fifth Framework Programme, individual programme "Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic Base".
For more information about Research and Training Networks in general, please see the above linked web-page, and especially the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions. The main point is that
The primary objective of Research Training Networks is to promote training-through-research, especially of young researchers, both pre- and post-doctoral level, within the frame of high quality transnational collaborative research projects, including those in emerging fields of research. In addition to their primary role of training young researchers, Research Training Networks are also intended to encourage the interaction between different disciplines, the combination of different technologies, the dissemination of results and co-operation between academia and industry.
The research objective of the network is threefold:
DIGA is a project funded by the European Commission, with an overall budget of 1 350 000 €, of which sum more than 60% will be used to provide at least 259 man-months of research and training for young researchers. The duration of the project is four years, starting from October 2002. The project team is formed by nine institutions, which have already participated in joint research programmes and six of which are members of the Alliance de Laboratoires Européens pur la Recherche et la Technologie (A.L.E.R.T.).