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  • IPR HelpDesk - Intellectual Property Rights

    Provides comprehensive information and support services to contractors involved in European Community-funded RTD projects in matters of intellectual and industrial property rights (IPR). It offers two main services - an informative website open to all interested parties, and a free legal Helpline aimed at participants in EU-funded research under the Fourth & Fifth Framework Programmes and the Eureka initiative.

  • Gate2Growth Initiative

    Provides guidance on innovation financing sources and help with locating professional expertise in innovation financing issues

  • Innovation Relay Centres (IRCs)

    Network of centres in the European Union and beyond providing local help to promote technology partnerships and transfer. The goal of the IRC network is to promote innovation, to encourage exchange of research results between organisations across Europe, and to provide advice, consulting and training support which meets the specific needs of each company and their local industrial situation.

  • European Information Centres (EICs)

    EICs provide information, advice and assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in all Community matters

  • European Business and Innovation Centre Network (BICs)

    Providing support to regional economic development through enterprise and innovation

Other Sources
  • Proposal Preparation Tool - ProTool Help Pages

    Detailed help pages offering pointers to the different sources of assistance available to potential proposers wishing to prepare and electronically submit a proposal for the Fifth Framework Programme using ProTool.
    Please note that the ProTool Service is no longer available. Nevertheless, the site can be accessed for information purposes.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (Europa server)

    Detailed Questions & Answers on European Union research programmes and activities.

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