About RTD-Programmes Service
The programme is the major instrument through which the Commission pursues and finances European Union (EU) policy on Research and Technological Development (RTD).
The term 'programme' is used in a broad sense here to include EU programmes and initiatives under which individual projects or activities are carried out.
This service contains details of EU RTD Programmes and provides references to additional sources where the user can obtain further information if required. Each record includes various descriptive fields that give the programme objectives, its internal structure and key references.
The Framework Programme provides a legal basis for a variety of individual programmes, each of which requires a separate approval process. To identify the relationships between such entities, these umbrella programmes are also described in individual records in the RTD-Programmes service. Much of this information is derived from the Official Journal of the European Union.
The RTD-Programmes service provides a starting point to which most of the information in the other databases can be related. Related information to a programme is accessible from each programme record by clicking on the blue buttons on top of each programme factsheet (contacts, publications, news etc..).
Programmes will remain in the service for an indefinite period after completion to assist with research and with the planning of new initiatives. However, information will not generally be updated after a programme has been completed.
With the adoption of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) and the importance of establishing a European research area (ERA) this service now incorporates national RTD programmes and national competence centres only at this stage in the field of nanotechnologies, and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices.
For more information , see the NMP web service.
Note: Every record includes the fields marked with a red asterisk " *" ; other fields are also included if relevant information is available.
Database Record Management Fields
|Field Name||Field Content|
|Quality Validation Date *||The date that the information was checked prior to loading on the host|
|Record Control Number *||A unique reference number for this record|
|Update Date *||The date this record was created or last updated|
|Field Name||Field Content|
|Commission Service *||The Directorate General or Commission service responsible for the programme|
|Contract Types *||The types of contracts used in the programme|
|Description of Acronym *||A description of the acronym|
|Duration In Months||The duration of the programme in months|
|End Date||The programme end date|
|General Information||Additional information about the programme|
|Implementation||A description of the implementation of the programme including funding options and participation requirements|
|Key Programme Publications||Publications containing information about the programme|
|Legislative Date||The date of the Community legislative act relative to the programme|
|Legislative Reference||The reference of the Community legislative act relative to the programme|
|Number of Projects||The number of projects in the RTD-Projects Service within this programme|
|Objectives *||The programme objectives|
|Official Journal Date||The date of the Official Journal in which the Decision was published|
|Official Journal Reference||The edition of the Official Journal in which the Decision was published|
|Programme Funding||Programme funding in Million Euro|
|Programme Acronym *||The abbreviation used to identify a programme|
|Programme Relationships||References to related programmes|
|Programme Status *||The status of the programme|
|Country *||Country from which the national programme or national competence centre comes. The country is mentioned only for the national activities.|
|Programme Type *||The programme's main legal framework or area of activity|
|Revisions||Details of revisions to the programme|
|Remarks||Additional information about the programme|
|Start Date||The programme start date|
|Short Title||A short descriptive title|
|Subject Index Classification Codes *||The CORDIS Subject Index Classification Codes|
|Subdivisions of the Programme||The major subdivisions of the programme|
|Title *||The title of the programme|
|URL||The URL of the programme|
This field gives the reference of the Community legislative act (Decision, Directive, Regulation, etc.) which constitutes the legal basis of the programme.
Example entry: 2002-11-17
This field gives the reference of the Community legislative act (Decision, Directive, Regulation, etc.) which constitutes the legal basis of the programme. References to Council Regulations are in the form 9999/YY/CCC, where 9999 represents the Council sequence number, YY represents the year, and CCC represents either EU, ECSC, or EURATOM.
References to Council Decisions and directives are in the form YY/9999/ AAA,BBB,CCC where YY represents the year, 9999 represents the Council sequence number, and AAA,BBB,CCC represents any or all of EC, ECSC, and EURATOM, referring to the three major EU Treaties. If the programme has not been voted on this field will be blank and will not appear in the user output.
Example entry: 2002/834/EC
This is a multiple entry field containing one or more three-letter codes and text expansions, corresponding to representative types of contracts used in the programme. Examples include:
Networks of excellence
Specific targeted research project
Specific support action
Cooperative research contract
Collective research project
Example entry: Integrated project
This field contains the name, title or other expression from which the acronym is derived.
Example entry: Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health in the 6th Framework Programme
This field shows the planned duration of the programme in months, as given in the Council Decision.
Example entry: 51
This field shows the end date for the programme. The end date is calculated from the start date using the duration given in the Council Decision. Certain older records may show an approximate date only. Projects within the programme may continue beyond the official end date of the programme.
Example entry: 2006-12-31
This field contains general information relating to the programme. This is usually important information for which no other field provides a proper category.
Example entry: This Priority 1 thematic area falls under the Focusing and Integrating Community Research programme of the Sixth Framework Programme 2002-2006. The priority thematic areas represent the bulk of expenditure under the Sixth Framework Programme...
This field describes how the programme is to be implemented, funded, and the conditions for participation. It provides important background information for those interested in participating in the programme.
Example entry: The Commission shall be responsible for the implementation of the specific programme. The Commission shall draw up a work programme...
This field provides references to publications that give more detailed information about the programme and its administration.(e.g.major background studies, annual reports, and programme final reviews.). Only the English language reference is given. Bibliographic references to other publications and reports can be found in the RTD-Publications Service.
Example entry: CASEY T ET AL. The mobility of academic researchers - academic careers & recruitment in ICT and biotechnology: a joint JRC/IPTS and ESTO study.
This field shows the number of projects under the programme listed in the RTD-Projects Service.
Example entry: 407 project(s) described in the CORDIS Projects Database 0 (Project information for this programme is currently not available in the CORDIS Projects Database)
This field contains a definition of the primary aims of the programme.
Example entry: This thematic priority 1 will stimulate and sustain multidisciplinary basic research to exploit the full potential of genome information to underpin applications to human health.
This field shows the date of the Official Journal of the European Union in which the decision was published.
Example entry: 2002-10-29
This field shows the reference required to identify the relevant copy of the Official Journal of the European Union containing the text of the Council Decision, Directive or Regulation.
Entries in this field consist of a letter, then a space and then a three digit number. This space must be included in search strings to obtain the correct results.
Example entry: L 294
The programme funding is in Million Euro. Some older projects are funded in Units of Account.
Example entry: 2255.00 million euro
The acronym or abbreviation in this field identifies the programme described in the record and may also be used to search in other CORDIS databases for records which are relevant to that programme. Some Commission programmes do not have an official acronym suitable for use as a database reference. In such an instance CORDIS will generate its own acronym. Acronyms generated by CORDIS are indicated by the suffix C. For example: FRAMEWORK 6C
Example entry: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTHtop
The RTD-Programmes Relationship field will generally identify other closely related programmes (Framework programme, Umbrella Programme, Previous Programme, Next Programme), using either the official programme acronym or, where none exists, a CORDIS acronym.
Framework programme(s): FRAMEWORK 6C
Umbrella programme(s): FP6-INTEGRATING
Previous programme(s): LIFE QUALITY
The entries in this field are defined below:
Proposed: The programme has been proposed but not yet approved by the Council of Ministers.
Execution: The programme is currently on-going.
Completed: The programme is completed although certain projects may continue to run after programme completion.
Example entry: Execution
This field contains a number which provides a unique reference for each record in this database. It is a useful way of quickly retrieving the record and should also be noted in queries to the CORDIS Help Desk when they relate to a specific record.
Example entry: 712
This field contains the reference number, date and a brief summary of each revision affecting the Council Decision, Directive or Regulation, as well as the reference number and date of the Official Journal of the European Union in which the revision was published. All other fields in the record are updated to show the information relating to these revisions.
Example entry: Council Decision : 751518/EEC 1975-08-25 O.J. Reference : L 231 1975-09-02 Revision setting out the requirement for an annual review and redefining the content of the research
This field contains any additional information relating the programme.
Example entry: The record is based on thematic priority 1 of the Sixth Framework Programme.
This field shows the start date for the programme. If a programme has not yet officially started this field will be empty and will not appear in the user output.
Example entry: 2002-09-30
This field contains a code representing the Commission Directorate General (DG) or Service responsible for the programme
Example entry: Research DG
The CORDIS Subject Index Classification Codes
Example entry: Medicine, Health
This field contains a list of the main programme subdivisions, supported by a brief description for each one.
Example entry: The Community activities carried out under genomics and biotechnology for health address the following aspects:
Advanced genomics and its applications for health etc.
This field contains the title of the programme as it appears in the Official Journal of the European Union..
Example entry: Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health:
Thematic Priority 1 under the Focusing and Integrating Community Research Programme 2002-2006.
The date that the information was checked prior to loading it.
Example entry: 2003-09-27
This field shows the date on which the record was last updated. It is not necessarily the date on which the information was current.
Example entry: 2003-10-04
The Boolean operators "AND", "OR" and "NOT" may be combined with search terms in the text boxes. If two or more terms are entered with either a comma or a space separating them, the default operator will be "AND".
Phrase searches should be put in double quotes (e.g. "License Agreement").
Wildcards ("?" for 1 character, or "*" for multiple characters) may be used within terms or to truncate word endings (e.g. "parasit*";"analy?e").
Multiple terms may be selected in any of the list boxes in the Advanced Search or Professional Search interfaces. To select multiple terms using Windows, hold down the control key while clicking on your terms.
Additional information about searching the CORDIS Database services.
Last updated on: 2010-11-18