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This is a report of a prototype project to assess the impact of a number of completed or nearly completed FP4 projects in INCO-1 and some earlier examples in the STD programme. It concludes that there has been identifiable positive impact of research from INCO and STD in a very diverse programme of activities in many geographical areas and several relevant scientific fields. There are, however, certain informational and managerial weaknesses that require attention to facilitate future work on assessing project and programme impacts.

The report makes a number of specific recommendations relating to particular aspects including: management and implementation; project final reports; issues for assessment of impact; industrial partners; European added value; themes of interest to developing countries; and international S&T cooperation as a dimension of foreign policy.

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