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This study examines the extent to which firms that participated in EC-funded R&D projects, or those that made non-selected proposals for EC R&D funding, have been involved subsequently in further collaborative activities, and also looks at the nature of these activities. The rationale is to investigate whether by supporting cooperative R&D activities the EC's objective to increase industrial competitiveness is reinforced by an indirect beneficial effect on competitiveness through a simulation of subsequent collaborative activities (SCAs). The findings are based on a questionnaire survey of 208 firms that participated in EC-funded R&D projects and 353 firms that applied for EC R&D funding but were not selected. Evidence is found for at least two important effects which have, until now, received little attention: a dynamic effect on participants of EC programmes who, having collaborated once, find the coordination costs of further collaboration to be lower, and an indirect investment effect on non-selected applicants who, having incurred the sunk cost of preparing the proposal, may decide that collaboration is worthwhile even without EC funding.

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Authors: KATSOULACOS Y, University of Liverpool (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16049 EN (1994) 83 pp., FS, ECU 11.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-9325-2
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