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INCO, under the fourth framework programme (FP4), was the first attempt to embrace the full range of international scientific activities focused on third countries and international bodies. The study team developed a scoring method to assess the outcomes of a sample of collaborative projects with a wide range of third countries in relation to (a) the collaboration achieved and (b) the project content. Thematic areas of projects relate broadly to agriculture, human health and environment. Positive impact of INCO and STD research was achieved through maintaining scientific activities even during major societal change in many developing and NIS countries. Projects made significant contributions to policy-related understanding of third countries for EU purposes, the scientific capabilities of these third countries and their socio-economic needs. Health research tended to show faster effects than agricultural research projects. Room for improvement is also discussed.

This study, carried out for DG Research, makes a number of specific recommendations relating to particular aspects of the INCO programme, 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. This report is also available in the (CORDIS Document Library).

Additional information

Authors: HARRAP K A ET AL, Science Connections Ltd, Buxton (GB), (Chairman of Impact Panel);VAN DE BUNT-KOKHUIS S, VDB Consulting, Bloemendaal (NL), (Rapporteur of Impact Panel)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20452 EN/2 (2003), 249pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NB-20452-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32-2-295-8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4349-9
Record Number: 200317134 / Last updated on: 2003-12-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en