Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


The Treaty of European Union foresees the strengthening of the Communities technology base through Community-supported research programmes. The common good must always be at the centre of publicly-funded intervention. Thus the Community contract respects both the autonomy of industry, as well as its legitimate interests. A contractor will never be forced to disclose information which belongs to him, when such a disclosure could risk his competitivity against third parties who he himself would not have chosen as a partner.

This small leaflet is not a legally-binding document. It is not exhaustive, but rather attempts to cover the the principles and main contractual conditions resulting in the protection and dissemination of the results from Community-sponsored research activities, in a brief and simplified manner. It is no substitute for reading the relevant regulatory documents, and is certainly not an alternative to seeking professional specialist advice. Nevertheless it should provide an insight for contractors and potential contractors in Community research projects, especially those (SMEs, university research groups etc.) often having no previous expert knowledge of their own in this field.

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