You are now reading RTD-News, one of the group of databases making up CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service. CORDIS is run by the European Commission and covers details of the European Union's research activities. It is part of the VALUE programme for the dissemination and exploitation of RTD results in Europe. RTD-News is now available under the ECHO public password for a trial period, and gives an idea of the wealth of information on EU-funded research and development contained in the family of CORDIS databases. The RTD-News service is complemented by seven other databases. These include information on programmes, projects, publications, acronyms, Commission documents and research results, as well as a partners search database which provides valuable help in finding partners at any stage of research, including exploitation. In addition, a database of Commission and national contacts for all aspects of RTD is under development and will be available shortly.