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Finding research partners for research under the Fourth Framework Programme

One of the requirements of participating in Commission-funded programmes under the Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998) for research, technological development and demonstration, is the need to form a consortium for joint research with organizations from different European c...

One of the requirements of participating in Commission-funded programmes under the Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998) for research, technological development and demonstration, is the need to form a consortium for joint research with organizations from different European countries. It is important to identify the right partner prior to the calls for proposals, some of which will be published on 15 December 1994. The RTD-Partners database is provided by the Commission as part of the CORDIS service. Although it can be used for other types of partnerships, one of its main functions is to help organizations identify partners for participation in Commission-funded research programmes. A major advantage of the database is that it covers all types of organizations and all programmes and sectors of research. This allows an organization to search for partners in information technologies, telecommunications, materials and manufacturing, energy, environment, medicine, biotechnology, agriculture, marine technology and other areas. In the period leading up to the Fourth Framework Programme, the RTD-Partners team is encouraging organizations to participate by placing an entry on the database to ensure that their details are available on a European-wide basis. To place an entry on RTD-Partners, it is necessary to complete an entry form. This form, which has been specially designed for ease of completion, allows an organization to describe their organization and to specify in detail what type of collaboration they are seeking. This includes which programme or programmes they are interested in, details of the specific project interest themes as well as coded keywords of their research interest. The RTD-Partners form also allows organizations to specify the type or types of partner they are seeking. This includes the prospective partner's type and size of organization, geographic location, and nature of its activities. The form also asks for full contact details including phone and fax number so that interested users can contact the relevant person directly. Once the RTD-Partners form has been sent to CORDIS, it will be processed rapidly and the information will be included in the RTD-Partners database. Your details will then be available, using both free-text and coded searching, to the large number of organizations who currently search RTD-Partners on their own or their client's behalf. Many organizations have already found RTD-Partners to be an extremely useful tool for finding partners, particularly for calls for proposals. According to feedback that has been received from those who previously submitted an entry, a significant number have already formed some kind of partnership which resulted from their entry being in the database. At present there are over 10,000 records entries on RTD-Partners from organizations located in the EU and EFTA countries. Many of these records have just been updated or are shortly to be updated prior to the Fourth Framework calls for proposals. This will ensure that the organizations with their names in the database are actively seeking partnerships.