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The RTD-Partners route to effective collaboration

RTD-Partners is the European research and technological development partnership search database provided by CORDIS under the VALUE programme.

Since mid-1992 the database has received an average of some 150 new entries per month. This rate has increased continuously, and the d...
RTD-Partners is the European research and technological development partnership search database provided by CORDIS under the VALUE programme.

Since mid-1992 the database has received an average of some 150 new entries per month. This rate has increased continuously, and the database now contains information on over 7400 organizations in 17 European countries (EEC Member States plus EFTA countries). Partnerships are sought in fields covering the whole range of RTD-related Community programmes, in particular the 16 specific programmes under the Third Framework Programme, and including topics from agricultural research and the environment to specialized computer graphics and information technology.

Informatics-related subjects alone account for close to 20% of all partnership information received, representing over 1400 entries. In this field, a breakdown by organizational type against numbers of entries (categories are not mutually exclusive) shows: Consultancy (217); Service company (281); Technology transfer organization (121); Manufacturer (220); National public organization (30); Non-university public research centre (129); University or research institution (523).

RTD-Partners provides an invaluable aid to organizations seeking:
- Partners with specialized RTD experience;
- Partners for exploitation of research results;
- Partners by subject area, by country, by region, or by Commission programme;
- Partners for CEC project proposals;
- Partners who have special equipment.

Via an entry on the database, target partners throughout Europe can be informed about:

- RTD fields of expertise;
- Previous experience;
- The desired fields of work;
- The programmes with which collaboration is sought;
- Research results for which licensing or marketing is sought;
- The size, background and staff details of the organization;
- Contact details.

Around half the entries on the database are from the private sector, and of these the majority are SMEs, although large companies are also well represented. 80% of current entries are positively seeking collaboration in a specified CEC programme. In order that a changing pool of organizations could at any time become involved in Community RTD, eligibility for placing an entry on RTD-Partners is general: residence in the EC Member States or EFTA countries.

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