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New INCO homepage launched on CORDIS

CORDIS, the Community R&D Information Service, has launched a new homepage for the specific programme for International Cooperation in the field of research and development (INCO).

The INCO programme, within the Fourth Framework Programme, supports cooperative RTD projects wi...
CORDIS, the Community R&D Information Service, has launched a new homepage for the specific programme for International Cooperation in the field of research and development (INCO).

The INCO programme, within the Fourth Framework Programme, supports cooperative RTD projects with participants from third countries and international organizations. Scientific cooperation outside the Community is based on the principles of mutual benefit and subsidiarity. Four target groups have been identified, with different objectives reflecting their different needs and characteristics:

- COST, EUREKA and certain other international organizations;
- Central and Eastern European countries and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union;
- Non-European industrialized countries;
- Developing countries.

The INCO homepage contains general information about the programme, with specific documentation providing more detailed information on many areas. Other Community policies which have a bearing on the field of international research cooperation are also outlined.

In order to respond to the interest shown by entities from outside the Community in participating in Community research, the INCO homepage provides up-to-date information on participation possibilities for third country organizations. In particular, a number of countries have signed reciprocal cooperation agreements with the EC, covering different aspects of research policies and programmes. Under these agreements, participation by non-Community entities in projects within the Fourth Framework Programme is possible, usually on an own-expense basis, while Community organizations may participate in certain third country research programmes.

Contact points within the Commission for further information on participation in the INCO programme are provided, while information on forthcoming calls for proposals is made available as early as possible. Events of interest to participants in the programme, such as conferences, brokerage events, technology transfer meetings and Information Days are also publicised on the site.

Source: CORDIS Information Collection Unit

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