& Technological Development Policy
Community Research and
Development Information Service
"CORDIS - electronic information system on
Community activities in Research and Technological Development (RTD)"
Contract Notice OJ S 105 of 03.06.95 and OJ S 116
of 21.06.95 (corrigendum);
CORDIS / Award of Contracts OJ C 55 of 24.02.96.
CORDIS is a free information service provided by the European
Commission's Innovation and SMEs programme, which is part of the Fifth Framework
Research and Development Programme of the European Union (1998-2002).
purpose of CORDIS is to provide information on a vast range of research, development
and innovation activities undertaken on a European level. CORDIS is designed to
assist researchers and enterprises and in particular, SMEs through the critical
stages of technology transfer and innovation. Within the context of the FP5, CORDIS
aims to promote innovation and to encourage SMEs to take part in the framework
CORDIS is in its tenth year of operation. In 1994, it was one
of the first European Commission services to start using the World Wide Web. In
the year 2000, in line with the recent EU drive to provide extended and simplified
access to the Internet (eEurope Initiative), CORDIS has been redesigned to create
a more user-friendly service for a much wider audience.
the facility for interested parties to:
- keep up to date on current
research and innovation initiatives of the EU, its presidencies and Member States;
identify possible funding sources for research and technological development;
find partners to cooperate in R & D activities and share expertise;
form transnational consortia for the exploitation of research results;romote and
locate transferable technologies.
- promote and locate transferable technologies.
As well as researchers, CORDIS is used by businesses,
innovation advisers, local, national and international authorities, the media
and others with a need for comprehensive, practical and reliable information on
European Union research and innovation.
Types of projects
A variety of user-friendly on-line services and
tools helps potential innovators to keep abreast of the latest developments and
opportunities in their field, and facilitates contacts between all key players.
There are ten comprehensive databases, over 30 000 web pages, thousands of useful
links and contacts, search and assistance tools.
The main CORDIS services
- News service which provides daily updates on all aspects of
EU research and innovation initiatives and activities;
- FP5 service,
which is the central entry point to the specific thematic and horizontal programmes
of FP5. They contain information on current and previous calls for proposals,
national contact points, events and all the necessary background documents, application
forms and software tools for accessing funding;
- Partners - an
interactive service, which allows researchers and companies to publish their partner
offers and to establish international consortia - a major requirement for accessing
- Projects - database which contains details of some
45,000 ongoing EU-funded; projects under the previous FP4 and the current FP5
- A database of EU research programmes;
A database of exploitable results and technologies;
- A publications
database (studies, reports and scientific papers concerning EU research);
Contacts database, containing a catalogue of national contact points for all FP5
- An acronyms file which explains the EU jargon used
in R&D and innovation;
- RAPIDUS- the EU e-mail messenger service,
which can be programmed by users to alert them automatically to CORDIS updates
in their fields of interest.
Within the context of a
European Research Area, CORDIS stands out as an R&D gateway
Council Presidency service on research and technology is developed in co-operation
with the respective ministry of each country holding the EU rotating Presidency;
Member State service (information transmitted by each Member State);
(European Research Gateways Online) -a one-stop-shop to search more than 20 national
databases on research projects;
- The Regional Research and
Innovation Service hosts more than 20 regions, interested in promoting their activities
and achievements in this area.
Nature and amount of financial support
A total amount of 20 MECU
has been provided for the development of the information system (3 years.)
is a free service, managed by the Innovation Directorate, part of the European
Commission's Enterprise Directorate General. Funding for CORDIS comes from the
Commission's Innovation and SMEs programme.
Methods of accessing CORDIS:
- World Wide
- On-line Networks:
- Telephone: +352 438642
CORDIS focus magazine Available on a fortnightly
basis, in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
Results Supplements Published quarterly. Available in English.
access the CORDIS website free of charge and by registering as a CORDIS user one
can benefit from additional free services:
A user-friendly, map-based search facility
allows searches for information on projects, partners and results by country or
by region for all countries, eligible for EU research funding - EU Member States,
EFTA, EEA and the CEEC plus Israel.
Other sources of information
The CORDIS Help Desk aims to maintain
a central point of contact for all CORDIS users, providing assistance with using
CORDIS products and services. The web pages of the CORDIS Helpdesk are a gateway
to various other relevant helpdesks of the European Commission - Innovation Helpdesk,
IPR-Helpdesk, LIFT Helpdesk and FP5 Programme specific helpdesk services.
Tel: +352 44 10 12 2240
+352 44 10 12 2248
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