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"Cold-calling": warning to project participants

From time to time participants in projects funded under the framework programmes are contacted by organisations seeking payment in return for publishing information on the work being undertaken within their projects. Contrary to some of the "sales pitches" used, these publications and their services have not been endorsed by the Commission.

From time to time participants in projects funded under the framework programmes are contacted - often by telephone - by organisations seeking payment in return for publishing information on the work being undertaken within their projects. As with "cold calling" in general, the claims and assertions made should be treated with an appropriate level of caution before a decision is made on the best course of action.

Contrary to some of the "sales pitches" used, these publications and their services have not been endorsed by the Commission. Common tactics to secure business include vague references to high-level contributions from decision makers, or making the project participant believe that his or her activities have been identified on the basis of special merit which may not be the case.

If you are a participant in transport research need further advice on this matter, please contact your project officer, or DG Research Transportexternal link.

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