Part One - Overview



What is meant by partnering?
How is Framework Programme Six different?
What are the responsibilities of a partner?
What are the major risks?
How do you set up an effective consortium?


Finding Partners

Managing expectations

Making the commitment

Getting started


Final checklist

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Your motivation for partnering

Access to critical background IPR and to missing skills

Critical mass

Enhanced credibility/capability

Access to markets

Spreading risk

Undertaking research on your own ensures that you reap the full benefits - if there are any. But you also bear the full risk of failure. Collaborative research carries its own portfolio of risk - longer time to market, partners that fail to deliver, conflict, differing expectations and a range of other potential problems that are explored in more detail in Part Four. There are, however, two major benefits in terms of sharing risk. The first is simply that you are not funding the full cost of resourcing the project. The second is that there will be a variety of perspectives on the problems encountered and an informed consensus on the best way forward is likely to be more successful than any single organisationís view.

Before you commit to a Framework bid

Checklists One and Two help you to determine whether your project idea is suitable for collaborative research - and whether you would make a good partner for a consortium.