Part Two - finding partners

Introduction

Overview

Checklists

Finding partners

Finding existing consortia
Advertising your needs and capabilities
Once you’ve identified potential partners

Managing expectations

Making the commitment

Getting started

Sustainability

Final checklist

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08/05/05
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One of the best indicators of the potential within a consortium is its track record. The Commission supports an on-line service, CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service - www.cordis.lu), which includes a comprehensive database of information about past projects. CORDIS will not actually tell you whether a project was successful, but it can be very informative to look at the range of projects an organisation has been involved in and the partners it has worked with. The one drawback if you are starting from scratch is that some familiarity with the structure of Framework Programmes is assumed. To get an idea of how the search results can be used, try searching for projects involving a well-known company like ARM, or one of our case study companies such as CDT, that has worked with a regular group of partners in various consortia since the early 1990s.

The Commission also supports a network of support centres called Innovation Relay Centres (IRCs). Over the last few years, the primary responsibility of an IRC has shifted away from helping new projects get off the ground to focus on the exploitation of the results of past projects. However, the companies that host IRCs tend to wear several hats and may be able to provide assistance through the events and other services they offer.