A user's guide to CORDIS, the European Commission's source of information on Science and Research

February 7, 2005

Brussels, 4 February 2005

CORDIS is the official publisher of the European Commission’s research and innovation information for participation in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) on research and all EU research programmes. User surveys show that CORDIS is seen as the most important source for news on research and development in Europe. CORDIS is an interactive web-site that links together policy makers, managers and key players in the fields of research and industry. Since the launch of FP6, the use of the CORDIS service has doubled. Each month, CORDIS is accessed by some 250,000 users, collectively viewing an average of nearly seven million pages, downloading over 300,000 documents and receiving over 130,000 personal e-mail alerts. The following memo introduces the CORDIS News website.

CORDIS NEWS - the Latest on European R&D - provides in-depth coverage of EU research policy featuring regular stories on progress towards FP7 and updates on Technology Platforms, EU research funding, FP6 projects and international co-operation through, for example, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

http:///www.cordis.lu/news

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What can CORDIS News do for you?

  • Daily updates and a weekly electronic digest – CORDIS Express
  • Monthly reviews via CORDIS focus magazine
  • Interviews with key policy-makers in research, including Commissioners
  • Close ups of research projects and breakthroughs
  • Briefings on key European science issues
  • Free email alerts on your chosen subjects
  • Now available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish
CORDIS News – An Instant, Panoramic View of European Research

What are the research priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency?

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CORDIS News reports on the R&D innovation priorities and initiatives of each rotating EU Presidency, including the current Luxembourg Presidency. The stories are highlighted on a dedicated webpage, which also provides a calendar of research events taking place during the Presidency.

Here you will find the research priorities for the next 6 months and useful contacts for interviews on current developments in European research and innovation.

http:///www.cordis.lu/luxembourg/

How is the EU research budget spent?

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With a budget of over € 19 billion, the Sixth Framework Programme represents the EU’s third largest budget, after the Common Agricultural Policy and the Structural Funds.

CORDIS News follows all stages of its implementation – calls for proposals, key events, evaluation results and the reports of high level expert panels. At the CORDIS News homepage, selecting ‘FP6’ takes you to a step by step guide to the latest European funding opportunities. By selecting ‘Find a Project’ you can search the current activities in any EU country under the priority research subject areas, including: Life Sciences, Nanotechnology, Food Safety and many more.

www.cordis.lu/fp6/

What is the European Research Area?

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Select ‘ERA’ to find out about the European Research Area, the main impetus for growth and co-operation in European research. Choose ‘Towards 3% GDP’ to learn about how the European Research Area works within the overall development of the Lisbon Strategy.

From the ‘ERA’ webpage, you can select ‘Building FP7’ from the Menu bar to see the latest on the development of the 7th Framework Programme and news of key EU research actions, including Technology Platforms and security research.

www.cordis.lu/era/

CORDIS News – Research issues at your fingertips

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How do I find the latest research news from different European countries?

Select ‘PRESS SERVICE’ from the CORDIS News homepage to see the latest news on national research, both across the EU Member States and also within the candidate countries. There is also a link to the National R&D Innovation service, which provides more detailed information about cooperation, events and projects at national level.

http:///www.cordis.lu/press/

News direct from the EU research community

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For questions regarding a specific area of research such as nanotechnology or genetics, CORDIS wire provides access to the latest press releases from across Europe, including updates from the European networks of excellence and integrated projects funded by the EU. CORDIS wire allows you to conduct a detailed search of science news, according to country, subject area, date, institution and category. Here you can perform a ‘general policy’ search or limit your results to ‘success stories’ in research.

www.cordis.lu/wire/

How can I follow just the news that I need?

  • Daily – via automatic e-mail alerts. To select your topics and programme the e-mail alert, go to: www.cordis.lu/rapidus/
  • Weekly – every Friday with CORDIS Express, which selects and puts in context new developments of the entire CORDIS service – www.cordis.lu/express/
  • Monthly – via CORDIS focus magazine – the print digest of CORDIS News.

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Information from CORDIS can be re-published, provided the source is acknowledged and the CORDIS Web address mentioned.

To select your language for using CORDIS News:

English: www.cordis.lu/news/

French: www.cordis.lu/news/ fr/

German: www.cordis.lu/news/ de/

Spanish: www.cordis.lu/news/ es/

Italian: www.cordis.lu/news/ it/

Polish: www.cordis.lu/news/ pl/

Complete information on CORDIS can be found in following website:

http:///www.cordis.lu/fp6/guide.htm

Item source: MEMO/05/35 Date: 04/02/2005

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