- General Questions
- EU RTD Framework Programmes
- Information services
- Partners Service
- Online Entry Form for the Results Database
- EU funded project Results collection
- Funding Opportunities
- Interactive e-mail notification facility
- Expert Evaluators (EMM)
- Access to the Website
- CORDIS publications: research*eu magazines
- Other FAQs on CORDIS
- FP7 related FAQs
- FP7 support services
- Other FAQs
What is CORDIS?
CORDIS - Community Research and Development Information Service, is an information space devoted to European research and development (R&D) activities and technology transfer.
The main aims of CORDIS are:
- to facilitate participation in European research and take-up activities;
- to improve exploitation of research results with an emphasis on sectors crucial to Europe's competitiveness;
- to promote the diffusion of knowledge fostering the technology take-up to enterprises and the societal acceptance of new technology.
CORDIS is managed by the Publications Office.
For more information on CORDIS, please visit cordis.europa.eu/guidance/welcome_en.html
Are there any costs involved in using CORDIS?
The use of the online services of CORDIS is free-of-charge; you only need to cover your telecommunication costs.
In which languages is CORDIS available?
The CORDIS key web pages and services are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish. The migration of CORDIS multilingual services to Polish language versions is ongoing since 2005. The research*eu magazine, available via CORDIS, is published in English, French, German and Spanish, while CORDIS Wire announcements can be posted in English, French or German.
What is the 'Presidency Page'?
The Presidency Homepage highlights the Research and Innovation priorities, activities and related information of Member States holding the European Union Council Presidency.
What is 'RTD'?
Research and Technological Development.
May I reproduce content from the CORDIS site?
Please consult our Copyright notice.
What does CORDIS offer in the area of content syndication?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is gradually becoming available for a number of CORDIS services. For further information on using RSS on CORDIS, you can visit cordis.europa.eu/guidance/rss_en.html.
EU RTD Framework Programmes
What is FP7?
FP7 is the short name for Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines and it will run from 2007 to 2013. FP7 is designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor (FP6) towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe.
FP7 consists of four main programmes called Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. Each of these programmes is the subject of a 'Specific programme'. In addition, there is a 'Specific programme' for the Joint Research Centre (non-nuclear activities) and one for Euratom nuclear research and training activities. For more information you can visit the gateway to FP7. In order to keep track of new updates, you can register to get FP7 e-mail notifications.
Where can I get advice on intellectual property rights issues?
The Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk provides an extensive range of support services to current and potential EC contractors undertaking research within the Community RTD programmes. These services include a free Legal Helpline to assist contractors with IP related contractual issues.
How can I find partners?
You can use the CORDIS Partners Service where you can find organizations who seek potential partners for EU funded or private collaboration. You can search for a partner and/or create and submit your organization profile. For further information you can refer to the relevant help file and Frequently Asked Questions.
Do I need to register for accessing the CORDIS information services?
You do not need to register to access the CORDIS web site and the various search facilities. However, if you want to save your search or use the value-added interactive services, such as E-mail notifications, Docmail, etc, you need to register (free of charge) at the page cordis.europa.eu/guidance/helpdesk/registration_en.html and select a personal username and password.
I tried to register and the username I have chosen is not accepted.
It is possible that another user has already selected the username you have chosen. Before trying to register again with a different one, make sure that you have cleared the memory and the disk cache in your browser.
I have forgotten my password.
Please use the CORDIS Password Reset.
How can I update my user registration with CORDIS services?
In order to update your CORDIS user account, please go to the registration page and click on 'Update your account' on the top right corner of the screen. Enter your username and password and update your contact details.
I am looking for projects, partners and research results. Is it possible to search by region?
With the Map Based Search (MBS) users can locate and use EU or associated countries, regions and provinces as search criteria, and search against the Projects, Partners and Results databases. The information source of the MBS is the NUTS codes (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics), established by Eurostat.
How detailed can my search be? Can I search by name, telephone number or document reference?
All fields in the databases are fully indexed. That means that whenever you search in a database, all the fields of this database are searched. You can enter a telephone or fax number or a document reference [i.e. SEC (2001) 1414] as search terms, and then launch your search.
Can I search using the Boolean operators (and, not, or)?
Yes. In the simplest case, a search argument can be a single word or term. However, more than one word is allowed as long as they are separated by at least one space. In this case, the space is interpreted as 'AND' linking the various terms. The words 'AND', 'OR' and 'NOT' have special meaning as they correspond to Boolean operators rather than words to be searched. They can be written in upper case or lower case. You can formulate a query using the Boolean operators combined with brackets e.g.: medicine and (cardiovascular not cancer). For further help about the use of the databases, please read the online help file.
I would like to order a publication found in the Library service.
I am interested in participating in a research project. How can I find partners?
You can use the CORDIS Partners service, a free on-line tool designed to help organizations locate suitable partners for participation to EU-funded research projects or private collaboration. You can:
- create your profile
- search for potential partners
- submit and/or receive partnership requests
- communicate with other potential partners.
Do I need to be a CORDIS registered user to use the Partners service?
There is no need to register for searching in the Partners service. However, registration is required for the creation of a new Partner profile and for sending a partnership request.
I have a profile already and see that the Partners interface has changed. Do I need to create a new one?
Old profiles which have met the criteria of the migration to the new service (e.g. partners profiles with usernames with alphanumeric characters) are accessible. However, upon logging in to the new service, you must fill out additional information, since not all profile details have been migrated. For more information take a look at the CORDIS Partners Service video tutorials.
I had two profiles linked to my account but I can find only one. What is wrong?
Only your most recent profile has been migrated to the new Partners service. We invite you to edit it and make sure that it is as complete as possible. For more information please contact the CORDIS Help Desk.
Why can't I access the Partners service?
If you have multiple CORDIS user accounts with the same email address, the Partners service will only accept:
- the login you have used for creating your existing Partners profile (username with alphanumeric characters)
- if you do not have a Partners profile yet, the first of the usernames you will decide to use for logging in.
Please note that all your CORDIS user accounts remain valid for all the other CORDIS interactive services.
What is a partnership request?
You can propose an idea for a project or your expertise by filling in the four steps of a partnership request. You can also accept partnership requests sent by other users.
How can I search for partners?
There are several possibilities:
- Browse through the "Partners profiles" accessible in the Partners homepage and refine the search or use the Advanced search without logging in. This possibility enables you to view partners profiles and send a private message to a potential partner, if the partner has given such permission.
- Login and perform a search using the Advanced Search. Once you have found an interesting partner profile you can establish a first contact by choosing the option "Ask x to be your connection".
- Login and from your profile select "My partnerships" and then "Create a partnership request". You need to fill in the required fields to describe your project or expertise and the profile of your potential partner. After clicking on the option "would you like to find matches now?" the system will prompt you with a number of Partners that you can contact.
- Login and check under your profile summary "About me" if you have received any partnership requests.
I have found an interesting profile but there is no contact link under "Interact with".
If you have retrieved the profile without logging in and there is no contact link, this means that this partner has blocked the access to his email address. Login and perform the same search again. You might be then offered other possibilities for contacting a potential partner. Please note that the users of the service have the possibility to set their privacy and visibility. It is their choice how they can be contacted by other users or visitors.
Can I communicate with a potential partner without creating a partnership request?
Yes, by using the option "get connected". You may also use the option « send a private message », in case the person you are trying to contact has accepted to be contacted via email.
I have attempted to join a partnership, but have received no reply. What can I do?
The fact that you have contacted a partner does not mean that he has already seen it, or that he is interested in cooperating with you. CORDIS cannot ensure that users you have contacted will reply to your partnership request.
Online Entry Form for the Results service
Two hours ago I submitted an entry using the Results form and it was finally stated 'successfully' accepted and filed. However, it does not appear in any of your indexes and search engine.
The fact that you have submitted an entry does not mean that your data will appear automatically on the Results service. CORDIS needs first to process them, check their authenticity and quality. Once a result is approved, it will be searchable the next time the service will be updated. Results that fail to meet the service's requirements will be rejected and you will be notified by e-mail about the reasons. The entry becomes available for editing again and you are able to add the necessary information before re-submitting.
I just submitted online a Result and want to modify it. Is this still possible?
Once the Result has been submitted, you will not be able to modify the information until it appears on-line. It will then be possible to modify your result by accessing it through cordis.europa.eu/results, with your username and password. You are strongly recommended to save your work to the working area profile, in order to keep the latest version of your record in the system and update it in case it will be rejected. It is not possible to delete results, as old results may be interesting for other CORDIS users. If you have a justified reason to delete a result, please contact the CORDIS Results service.
How can I update or keep my result record 'recent'?
Information available in the TMP database is kept either as 'recent' or 'archived'. To keep a result among the 'recent' records, go to cordis.europa.eu/marketplace/, select 'Submit your results' from the 'Other features' option, login and click on 'update your results'. Then click on the 'edit' icon, enter your changes and click on the 'Submit your results' button. To keep your record 'recent' you should 'submit' it even if you have not entered any changes.
Where can I find open R&D related calls for proposals or tenders in CORDIS?
News articles from CORDIS News on tenders and calls from FP7 and other programmes can be found in the CORDIS News service. It is also possible to use CORDIS Search facilities to search for proposals and tenders, plus advanced information of tenders and tender corrigenda. To do so, from the CORDIS Homepage, click on 'Search CORDIS' (under 'Discover CORDIS'), select 'Funding' from the 'Select type of information' list box and enter a search term. For a more detailed search select 'Advanced Search' and 'Funding'.
To be regularly informed about calls, you can save your search profile (free registration is required) and automatically receive E-mail Notifications of all updates matching your search criteria.
FP7 calls can be found on cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm.
Where can I find postdoctoral fellowships in CORDIS?
You can refer to cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/home_en.html.
Interactive e-mail notification facility
What is the interactive e-mail notification facility?
The interactive e-mail notification facility is a free service available to registered CORDIS users. It allows you to create and save your personal search profiles, so you do not have to enter the same search information over and over again; you can either select items from a pre-defined menu, or save specific advanced and/or professional search profiles. Whenever there is an update to the CORDIS databases, you will automatically receive, via e-mail, new records that match your search profile(s).
I wish to receive e-mail notifications to my new e-mail address.
From the CORDIS registration page click on the 'Update your account' option and modify your contact details.
My multilingual e-mail notifications are not correctly displayed.
The e-mail format CORDIS sends out has proper encodings. The plain text part is UTF-8 encoded and the HTML part (UTF-8 encoded) has all non English characters escaped properly. There can be problems with web interfaces of some e-mail providers that are not handling non-English characters correctly, or when clients have set their software (browser/e-mail reader) to a fixed encoding so that it cannot switch to UNICODE automatically.
What is DOCMAIL?
DOCMAIL is a free service, available to registered CORDIS users, that offers a practical way to receive CORDIS resources automatically by e-mail. These resources include work programs, documents and official texts. If you are unable to receive DOCMAIL because your mail system or antivirus protection does not allow large e-mails, or e-mail attachments, contact your local system administrator, to increase the size allowed.
Expert Evaluators (EMM)
The CORDIS Expert Management Module (EMM) database is no longer available. It has been transferred to the Participant Portal to an area dedicated to experts.
Please update your links and bookmarks with this URL:
Access to the Website
Which browser should I use?
CORDIS aims to make information available to the widest possible range of users and does not recommend the use of any particular software package. We try to support the current versions of the most popular families of browsers in the market place and to take advantage of new technologies available in modern standards based browsers.
You may experience minor problems for certain pages or functions if you use old browser versions. The latest browser versions are available free of charge from the appropriate supplier.
How can I access/view files?
Most documents on CORDIS are available in PDF and DOC format. In order to view documents in Word, you will need to download Word Viewer 2003 (free of charge). For space and transmission reasons some DOC files have been compressed (zipped). To decompress these files you will need to use an archiving software (Winzip or similar). In order to view documents in Portable Document Format (Portable Document Format), you will need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or above (free of charge).
Please note that during peak hours (10:00 - 17:00 C.E.T.) the download time might be slow and we therefore encourage users to try again at another time.
Users of the Map-based search (MBS) should be aware that this facility uses 'Macromedia Flash' technology, and therefore requires the 'Active X' controls and plug-in functions to be enabled in the user's computer.
I cannot download PDF or DOC files from the call pages
In order for the CORDIS Help Desk to identify the root of your downloading problem and propose a solution, please provide the following information:
- Exact location (URL) of the link for downloading the document
- The title of the document you wish to download
- Public IP address
- Error messages you may get
In case you have a firewall, we suggest you to ask your system administrator to give you access to ftp. If the problem persists, please provide us with the following information:
- Nslookup of public IP
- FTP under DOS to FTP CORDIS
- Operating System (e.g. Windows2000, XP, NT, Linux)
My firewall does not allow me to download documents from the CORDIS ftp server
We suggest you to ask your system administrator to give you access to ftp. If the problem persists, please provide us with the following information:
- Nslookup of public IP
- FTP under DOS to FTP CORDIS
- Operating System (e.g. Windows2000, XP, NT, Linux)
For users who experience problems with the file transfer from the CORDIS ftp server, we offer a Document Ordering and Delivery System (DOCMAIL). This service allows users to order and receive via e-mail any document currently available in the Document Library.
Is CORDIS W3C compliant?
Since 2005, newly developed and revamped websites on CORDIS follow certain web standards, such as HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, CSS 2.1 and WAI A levels. These standards have been created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to improve accessibility to the internet.
CORDIS publications: research*eu magazines
How can I subscribe to the research*eu family of publications?
The research*eu results and research*eu focus magazines are available free of charge as printed publications, PDFs and e-books. Online versions and subscriptions are accessible at: cordis.europa.eu/research-eu
You need to have iBooks installed to read the e-books, you can download it free from the Apple Store.
To save the EPUB file to your device
- Click on the link giving you access to the file
- A message will appear asking you in what e-reading app you would like to read the magazine (currently only iBooks supports this format)
- Your magazine will open up in the chosen e-reading platform
If this does not work:
- Download the EPUB title and save it on your desktop,
- Launch iTunes and select "Add to Library..." from the File menu,
- Select the EPUB you downloaded, and click on "Choose"
- Back in iTunes, select Books from the list of libraries on the left panel.
Your new EPUB is now listed as part of your library;
- Now, connect your iPad and sync your library (check the Sync Books checkbox if it isn't already enabled, and if All books is selected. Or, select the new EPUB title on Books);
- Click the Sync button;
- Once the sync has completed you can open iBooks on your iPad to read your newly transfered title.
Other FAQs on CORDIStop
FP7 related FAQstop
FP7 support servicestop
Last updated on: 2012-11-27