News archive - Databases - A Way to Find Suitable Project Partners

If you want to take part in a European research project under the 7th EU Framework Programme, you need a good consortium with profes-sional partners. There are different ways to find suitable project partners e.g. through personal networking establishing new contacts at events or seminars as well as through personal recommendations. Another way is to search for profiles in partner-databases - or to register your own profile. There are several partner-databases that are open for European countries, including the Western Balkan area. In this and the following issues, we want to present a useful selection. First, we start with the biggest official ones - CORDIS and ERA-CAREERS and a focus on databases for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).


CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service for FP7 is a service portal offering information about European re-search and innovation, EU funding programmes, initiatives, projects and partners. The CORDIS Partners Service is a free on-line service offer-ing tailor-made help to find the best research partners for research projects, either in the context of EU-funded projects or within a broader search for technology-orientated partnerships. The service includes details on thousands of active partnership requests from companies, re-search institutions and universities across Europe and around the world. You can publish your own profile by entering your project idea or spe-cific expertise. If you want to be informed about newly inserted profiles suitable to your area of interest, you can also register for an email-notification.

Mobility -

On the European Researcher’s Mobility Portal organisations can post vacancies for research positions and additionally have access to the per-sonalised CV search tool in the database. The possibility for universities, research centres, enterprises, foundations etc. to advertise their re-search positions is free of charge but registration is required. If you are an individual researcher regardless of your age, nationality or level of research experience, you can post your CV on the portal and have access to the personalised job vacancy tool. An alert service enables regis-tered researchers to be informed about jobs that registered organisations are offering.
Searching for SMEs in specific research topics

SMEs go Health -

The main objective of the ‘SMEs go Health’ project is to offer advice and support to European SMEs and SME groupings and assist them in par-ticipating in EU-funded research projects in the Health thematic priority of FP7. The SMEs go Health project also offers a partner search plat-form where SMEs can publish their profiles and partner searches. The database offers both profiles of SMEs and research institutes interested in becoming involved in FP7 research projects as well as partner searches of research consortia looking for SME partners. Use of the database is free but you have to register first.

SMEs for Food -

The SMEs for Food Project supports SMEs participation in European wide research projects focusing on topics related to food quality and secu-rity. FP7 also funds research projects under the Theme “Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food” and the SMEs for Food database helps compa-nies and researchers to find and build suitable project consortia more easily . Use of the database is free upon registration.


The EPISTEP database is directed at Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Europe, which work in the areas of mobile communications, embedded systems and nano-electronics or have interests in these areas. The database is divided in 4 sections: Section 1 provides general in-formation about your company; Section 2 deals with research and development activities of your company; Section 3 examines your participa-tion in European funded programmes and Section 4 deals with your participation in non-EU programmes. This service is also free but you have to register.


SEE-Innovation is a Specific Support Action whose overall goal is to assist SMEs from candidate and third South East European countries to ac-tively participate in European R&D activities and programmes on IST research domains. Among other services, networking is facilitated through an online directory. The project will end soon but intends to maintain its database.

Article published in eJournal spring 07.

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Entry created by Victoria Solitander on May 31, 2007
Modified on May 31, 2007