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New Responsible Partnering Guidelines for collaborative research between universities and industry

29 October 2009

At the European Commission Conference ‘Working together to strengthen research in Europe’ held last week in Brussels (21-23 October), EUA President Jean-Marc Rapp officially launched the new ‘Responsible Partnering’ Guidelines for collaborative research between universities and industry.

The guidelines -  published jointly by EUA, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), and the Public Research Organisations Transfer Offices Network (ProTon Europe) - are a voluntary code of conduct for enterprises and public research designed to maximise the benefits of collaborative research for all parties in a sustainable way.

Originally launched in 2004, the updated guidelines include analyses of issues such as State Aid, European Community recommendations on IPR management and the results of the EUA DOC-CAREERS project on university-industry partnerships in doctoral research.

Professor Rapp called on the European Commission to endorse these revised guidelines, underlining they could be an important first step in developing the ‘Open Innovation Charter' that has been proposed by the Commission’s high-level advisory group (ERAB).

Download the Responsible Partnering Guidelines.


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