Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP 7)

The complete name of FP7 is the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It is the European Union’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. FP7, which applies to the years 2007-2013, is the natural successor to the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), and is the result of years of consultation with the scientific community, research and policy making institutions, and other interested parties. It is also a key tool to respond to Europe's needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy.

The programme has a total budget of about € 53.2 billion. This represents a substantial increase compared with the previous Framework Programme FP6 (41% at 2004 prices, 63% at current prices), a reflection of the high priority of research in Europe. This money will (for the most part) be spent on grants to research actors all over Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects. Grants are determined on the basis of calls for proposals and a peer review process, which are highly competitive.

The priority areas covered by the FP7 include:

  • fostering cooperative research across Europe;
  • support to pure investigative research at the frontiers of science and technology;
  • support to mobility and carrier development of researches;
  • strengthening research abilities, innovation capacity and competitiveness; and
  • nuclear research.

All Calls are announced in the EU's Official Journal (which is the official source of EU documents). The annual work programmes and the full texts of the Calls are published on the FP7 section of CORDIS, the web site dedicated to EU-supported research. The grant application calls of FP7 are open for applications from:

  • private companies – such as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), private research institutes or other industrial participants.
  • public organisations – for example, public universities, regional authorities, public research organisations (PROs).
  • individual researchers – from both the public and private sectors.
  • researchers and organisations outside the European Union – whether from Candidate Countries, Associated States, developing countries, emerging economies or industrial nations.

The applications are to be submitted directly to the European Commission, following the Call for Proposal deadlines and dedicated work programmes.

In all countries eligible to participate in the FP7, the National Contact Points (“NCPs”) have been set up to give personalized help and advice to researchers and organisations intending to participate. Contact your NCP by phone, fax or e-mail in your national language, and explain your situation and your ideas. The NCP’s job is it to point you to the part of FP7 that might be of interest to you and to help you with your application. With their support, getting through the necessary paperwork will be much easier. You will find the address details of your National Contact Point at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/get-support_en.html.

A special Unit for coordination of FP 7 and NATO has been established within the Ministry of education and science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Maceodnia with an objective to promote the programme and train prospective applicants. Sector for science and technological development . Tel (02) 3140 185

More details about FP 7 may also be found on http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/

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