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The 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

It will last for seven years from 2007until 2013.

FP7 is 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 Framework Programmes for Research have two main strategic objectives:

  • to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry;
  • to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.

The European Community part of FP7 is organised in four programmes corresponding to four basic components of European research:

  • Cooperation
    Support will be given to the whole range of research activities carried out in trans-national cooperation, from collaborative projects and networks to the coordination of national research programmes. International cooperation between the EU and third countries is an integral part of this action.
    This action is industry-driven and organised in four sub-programmes:
    • Collaborative research will constitute the bulk and the core of EU research funding
    • Joint Technology Initiatives will mainly be created on the basis of the work undertaken by the European Technology Platforms
    • Coordination of non-Community research programmes
    • International Cooperation
  • Ideas
    This programme will enhance the dynamism, creativity and excellence of European research at the frontier of knowledge in all scientific and technological fields, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. This action will be overseen by a European Research Council
  • People
    Quantitative and qualitative strengthening of human resources in research and technology in Europe by putting into place a coherent set of Marie Curie actions.
  • Capacities
    The objective of this action is to support research infrastructures, research for the benefit of SMEs and the research potential of European regions (Regions of Knowledge) as well as to stimulate the realisation of the full research potential (Convergence Regions) of the enlarged Union and build an effective and democratic European Knowledge society.

The themes identified for this programme correspond to major fields in the progress of knowledge and technology, where research must be supported and strengthened to address European social, economic, environmental and industrial challenges.

The overarching aim is to contribute to sustainable development.

The ten high level themes proposed for EU action are the following:

  • Health
  • Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology
  • Information & communication technologies (ICT)
  • Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies
  • Energy
  • Environment (including climate change)
  • Transport (including aeronautics)
  • Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
  • Space
  • Security

Additional information about EU 7th FP could be found on the CORDIS website - http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/understand_en.html.

Additional information about EU 7th FP in Russian could be found on the CBS RIC website - http://www.ric.vsu.ru/ru/fp7/.