Seventh Framework Programme

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The Seventh Framework Programme is a European funding programme that focuses on research-oriented projects.

The programme in short

The complete name of FP7 is 7 th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development . It lasted for seven years from 2007 until 2013. The programme had a total budget of over € 50 billion. This represented 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.

Indeed, 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.

This money has (for the most part) been 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.[1]

Objectives of the programme

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 programme after 2013

Under the strategy Horizon2020, currently the FP8 programme is being elaborated.[2]

References

  1. description of fp7 programme: http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/understanding/fp7inbrief/what-is_en.html
  2. description of fp8 programme: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/ssai/fp8preparations_en.html

Homepage of programme

Homepage of the FP7 programme