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The guided tour provides you with an overview of the structure and means of implementation of Priority 7 - Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society


1. What type of activities are addressed by Priority 7?

The activities carried out in this area are intended to mobilise in a coherent effort, European research in economic, political, social sciences and humanities that are necessary to develop an understanding of, and to address issues related to, the emergence of a knowledge -based society and new forms of relationships between its citizens, on the one hand and between its citizens and institutions, on the other.

2. Which thematic areas are addressed under Priority 7?

Priority 7 is is to be implemented through calls for proposals addressing each time different research questions related to the following major themes:

:: Knowledge based society and social cohesion

  • improving generation, distribution and use of knowledge
  • options and choices for the development of a knowledge-based society
  • variety of paths towards a knowledge society

:: Citizenship, democracy and new forms of governance

  • implications of European integration and enlargement
  • new forms of governance
  • resolution of conflicts and restoration of peace
  • new forms of citizenship and cultural identities

3. Is there a Call currently open for Priority 7?

No.The Second Call is now closed.

4. What are the different instruments that one could use in Priority 7?    

5. Are there any guidelines regarding the coverage of research topics and the instrument by which they are implemented?


For each research topic, proposals for a Network of Excellence or for an Integrated Project must clearly address the core objectives as outlined in the description of that particular topic. Furthermore, the scientific/integration programme of any proposal for an IP or NoE should include a significant coverage of the issues and challenges highlighted in the description of that topic .

Proposals for Specific Targeted Research Projects and Co-ordination Actions must make a clear and important contribution to the objectives outlined in the description of that particular topic. Proposals should also make an important contribution to the research challenges and/or issues highlighted in the description for each topic.

Specific Support Actions will be used only in parts of research area 8. The description in this section clearly indicates those topics where Specific Support Actions will be implemented following a Call for Proposals and those topics for which an implementation through Expert Groups and / or Call for tenders is envisaged.

6. Are there any guidelines regarding the financial contribution available for each instrument?

In terms of Community financial support proposers may find useful the following information. Within Priority 7, the community contribution to be envisaged for Networks of Excellence or Integrated Projects will range approximately from 3.0 to 4.0 Million € for a duration of up to five years.

Within this Priority, the community contribution to be envisaged for Specific Targeted Research Projects will range approximately from 0.7 to 1.2 Million € for a duration of up to three years.

Within this Priority, the community contribution to be envisaged for Coordination Actions will range approximately from 0.6 to 0.9 Million € for a duration of up to three years.

7. How can applicants receive an Infopack in order to submit a proposal for the first Call of Priority 7?

Applicants are advised, once they have decided for which type of instrument they wish to use, to obtain an infopack either by visiting the relevant websites of the Call: or by sending an e-mail to the (email removed) of Priority 7

8. Which documents do I need in order to prepare and submit proposal?

Applicants are advised to read carefully the Text of the Call, the Work Programme, FP6 in brief and the Guidelines for Proposers of the instrument they have opted for.

9. Is there a set of forms that applicants need to fill in order to submit their proposal?

Yes. In each Guide for Proposers, Annex 1 contains the forms relevant to the instrument chosen. In Annex 2, applicants will find the guidelines, which are instrument specific, for the drafting their proposal.

10. What is a pre-registration?

To assist the Commission in its evaluation planning, proposers are kindly requested to pre-register their intention to submit a proposal (title and acronym).
Irrespectively of whether they intend to submit electronically or on paper. Proposals are pre-registered via the Internet, at the  Priority 7  Call page

Pre-registration is optional

You may always submit a proposal without pre-registration and pre-registering an intention to submit a proposal does not commit you to actually submitting a proposal.

11. What is a pre-proposal check?

The Commission offers a facility to allow a proposer to check on the appropriateness of their proposed action and the eligibility of the proposal consortium.

12 .  What is the scope of the pre-proposal check?

Advice and guidance will be given concerning

  • the conditions for participation (e.g. eligibility of consortium)
  • the suitability of the proposed work with respect to the scope and content of the Research objective
  • any other aspects which may assist in supporting the eligibility of the eventual proposal (including ethical issues)

This pre-proposal assessment service is entirely optional. Any proposal can always be submitted directly to the call without a pre-proposal check

13. What are the conditions for this service?

Prior to submitting a pre-proposal, applicants are strongly advised to read carefully the Work programme and the Guide for Proposers. If you wish to submit pre-proposal, please use the pre-proposal check form which is annexed to the Guide for Proposers (see Annex 7).

Pre-proposals may be submitted at any time up to one month before the call deadline. The advice given by the Commission is strictly informal and non-binding. The advice provided through the pre-proposal check does not in any way engage the Commission with respect to acceptance or rejection of the proposal when it is formally submitted at a later stage. The evaluators who later evaluate your proposal will not be informed of the results of the pre-proposal check, nor even that a pre-proposal check was carried out.

The Commission will only assess one pre-proposal per potential proposal; if a second "refined" pre-proposal is submitted the Commission does not undertake to review it. The Commission does not undertake to engage in further discussion about your proposal beyond the official pre-proposal reply form. The pre-proposal service is not intended to assist with the identification of possible partners for your consortium.

14. How can applicants submit a pre-proposal for checking?

A pre-proposal check form is annexed to the Guide for Proposers (see Annex 7) Pre-proposals should preferably be submitted at the following (email removed)

15. How are proposals evaluated?

Proposals in the Priority 7 are submitted  to the address set out in the Call for proposals as published in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

All proposals that fulfil the eligibility criteria (see the "Evaluation Manual" at call page) are evaluated to determine their quality. Independent experts evaluate the eligible proposals, following the criteria of Priority 7 Work Programme and Priority 7 Guidelines for Evaluators. The experts prepare an Evaluation Summary Report on each proposal which will later be sent by the Commission to the proposal co-ordinator. The experts conclusions are examined by the Commission with the support of Priority 7 Committee, which comprises representatives of Member and Associated States.

Once  the evaluation results are finalised, all proposers will receive the Evaluation Summary Report with the outcome of the evaluation of their proposal.  Unsuccessful proposers will subsequently receive a formal notification of a Commission Decision not to retain their proposal. Successful proposals that involve ethical issues will go through an ethical review prior to the contract negotiation. This may raise issues that may need clarification prior to or during the negotiations

16. Is there any information about previous projects?

Applicants may find useful to see the synopses of all socio-economic projects financed under and FP4 and FP5 Further information may also be found at the database that provides information on all socio-economic projects selected under FP4 and FP5.

17. Apart from Priority 7, are there additional opportunities in FP6 for researchers in Social sciences and Humanities?

Socio-economic aspects of scientific and technological development are addressed  within each thematic area   under the Specific Programme  Integrating the European Research Area . Furthermore, socio-economic research can be addressed through the activities outlined in the specific programmes of Structuring the European Research Area and Strengthening the foundations of the European Research Area .

18. Does Priority 7 extend beyond Europe?

The international dimension to the research topics described in the Work Programme of Priority 7 might provide additional value where relevant. The participation of researchers from third countries is welcome and may be facilitated through means of financial support available.

19. Who can participate?

Please note that the rules of participation and funding of research consortia applying to the EU member states apply to the Associated Candidate Countries, other Associated Countries and International Organisations of European interest.

For further information about the rules of participation and financial support please see (section II.2 Consortium composition) and consult the following Internet sites:

Participation Rules

Third Countries/

FP6 Inco

20. Is there any further assistance available?

The programme has a network of National Contact Points   (NCPs) located in Member and Associated States. National Contact Points are available to answer queries relating to the different activities of the Human Potential Programme. Depending on the resources available to each contact point, NCPs may be able to help in a number of ways, for example by:

  • providing advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues (e.g. role and responsibilities of participants in a consortium, eligible costs, rights and obligations of contractors …)
  • assisting in partner search activities notably by disseminating and managing calls for expressions of interest and calls for applications (using Community tools such as CORDIS, Official Journal, etc.)
    Assist organisations, in particular new actors with a view to preparing proposals;
  • Organise training sessions on RTD programmes for intermediaries and information multipliers to ensure high quality of advice;



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