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
::Knowledge based society and social cohesion
- improving generation, distribution and use of knowledge
- options and choices for the development of a knowledge-based
- variety of paths towards a knowledge society
:: Citizenship, democracy and new forms of
- 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
No.The Second Call is now
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 helpdesk of Priority 7
8. Which documents do I need in order to prepare and submit
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
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 e-mail
Alternatively, applicants may wish to fax the pre-proposal
check form at the following fax number: +32 2 2962137
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
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?
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
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
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:
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;