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Fifth (EC) Framework Programme -
Improving the quality of life and management of living resources

Programme Fact Sheet
Last updated: 28-12-2001

Improving the quality of life and management of living resources


To link the ability to discover with the ability to produce, in order to address the needs of society and to meet consumer requirements. This will lead to future wealth and job creation and improvements in the state of the environment. Activities under the programme focus on specific areas where growing knowledge potentially contains technical answers to some of the pressing questions posed by European citizens, whilst respecting fundamental ethical values.

Research Areas

Key Actions

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Control of infectious diseases
  • The "cell factory"
  • Environment and health
  • Sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry and integrated development of rural areas including mountain areas
  • The ageing population and disabilities

Research and Technological Development Activities of a Generic Nature

  • Chronic and degenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and rare diseases
  • Research into genomes and diseases of genetic origin
  • Neurosciences
  • Public-health and health-services research (including drug-related problems)
  • Research relating to persons with disabilities
  • Biomedical ethics and bioethics in the context of respect for fundamental human values
  • Socio-economic aspects of life sciences and technologies

Support for Research Infrastructures

Calls for Proposals

All information concerning Calls for Proposals can be found on the Quality of Life Programme calls pages .

Resources and Services
European Commission
Quality of Life Information Desk
E-mail: (email removed)

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Previous Research Activities

Related research programmes implemented under the Fourth Framework Programme (1994-98) include:

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