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Overview of FP6 structure

The following table is a schematic overview of the structure of FP6 which shows the relationships of the two Specific Programmes to the activities and actions.

FP6 (EC part): Three Main Blocks of Activities

Block 1: Focusing and Integrating European Research

7 Priority Thematic Areas

Specific activities Covering a Wider Field of Research

Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

Information society technologies

Nanotechnologies and nano-sciences, knowledge-based functional materials, new production processes and devices

Aeronautics and Space

Food quality and safety

Sustainable development, global  change and ecosystems

Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society

Research for policy support

New and emerging science and technologies (NEST)

Specific research activities for SMEs

Specific international co-operation activities

Block 2: Structuring the ERA

Block 3: Strengthening the foundations of ERA

Research and Innovation

Human resources & mobility (Marie Curie actions)

Research infrastructures

Science and society

Co-ordination of research activities

Development of research/innovation policies

  Specific Programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area"
  Specific Programme “Structuring the European Research Area”