Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is FP7?
The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the EU’s chief instrument for funding scientific research and technological development (RTD) over the period 2007 to 2013, is an important instrument to meet the renewed Lisbon goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. Over €50 billion of EU funding is available to support RTD in FP7.
Framework programmes are proposed by the European Commission for joint approval by both the European Council and the European Parliament. The current programme FP7 runs for seven years, from 1 January 2007 to 2013. Further information on FP7 can be found on CORDIS.
How will FP7 support ICT research?
One of the major themes of FP7 is Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which are critical to improve the competitiveness of European industry and to meet the demands of its society and economy. The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7; making it the largest research theme in the Cooperation programme, which is itself the largest specific programme of FP7 (with 64% of the total budget).
The research and development activities funded strengthen Europe’s scientific and technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT. They will also help drive and stimulate product, service and process innovation and boost creativity through ICT use.
The scope of the first two years of ICT activities to be funded in FP7 is outlined in the ‘ICT Work Programme 2007-2008’, presented for the first time at the IST 2006 conference in Helsinki, 21-23 November 2006.
The scope of third and fourth year of ICT activities to be funded in FP7 is outlined in the 'ICT Work Programme 2009-2010', presented at the ICT 2008 conference in Lyon, in November 2008. The latest 'ICT Work Programme 2011-2012' was published in July 2010.
These work programmes provide detailed information on specific research ICT challenges that European researchers are invited to address in FP7.
How is ICT research structured?
FP7 is organised in four programmes corresponding to four basic components of European research, and each addresses ICTs in a different way:
- Cooperation (mainly collaborative projects, including the ICT Work Programme)
- Ideas (frontier research funded by the European Research Council can include ICT topics)
- People (extended Marie-Curie actions for which ICT researchers are also elligible)
- Capacities (supporting Europe’s research capabilities, including e-infrastructures)
Within the Cooperation programme, the ICT research theme is articulated around the following seven challenges:
- Pervasive & Trusted Network & Service Infrastructures
- Cognitive Systems and Robotics
- Alternative Paths to Components and Systems
- Technologies for Digital Content and Languages
- ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance
- ICT for low carbon economy
- ICT for the Enterprise and Manufacturing
- ICT for Learning and Access to Cultural Resources
In addition, research on 'Future and Emerging Technologies' (FET) is also anticipated in the Work Programme. FET activities will address long-term and high-risk but ‘purpose-driven’ research and aim to strengthen the European science & technology base in ICT.