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The amended FP7 proposals from the European Commission, following the budget agreement between the European Council and European Parliament amount to a total of EUR 50,521 million, partitioned among the specific programmes as follows:

  • Cooperation EUR 32,413 million
  • Ideas EUR 7,510 million
  • People EUR 4,750 million
  • Capacities EUR 4,097 million
  • JRC (non-nuclear) EUR 1,751 million
  • Euratom (to 2011) EUR 2,751 million

For more details see the revised budget breakdown .


Funding schemes

Across all these themes, support to trans-national cooperation will be implemented through:

To support actions which are primarily implemented on the basis of calls for proposals:

1. Collaborative projects
Support for research projects carried out by consortia with participants from different countries, aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology, products, demonstration activities or common resources for research. The size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary from field to field and from topic to topic. Projects can range from small or medium-scale focused research actions to largescale integrating projects for achieving a defined objective. Projects should also target special groups such as SMEs and other smaller actors.

2. Networks of Excellence
Support for a Joint Programme of Activities implemented by a number of research organisations integrating their activities in a given field, carried out by research teams in the framework of longer term cooperation. The implementation of this Joint Programme of Activities will require a formal commitment of the organisations integrating part of their resources and their activities.

3. Coordination and support actions
Support for activities aimed at coordinating or supporting research activities and policies (networking, exchanges, trans-national access to research infrastructures, studies, conferences, etc.). These actions may also be implemented by means other than calls for proposals.

4. Individual projects: Support for “frontier” research
Support for projects carried out by individual national or transnational research teams. This scheme will be used to support investigator-driven "frontier" research projects funded in the framework of the European Research Council.

  • ERC Starting Grant
  • Call Advanced Grant

5. Support for training and career development of researchers

Support for training and career development of researchers, mainly to be used for the implementation of Marie Curie actions.

Initial training
  • Initial Training Networks - ITN

  • Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways - IAPP

Life-long training
  • Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development - IEF
  • European Reintegration Grants - ERG
  • Co-funding of Regional, National, and International Programmes - COFUND

International dimension
  • International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development - IOF
  • International Incoming Fellowships - IIF
  • International Reintegration Grants - IRG

Specific actions
  • Excellence Awards
  • Researchers' Night
  • National Contact Points

6. Research for the benefit of specific groups (in particular SMEs)

Support for research projects where the bulk of the research and technological development is carried out by universities, research centres or other legal entities, for the benefit of specific groups, in particular SMEs or associations of SMEs. Efforts will be made to mobilise additional financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other financial organisations

To support multi-financed large-scale initiatives:

  1. A financial contribution from the Community to the joint implementation of well identified national research programmes, on the basis of Article 169 of the Treaty. Such a joint implementation requires the establishment or existence of a dedicated implementation structure. Community financial support will be provided subject to the definition of a financing plan based on formal commitments of the competent national authorities.

  2. A financial contribution from the Community to the implementation of Joint Technology Initiatives to realise objectives that cannot be achieved through the funding schemes identified above. Joint Technology Initiatives will mobilise a combination of funding of different kinds and from different sources: private and public, European and national. This funding may take different forms and may be allocated or mobilised though a range of mechanisms: support from the Framework Programme, loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB), or risk capital support. Joint Technology Initiatives may be decided and implemented on the basis of Article 171 of the Treaty (this may include the creation of joint undertakings) or by the Decisions establishing the specific programmes. Community support will be provided subject to the definition of an overall blueprint of financial engineering, based on formal commitments of all parties concerned.

These schemes will be used, either alone or in combination, to fund actions implemented throughout the Framework Programme.

Where different funding schemes can be used, the work programmes may specify the funding scheme to be used for the topic on which proposals are invited.


Research themes

In the Commission's proposal for FP7 the four specific programmes handle research themes in different ways: Cooperation - Collaborative research projects will be selected under sub-programmes in nine defined themes, largely representing continuity with the seven thematic priorities of FP6

European Joint Technology Initiatives will be selected from the strategic research agendas defined by individual technology platforms.

Ideas - The European Research Council (ERC) will support 'researcher led' basic research across all scientific and technological areas.

People - Marie Curie actions to support individual researchers will operate horizontally across all research themes.

Capacities - Activities to support research infrastructures, SMEs, international cooperation, regional capabilities and 'science in society' will also be identified across all research areas.

Last updated on: 2007-05-22