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European research for a healthier future

Funded under: FP7


Few of us realise the scope of resources invested and efforts mobilised to protect us from sickness or to nurture us back to good health. Whilst it is true that our health is often taken for granted, we always realise how precious it is whenever it is compromised or threatened. Governments and health authorities the world over have the responsibility to safeguard people. And rightly so. The health of a nation's population underpins its social, cultural and economic prosperity. It is the key to progress.
Investments in research are vital if Europe is to maintain its position as a health care provider and as one of the global leaders in medical research. By pursuing excellence in research, education and innovation, Europe is both ensuring the well-being of citizens and creating new knowledge. The application of medical knowledge will no doubt strengthen Europe's competitiveness in the global marketplace.
The EU's commitment to health research has translated into the allocation of over EUR 6 billion to this area under the 'Cooperation' theme of the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7), established for the period 2007 to 2013. This represents a significant injection into European science and technology for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control of disease. It is designed to boost the capacity for innovation of health research in Europe. This investment will support a range of research activities and initiatives during FP7, with a particular focus on health biotechnology, translational research and the optimization of health care delivery to citizens, as well as providing support to address EU policy needs.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. 45 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-70-07-034-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-07344-1
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