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UK Position Paper on the initial approach to the 7th EU Research & Development Framework Programme

Funded under: FP7


Raising Europe's innovation and R&D performance is central to achieving the Lisbon strategic goal for Europe to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010. The R&D Framework Programme provides a key mechanism by which Europe can drive up its performance in these areas. Importantly, it also provides an evidence base to support the development and implementation of wider EU policy.
Previous Framework Programmes, including the current 6th Programme, have provided vital support to European researchers and there is strong support in the UK for a continuation of this in Framework 7. In particular, the current Programme sets out to achieve greater integration within the European Research Area (ERA), structuring the ERA and strengthening the foundations of the ERA by attacking structural weaknesses of European research.
The UK supports the further development of the ERA through the seventh Programme, positioning Europe to compete effectively with other major global R&D markets and underpinning the achievement of the strategic goal Europe has set itself. In doing this Europe should develop hubs of scientific and technological excellence that can attract and retain high value added business investment. It should also enable its researchers to collaborate with the leading partners across the globe.
To achieve these ambitions, the Programme should focus more clearly on the key outcomes of:
- raising the EU's capacity to conduct the very best research
- improving industrial competitiveness and
- ensuring EU policies are properly supported by research.
Key cross-cutting programmes should be retained and refocused on these three main objectives. The UK believes that such a Programme could be delivered using instruments based on those in the Sixth Programme to ensure essential continuity for participants.

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Record Number: 6818 / Last updated on: 2005-04-20
Category: POLI