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Tender Specifications, IST Evaluation and Monitoring, OJ: 2005/S 183-180413

Funded under: FP6-IST


European Research policy is geared towards the realisation of the Lisbon objectives to transform the European Union into a competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy, capable of sustainable economic growth. Investing in knowledge and R&D is the best way for the European Union to deliver on the Lisbon goals, and the Framework Programmes (FPs) are the key instruments of the Research Policy. They have been implemented since 1984, and cover a period of five years with the last year of one FP and the first year of the following FP overlapping.
The current Framework Programme, the 6th (FP6), brings together all the different lines of research pursued by the European Union from 2003 until 2006. The bulk of expenditure under the sixth framework programme is centred on major research projects that are structured so as to have an integrating effect on Europe's research resources.
The research is focused on specific themes (or Thematic Priorities) that are strategically important to Europe's future. The themes have been devised in the light of political debate, expert advice, and public consultation. They are not structured from the starting point of traditional research disciplines, but as strategic themes that will be achieved through combinations of scientific disciplines.

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