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Is Your Industry Getting Its Share Of Billions of European Union R&D Funding?

UK companies and organisations from all industry sectors are being urged to find out how European Union Framework Programme Six (FP6) funding for research and development projects may be able to help them.

UK companies and organisations from all industry sectors are being urged to find out how European Union Framework Programme Six (FP6) funding for research and development projects may be able to help them. FP6UK was set up by the Office of Science and Technology and the DTI to promote the EUs Framework Programme Six (FP6). Although early indications from the European Commission suggest that the level of project applications for FP6 funding which involve a UK partner is encouragingly high, FP6UK wants to make sure all eligible industries are getting their share of the money available. The UK as a whole has always done well out of previous Framework Programmes, says Paul Leeks, Project Director for FP6UK. But that does not mean that we cant do better in the current Framework 6. We know there is no shortage of quality, cutting edge R&D projects out there. We want to make sure that all the excellent projects and organisations are aware of the large amount of funding available and, where appropriate, get involved in a project bid. FP6, the current Framework Programme, runs to the end of 2006 has a total budget of 19 billion. It aims to strengthen European research and technological development capability and encourage Europes international competitiveness. The FP6UK service was developed in recognition of the vital importance of this type of research if UK business and industry is to remain competitive on the world stage. Central to this is the website, http://fp6uk.ost.gov.uk and helpline (0870 600 6080) which put the needs of UK organisations first. FP6UK offer quick and efficient access to the whole raft of support services offered by the UK Government on the EU Framework Programme either by phone or on-line. The websites simple navigation pulls together a wide range of information, previously scattered over numerous smaller, and sometimes unrelated sites. It provides clear and effective general guidance for users on how to access the answers they need to help them decide if and how they may qualify for funding. Other information available through the website, and associated links, includes news; case studies highlighting how current and previous Framework funding has helped other UK Organisations; answers to frequently asked questions; guidance in the application process; a basic library of relevant EU and UK documents; a signposting section indicating where and how to access potential project partners; and the wide range of expert advice provided by the National Contact Points (NCPs). Visitors to the site who register their interest in FP6 on a central database are alerted to events and calls for funding applications and kept informed on general FP6 issues. Paul Leeks concludes: If companies and organisations in your business sector are involved in research and technology development, it may be worth them considering FP6 funding. To find our more they should click onto the website http:///fp6uk.ost.gov.uk or ring the helpline 0870 600 6080, they have nothing to lose and perhaps a lot to gain. The EUs Framework Programmes are the worlds largest, publicly funded, research and technological development programmes. The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) covers the period 2002-2006 and is the European Unions main instrument for the funding of collaborative research and innovation. It is open to public and private entities of all sizes in the EU and a number of non-EU countries. It has an overall budget of 19 billion. Most of the budget for FP6 is devoted to work in seven priority thematic areas:,? Life sciences, Genetics and Biotechnology for Health;,? Information Society Technologies;,? Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, Knowledgebased Multifunctional Materials and New Production Processes and Devices;,? Aeronautics and Space;,? Food Quality and Safety;,? Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems; and,? Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-based Society. There is also a focus on the research activities of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across all seven thematic areas. The services of FP6UK are provided by the Office of Science & Technology (OST) / Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). More information can be found on http://fp6uk.ost.gov.uk

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