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                                                                THE WEST MIDLANDS IN EUROPE FACT SHEET FOR THE EUROPEAN
                                                                                     SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7)
This FP7 Fact Sheet aims to provide information on FP7 in a concise and simple manner.
Readers are invited to identify which FP7 activities are most relevant to them and tailor this
Fact Sheet accordingly by selecting the relevant tabs.
Contact Xavier Rodde (email xavier.rodde@westmidlandsineurope.org) or your West Midlands in Europe
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                                                                                                                       A
                                                                                                                                   An overall description
FP7, in brief                                                                                                                             of FP7

                                                                                                                       B
The Framework Programme is the main European funding programme for Research and Development. It has                              Summary of Cooperation
                                                                                                                                      Priorities
existed since 1984 and the next programme, the Seventh, will last for seven years from 2007 until 2013. Just
over €54 billion have been committed to FP7 by the European Union, which is a 60% increase compared to                B1               Health, in detail
the previous programme.
                                                                                                                                   Food, Agriculture and
FP7 will provide financial support for a wide array of activities including research (basic to applied),              B2          Biotechnology, in detail
demonstration, networking, exploitation, dissemination and training.
                                                                                                                                      Information and
FP7 is structured around four distinctive programmes: Cooperation, which will support international                   B3              Communication
collaborative research in nine specific scientific priorities; Ideas, which will fund fundamental frontier research               Technologies, in detail
via the European Research Council (ERC); People, which will support the Marie Curie training schemes; and                              Nanosciences,
Capacities, which will fund regions of knowledge, SME collaborative research, access to research                                    Nanotechnologies,
infrastructures, science in society and specific international research collaboration.                                B4             Materials and new
                                                                                                                                 Production Technologies,
COOPERATION:                                              IDEAS: THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH                                                    in detail
THE PRIORITIES                                            COUNCIL
                                                                                                                      B5              Energy, in detail
1.   Health                                               The ERC will support investigator-initiated frontier
                                                                                                                                 Environment (including
2.   Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology                  research across all fields of research, on the sole         B6        Climate Change), in detail
3.   Information and Communication Technologies           basis of excellence, and carried out by individual
                                                                                                                                   Transport (including
4.   Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and        teams.                                                      B7          Aeronautics), in detail
     new Production Technologies                          There will be two grant schemes:                                      Socio-economic Sciences
5.   Energy
6.   Environment (including Climate Change)
                                                            Starting independent researcher (ERC Starting             B8           and the Humanities,
                                                            Grant)                                                                       in detail
7.   Transport (including Aeronautics)
                                                            Advanced Investigator (ERC Advanced Grant)                             Security and Space
8.   Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities
                                                          The independence of the ERC and the funding of
                                                                                                                      B9            Research, in detail
9.   Security and Space Research
                                                                                                                       C
                                                          bottom-up high-level basic research are key                                Ideas: European
                                                          elements.                                                                 Research Council

                                                                                                                       D
                                                                                                                                          People:
PEOPLE: MARIE CURIE SCHEMES                               CAPACITIES                                                                Marie Curie schemes
Marie Curie will support the initial training, life long With this programme, the EU will aim to enhance the
learning and career development of young and more research and innovation capacities of organisations                  E                  Capacities
experienced researchers, of all ages and regardless and regions and ensure their optimal use, through:
                                                                                                                       F
                                                                                                                                     Schemes, funding
of nationality, in all fields of research.                Research infrastructures                                                      and rules
Grant schemes will include:                               Research for the benefit of Small and Medium
  Training networks                                       enterprises (SMEs)
                                                          Regions of knowledge                                         The electronic version of the Fact Sheet
  European and international fellowships                                                                                is available in the member section at:
  Academia-industry collaboration                         Research potential of Convergence Regions                     http://www.westmidlandsineurope.org/
The mobility of the researchers between countries is a Science in society
key aspect of the Marie Curie schemes.                    International cooperation




                                                                                                                                          A
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STOP NEWS…                                                                                                                            TAB

      FP7 will be launched by the end 2006. ERC Starting Grants and Marie Curie schemes are likely to be
      called first (end 2006), followed by the thematic priorities and other activities (Jan/Feb 2007)
      The EC will fund research at better rates and has proposed 75% contribution towards total eligible costs                          Edited July 06
      for public organisations such as universities and local authorities but also SMEs, for collaborative
      research activities. 100% is proposed for ERC projects.
 Cooperation - The nine priorities
   The Priorities correspond to major fields of knowledge and                               5. ENERGY
   technology, where research must be supported and strengthened
   to address European social, economic, environmental and                                  Emphasis will be put on research on energy sources and carriers, lower and non-
                                                                                            CO2 emitting energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation, security of
   industrial challenges.                                                                   supply and climate change, and energy policy making. Activities will include:
                                                                                              Hydrogen and fuel cells                  Renewable electricity generation
1. HEALTH                                                                                     Renewable fuel production                Renewables for heating and cooling
Emphasis will be put on translational research (translation of basic discoveries in           Clean coal technologies                  Smart energy networks
clinical applications including scientific validation of experimental results), the           Energy efficiency and savings            Knowledge for energy policy making
development and validation of new therapies, methods for health promotion and                 CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation
prevention including promotion of healthy ageing, diagnostic tools and medical
technologies, and sustainable and efficient healthcare systems. Activities will
include:
                                                                                            6. ENVIRONMENT (INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE)
  Biotechnology, generic tools and medical technologies for human health
  Translating research for human health                                                     Emphasis will be put on prediction of climate, ecological, earth and ocean systems
  Optimising the delivery of healthcare to European citizens                                changes; on tools and technologies for monitoring, prevention, mitigation and
                                                                                            adaptation of environmental pressures and risks including on health, as well as for
The strategic issues, child health, and the health of the ageing population will
                                                                                            the conservation and recovery of the natural and man-made environment.
receive specific attention across activities. Ethical, legal and socio-economic
issues will be taken into account within each of the activities above.                      Activities will include:
                                                                                              Climate change, pollution and risks      Sustainable Management of Resources
                                                                                              Environmental Technologies               Earth observation and assessment tools

2. FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
                                                                                            7. TRANSPORT (INCLUDING AERONAUTICS)
Emphasis will be put on research on sustainable management, production and use
                                                                                            Emphasis will be put on research on the greening, cost-efficiency, safety and
of biological resources (micro-organism, plants, animals); safety of food and feed
                                                                                            security, customer satisfaction of transport; interoperability, intermodality
chains, diet related diseases, food choices and the impact of food and nutrition on
                                                                                            decongestion and accessibility; economic, social and environmental aspects of
health will help to fight food related disorders (e.g. obesity, allergies) and infectious
                                                                                            transport policy. Activities will include:
diseases (e.g. transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, avian-flu), future
policies and regulations in the area of public, animal and plant health and                   Aeronautics and air transport
consumer protection. Activities will include:                                                 Sustainable surface transport (rail, road and waterborne)
                                                                                              Support to the European global satellite navigation system (Galileo)
  Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land,
  forest, and aquatic environments
  'Fork to farm': Food, health and well being
  Life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non-food products and
  processes                                                                                 8. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES
                                                                                            Emphasis will be put on research on the formulation, implementation, impacts and
                                                                                            assessments of policy and the definition of regulatory measures in a wide range of
                                                                                            areas such as economic, social, education and training, cultural, gender equality,
3. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION                                                            enterprise, international trade, consumer, external relations, scientific and
TECHNOLOGIES                                                                                technological and official statistics policies, and the creation of the area of freedom,
                                                                                            security and justice. Activities will include:
Emphasis will be put on research on hiding technology complexity and revealing
functionality on demand; functionality, simplicity of use, availability and affordability     Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society
of technology; trust, reliability and adaptability of new ICT-based applications,             Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European
solutions and services; miniaturisation mastering the convergence of computing,               perspective
communications and media technologies, including interoperability, and                        Major trends in society and their implications
convergence with other relevant sciences and technologies; demand for health                  Europe in the world                             The citizen in the European Union
and social care (ageing population in particular), modernisation of public services           Socio-economic and scientific indicators Foresight activities
such as education, cultural heritage, learning, social inclusion, cohesion, security,
energy, transport and the environment, and accessibility and transparency of
governance and policy development. Research will draw on a broader range of
disciplines including biotechnology, chemistry, materials- and life-sciences,               9. SECURITY AND SPACE RESEARCH
mathematics, physics, psychology, pedagogy, cognitive and social sciences and
                                                                                            Emphasis will be put on Security research on technologies and capabilities that
the humanities. Activities will include:
                                                                                            ensure the security of citizens from threats such as terrorism, natural disasters, and
 ICT Technology Pillars                    Applications Research                            crime; use of technologies to the benefit of civil European security and stimulate
 Integration of Technologies                                                                cooperation between providers and users. Emphasis will also be put on Space
                                                                                            research on: the efficient exploitation of space assets for the implementation of
                                                                                            applications, in particular GMES and their contribution to law enforcement in EU
                                                                                            policies; space exploration and activities guaranteeing the strategic role of the
4. NANOSCIENCES, NANOTECHNOLOGIES,                                                          European Union in the space sector. Activities will include:
MATERIALS AND NEW PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES                                                     Protection against terrorism and crime           Restoring security in case of crisis
                                                                                              Security of infrastructures and utilities        Security and society




                                                                                                                                                               B
Emphasis will be put on research on nanotechnologies, materials and production                Security systems integration and interoperability                        FP7 FACT SHE
technologies, in order to generate knowledge for new applications at the




                                                                                                                                                               B
                                                                                              Intelligence surveillance and border security                                     TAB
crossroads between different technologies and disciplines. Activities are                                                                                  FP7 FACT SHEET
                                                                                              Security Research Coordination and structuring
primarily concerned with enabling technologies which impact all industrial                    Space-based applications at the
sectors and other FP7 Themes. Activities will include:                                                                                                    TAB
                                                                                              service of the European Society
  Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies        Materials                                             Exploration of space
  New Production                        Integration of technologies for industrial            RTD for strengthening space foundations
                                        applications
                                                                                                                                                                 Edited 1 June 06
                                                                                                                                                           Edited July 06
   FP7 Cooperation, Theme One
   Health
   Objective            Improving the health of European citizens, increasing the competitiveness and boosting the innovative capacity of European health-related
                        industries and businesses, while addressing global health issues including emerging epidemics. Emphasis will be put on translational
                        research (translation of basic discoveries in clinical applications including scientific validation of experimental results), the development and
                        validation of new therapies, methods for health promotion and prevention including promotion of healthy ageing, diagnostic tools and
                        medical technologies, as well as sustainable and efficient healthcare systems.


   Summary of activities                    (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

                                                            Research on the brain and related diseases,               To translate effective interventions into
   Biotechnology, generic tools and medical                                                                           management decisions, to assess the cost,
   technologies for human health                            human development and ageing.
                                                                                                                      efficiency and benefits of different interventions
                                                             To explore the process of healthy ageing and the         including as regards patient safety, to define the
   High-throughput research.                                 way genes and environment interact with brain            needs and conditions for an adequate supply of
    To catalyse experimental progress in genome,             activity, under normal conditions as well as in          human resources, to analyse factors influencing
    post-genome and biomedical research by                   brain diseases including relevant age related            equity of access to high quality health care (also
    enhancing data generation, standardisation,              illness (e.g. dementia).                                 by disadvantaged groups), including analyses of
    acquisition and analysis.                                                                                         changes in population (e.g. ageing, mobility and
                                                            Translational research in infectious diseases.
   Detection, diagnosis and monitoring.                       To address anti-microbial drug resistance, the          migration, and the changing workplace).
    With emphasis on non-invasive or minimally                global threats of HIV/AIDS, including co-infection    Enhanced disease prevention and better use of
    invasive approaches.                                      with hepatitis C, malaria and tuberculosis as well    medicines.
                                                              as potentially new and re-emerging epidemics           To develop efficient public health interventions
   Predicting suitability, safety and efficacy of             (e.g. SARS and highly pathogenic influenza).
   therapies.                                                                                                        addressing wider determinants of health (such as
                                                            Translational research in major diseases: cancer,        stress, diet, lifestyle or environmental factors and
     To develop and validate biological markers, in         cardiovascular disease, diabetes/obesity; rare           their interaction with medication). To identify
     vivo and in vitro methods and models, including        diseases; and other chronic diseases including           successful interventions in different health care
     simulation, pharmacogenomics, targeting and            rheumatoid diseases.                                     settings for improving the prescription of
     delivery approaches and alternatives to animal                                                                  medicines and improving their use by patients
     testing.                                                 To develop patient-oriented strategies from
                                                              prevention to diagnosis with particular emphasis       (including pharmacovigilence aspects and
   Innovative therapeutic approaches and                      in treatment including clinical research.              interactions of medicines).
   intervention.                                                                                                    Appropriate use of new health therapies and
     To research, consolidate and ensure further            Optimising the delivery of health care to               technologies.
     developments in advanced therapies and                 European citizens                                         Long term safety and effectiveness assessment
     technologies with potential application in many                                                                  and monitoring of large scale use of new medical
     diseases and disorders such as new therapeutic         Translating clinical research outcome into clinical
                                                                                                                      technologies (including devices) and advanced
     tools for regenerative medicine.                       practice.
                                                                                                                      therapies ensuring a high level of protection and
                                                              To create the knowledge base for clinical               benefit for public health.
   Translating research for human health                      decision-making and how to translate outcomes
                                                              of clinical research into clinical practice and
   Integrating biological data and processes: large-          especially addressing patient safety and the            The strategic issues, child health, and the health
   scale data gathering, systems biology (including           better use of medicines (including some aspects         of the ageing population will receive specific
   modelling of complex systems).                             of pharmacovigilence and scientifically tested          attention across activities.
     To generate and analyse the vast amount of data          complementary and alternative medicines) as             Ethical, legal and socio-economic issues will be
     needed to understand better the complex                  well as the specificities of children, women and        taken into account within each of the activities
     regulatory networks of thousands of genes and            elderly population.                                     above.
     gene-products controlling important biological
                                                            Quality, efficiency and solidarity of health care
     processes in all relevant organisms and at all
                                                            systems including transitional health care systems.
     levels of organisation.



The Technology Platforms (TP)                                              On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at                - EU Public Health website: http://ec.europa.eu/health/index_en.htm
European level, common strategic research agendas (SRA).                   - EU Fundamental Genomics: http://ec.europa.eu/research/health/genomics/index_en.htm
Although independent from the EC and not part of FP7, these                - EU Nanotechnology Portal (nanomedicine):
are considered as an important input in preparing the detailed             http://cordis.europa.eu/nanotechnology/nanomedicine.htm
content of the Cooperation themes. Researchers interested in
this theme should follow or get involved in the following TPs:             - EU Biosociety: http://ec.europa.eu/research/biosociety/index_en.htm

     NanoMedicine - Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications
     Innovative Medicines for Europe
     Food European Technology Platform "Food for Life"                                                                                                 FP7 FACT SHEET




                                                                                                                                                     B1
     Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies                                                                                                        TAB


See the technology Platform website at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms

                                                                                                                                                       Edited July 06 1
 FP7 Cooperation, Theme Two
 Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
 Objective            Building a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy by bringing together science, industry and other stakeholders, to exploit new and
                      emerging research opportunities that address social, environmental and economic challenges: the growing demand for safer, healthier and
                      higher quality food and for sustainable use and production of renewable bio-resources; the increasing risk of epizootic and zoonotic
                      diseases and food related disorders; threats to the sustainability and security of agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries production including
                      those resulting from climate change; and the increasing demand for high quality food, taking into account animal welfare and rural and
                      coastal contexts and the ways of meeting specific consumer needs.



 Summary of activities                     (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

                                                             threats to the sustainability and security of food    • Improved quality and safety, both chemical and
 Sustainable production and management of                    production, including climate change; safe              biological, of food, beverage and feed;
 biological resources from land, forest, and                 disposal of animal waste.                             • Integrity (and control) of the food chain;
 aquatic environments                                      • For biological resources from aquatic                 • Environmental impacts on and of food/feed
                                                             environments, research will support                     chains;
   • Enabling research, including 'omics'                    sustainability and competitiveness of fisheries,
     technologies, such as genomics, proteomics,             provide the scientific and technical basis of         • Impact on and resistance of food chain to
     metabolomics, systems biology, bioinformatics           fisheries management and support the                    global changes;
     and converging technologies for micro-                  sustainable development of aquaculture,               • Total food chain concept (including seafood);
     organisms, plants and animals, including                including breeding and welfare.                       • Traceability.
     exploitation and sustainable use of their
     biodiversity.                                         • Development of tools needed by policy makers
                                                             and other actors in areas such as agriculture,       Life sciences and biotechnology for
   • For land based biological resources, research           fisheries and aquaculture and rural                  sustainable non-food products and processes
     will focus on: soil fertility; improved crops and       development (landscape, land management
     production systems in all their diversity,              practices etc.); socio-economic and ethical           • Improved crops and forest resources, feed-
     including organic farming, quality production           contexts of production.                                 stocks, marine products and biomass
     schemes and monitoring and assessment of                                                                        (including marine resources) for energy,
     GMO impacts on environment and humans;                                                                          environment, and high added value products
     plant health; sustainable, competitive and          “Fork to farm”: Food, health and well being
                                                                                                                     such as materials and chemicals, including
     multifunctional agriculture, and forestry;            • Consumer, societal, cultural, industrial and            novel farming systems, bio-processes and bio-
     integrated rural development.                           health aspects of food and feed, including              refinery concepts;
   • Animal health and welfare, breeding and                 behavioural and cognitive sciences;                   • Bio-catalysis, new and improved micro-
     production, including research into vaccines          • Nutrition, diet related diseases and disorders,         organisms and enzymes; forestry and forest
     and diagnostics; infectious diseases in                 including obesity and allergies; health benefits        based products and processes;
     animals, including epidemiological studies,             of certain food and diets; innovative food and        • Environmental bio-remediation and cleaner
     zoonoses and their pathogenic mechanisms,               feed processing technologies (including                 bio-processing, the utilisation of agro industrial
     and diseases linked to animal feedstuffs; other         packaging);                                             wastes and by-products.




Technology Platforms (TP)                                       On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at     - EU Fundamental Genomics: http://ec.europa.eu/research/health/genomics/index_en.htm
European level, common strategic research agendas               - EU Biotechnology Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/biotechnology
(SRA). Although independent from the EC and not part of         - EU Agricultural Research Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/agriculture/index_en.html
FP7, these are considered as an important input in              - EU Endocrine Disrupters website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/endocrine/index_en.html
preparing the detailed content of the Cooperation themes.       - Food and Feed Safety: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/index_en.htm
Researchers interested in this theme should follow or get
involved in the following TPs:
           Plants for the Future
           Sustainable Chemistry
           Forest Based Sector
           Global Animal Health
           "Food for Life"

See: http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms
                                                                                                                                                    FP7 FACT SHEET




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                                                                                                                                                    Edited July 06 1
 FP7 Cooperation, Theme Three
 Information and Communication Technologies
 Objective            Improve the competitiveness of European industry and enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of Information and
                      Communication Technologies (ICT) so that the demands of its society and economy are met. Activities will strengthen Europe’s scientific and
                      technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT, help drive and stimulate product, service and process innovation and creativity
                      through ICT use and ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.

 Summary of activities                          (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)
                                                            user-friendliness of systems engineering and                  consequences of natural disasters and industrial
 ICT Technology Pillars                                     information processing, and for modelling and                 accidents and human activities related to
 Nano-electronics, photonics and integrated                 simulation of the living world.                               economic development.
 micro/nano-systems: pushing the limits of                                                                              – for governments; efficiency, openness and
 miniaturisation, integration, variety, storage and         Integration of Technologies                                   accountability, for a world-class public
 density; increasing performance and manufactu-             Personal environments: personal communication                 administration and links to citizens and
 rability at lower cost; facilitating incorporation of      and computing devices, accessories, wearables,                businesses, supporting democracy, allowing
 ICzT in range of applications; interfaces; upstream        implants; their interfaces and interconnections to            access to information to all.
 research requiring exploration of new concepts.            services and resources.                                   ICT for content, creativity and personal development:
 Ubiquitous and unlimited capacity communication            Home environments: communication, monitoring,               – new media paradigms and new forms of content,
 networks: ubiquitous access over heterogeneous             control, assistance; seamless interoperability and            including entertainment; creation of interactive
 networks - fixed, mobile, wireless and broadcasting        use of all devices; interactive digital content and           digital content; enriched user experiences; cost-
 networks spanning from the personal area to the            services.                                                     effective content delivery; digital rights
 regional and global area - allowing the seamless           Robotic systems: advanced autonomous systems;                 management; hybrid media.
 delivery of ever higher volumes of data and                cognition, control, action skills, natural interaction      – technology-enhanced learning; adaptive and
 services anywhere, anytime.                                and cooperation; miniaturisation, humanoid                    contextualised learning solutions; active learning.
 Embedded systems, computing and control:                   technologies.                                               – ICT-based systems to support accessibility and
 powerful, secure and distributed, reliable and             Intelligent infrastructures: tools making infrastruc-         use over time of digital cultural and scientific
 efficient computing, storage and communication             tures that are critical to everyday life more efficient       resources and assets, in a multilingual and
 systems and products that are embedded in                  and user-friendly, easier to adapt and maintain,              multicultural environment
 objects and physical infrastructures and that can          more robust to usage and resistant to failures.           ICT supporting businesses and industry:
 sense, control and adapt to their environment;                                                                         – new forms of dynamic networked co-operative
 interoperability of discrete and continuous systems.       Applications Research                                         business processes, digital eco-systems in
                                                                                                                          particular for small- and medium-sized
 Software, Grids, security and dependability:               ICT meeting societal challenges: New systems,
                                                                                                                          organisations; optimised, distributed work
 dynamic, adaptive, dependable and trusted                  novel materials, structures and technologies and
                                                                                                                          organisation and collaborative work
 software and services, platforms for software and          services in areas of public interest improving
                                                                                                                          environments such as knowledge sharing and
 services, complex systems and new processing               quality, efficiency, access and inclusiveness; user
                                                                                                                          interactive services (e.g. for tourism).
 architectures, including their provision as a utility.     friendly applications, integration of new
                                                                                                                        – Manufacturing including traditional industries:
 Knowledge, cognitive and learning systems:                 technologies and initiatives such as ambient
                                                                                                                          rapid and adaptive design, production and
 semantic systems; capturing and exploiting                 assisted living, in the following areas:
                                                                                                                          delivery of highly customised goods; digital and
 knowledge embedded in web and multimedia                      – for health, improving disease prevention and
                                                                                                                          virtual production; modelling, simulation,
 content; bio-inspired artificial systems that                   health care provisions, early diagnosis,
                                                                                                                          optimisation and presentation tools; miniature
 perceive, understand, learn and evolve, and act                 treatment and personalisation; autonomy,
                                                                                                                          and integrated ICT products;
 autonomously; learning by convivial machines and                safety, monitoring and mobility of patients;
                                                                                                                      ICT for trust and confidence: identity management;
 humans based on a better understanding of human                 health information space for knowledge
                                                                                                                      authentication and authorization; privacy enhancing
 cognition.                                                      discovery.
                                                                                                                      technologies; rights and asset management;
 Simulation, visualisation, interaction and mixed              – to improve inclusion and equal participation and
                                                                                                                      protection against cyber threats.
 realities: tools for innovative design and creativity in        prevent digital divides; assistive technology for
 products, services and digital media, and for                   elderly and for disabled people; design-for-all.
                                                               – for mobility; intelligent ICT-based transportation    Research into Future and Emerging
 natural, language-enabled and context-rich                                                                            Technologies is particularly relevant in this
 interaction and communication.                                  systems and vehicles and intelligent service
                                                                 solutions for tourism enabling people and goods       Theme to support research at the frontier of
 New perspectives in ICT drawing on other science                to move safely, ecologically, comfortably and         knowledge in core ICTs and in their combination
 and technology disciplines, including insights from             efficiently.                                          with other relevant areas and disciplines; to
 physics, biotechnologies, materials- and life-                – in support of the environment, risk management        nurture ideas and radically new uses and to
 sciences, mathematics, for miniaturisation of ICT               and sustainable development, to prevent or            explore new options in ICT research roadmaps.
 devices to sizes compatible and interacting with                reduce vulnerability and to mitigate the
 living organisms, to increase performance and

Technology Platforms (TP)                                                    On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at European         - EU Information Society Portal: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/research/index_en.htm
level, common strategic research agendas (SRA). Although                     - IST on Cordis website: http://cordis.europa.eu/ist
independent from the EC and not part of FP7, these are considered
as an important input in preparing the detailed content of the
Cooperation themes. Researchers interested in this theme should
follow or get involved in the following TPs:                                                                                                            FP7 FACT SHEET




                                                                                                                                                      B3
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     European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council                    Date(s) for the diary
     Mobile and Wireless Communications                                      + IST 2006 EU Conference 21-23 Nov 06
     Networked and Electronic Media                                            See: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/istevent
     Networked European Software and Services Initiative
     European Robotics Platform        Embedded Systems
     Photonics21          Integral Satellite Communications Initiative
See: http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms                                                                                                       Edited July 06 1
 FP7 Cooperation, Theme Three
 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies,
 Materials and new Production Technologies
 Objective           Improve the competitiveness of European industry and generate knowledge to ensure its transformation from a resource-intensive to a
                     knowledge-intensive industry, by generating step changes in knowledge and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the
                     crossroads between different technologies and disciplines. This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and higher-value, knowledge-
                     based traditional industries, with a special focus to the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs. These activities are primarily
                     concerned with enabling technologies which impact all industrial sectors and many other Themes under FP7.


 Summary of activities                  (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)


 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies                            • higher complexity;
                                                           • Environmental compatibility; integration of       Integration of technologies for industrial
   • Generating new knowledge on interface and                                                                 applications
                                                             nano micro-macro functionality in the chemical
      size dependent phenomena;
                                                             technology and materials processing               Integrating new knowledge, nano- and micro
   • Nano-scale control of material properties for           industries;                                       technologies, materials and production in sectoral
      new applications; integration of technologies at
                                                           • New nano-materials including nano-                and cross-sectoral applications to address in
      the nano-scale;
                                                             composites, bio-materials, artificial materials   particular the needs identified by relevant
   • Self-assembling properties;                             with electromagnetic properties not found in      European Technology Platforms (see article
   • Nano-motors; machines and systems;                      nature, and hybrid materials, including design    below.) such as:
   • Methods and tools for characterisation and              and control of their processing, properties and     • Health: equipment, drug delivery, sensors,
      manipulation at nano dimensions;                       performance.                                           imaging, bio-implants, regenerative medicine, etc
   • Nano precision technologies in chemistry for        Materials with new properties are key to the future     • Construction: Demonstrate the shift to knowledge-
      the manufacture of basic materials and             competitiveness of European industry and the               based, client-focused and sustainable
      components;                                        basis for technical progress in many areas such as         construction: based on life-cycle, safety, new
   • Impact on human safety, health and the              health, electronics, energy, transportation and            product and process strategies; integrating nano-
      environment;                                       security.                                                  developments, functional materials with intelligent
   • Metrology, monitoring and sensing,                                                                             construction processes, etc
      nomenclature and standards;                        New Production                                          • Chemistry: Industrial bio-,material technologies,
   • Exploration of new concepts and approaches          Creating conditions and assets for sustainable
                                                                                                                    process equipment and process life-cycle
      for sectoral applications, including the                                                                      approaches for process development of “green
                                                         knowledge-intensive production, including
      integration and convergence of emerging                                                                       green” chemicals etc chemicals etc…;
                                                         construction, development and validation of new
      technologies.                                      paradigms responding to emerging industrial needs       • Environment covering Sustainable Mineral
 Activities will also investigate the impact of          and fostering the modernisation of the European            Resources: Eco-innovation in a wide spectrum of
 nanotechnology on society and the relevance of          industry base;                                             environmental technologies etc;
 nanoscience and technology for the solution of          Development of generic production assets for            • Textiles and Clothing Textiles and Clothing:
 societal problems.                                      adaptive, networked and knowledge-based                    establishment as raw materials of choice in many
                                                         production;                                                industrial sectors, new technical applications,
 Materials                                                                                                          customised and intelligent production
                                                         Development of new engineering concepts
                                                         exploiting the convergence of technologies for the      • Forestry, paper and pulp Forestry, paper and pulp:
   • Generating new knowledge on high-                                                                              Extended multifunctional use of resources, eco-
     performance surfaces and materials for new          next generation of high value-added products and
                                                         services, and adaptation to the changing needs;            processes, packaging, composite and hybrid
     products and processes;                                                                                        materials etc…;
                                                         engage high-throughput production technologies.
   • Knowledge-based materials with tailored                                                                     • Mechanical and Electromechanical engineering:
     properties and predictable performance;                                                                        Next generation of intelligent machinery and
   • More reliable design and simulation;                                                                           automation systems etc….
   • Computational modelling;


Technology Platforms (TP)                                              On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at            - EU Industrial Technologies Portal:
European level, common strategic research agendas (SRA).                http://ec.europa.eu/research/industrial_technologies/index_en.html
Although independent from the EC and not part of FP7, these
                                                                       - EU Nanotechnology Portal: http://cordis.europa.eu/nanotechnology
are considered as an important input in preparing the detailed
content of the Cooperation themes. Researchers interested in           - Future of Manufacture:
this theme should follow or get involved in the following TPs:          http://ec.europa.eu/research/industrial_technologies/manufuture/home_en.html

            Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry
            The European Steel Technology Platform
            Future of Textiles and Clothing                                                                                                      FP7 FACT SHEET




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            Platform on Future Manufacturing Technologies                                                                                             TAB
            European Construction Technology Platform
            Advanced Engineering Materials and                         Date(s) for the diary
            Technologies
            Industrial Safety                                          + European Forum on Nanosciences on 19-20th Oct 06
            Integral Satellite Communications Initiative                 See: http://www.cost.esf.org/nanosciences
See: http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms                                                                                                Edited July 06 1
   FP7 Cooperation, Theme Five
   Energy
   Objective           Adapting the current fossil-fuel based energy system into a more sustainable one, less dependent of imported fuels, based on a diverse mix
                       of energy sources and carriers, with particular attention being paid to lower and non-CO2 emitting energy technologies, combined with
                       enhanced energy efficiency and conservation, to address the pressing challenges of security of supply and climate change, whilst increasing
                       the competitiveness of Europe’s industries.


   Summary of activities                  (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

                                                                                                                     integrated European energy market e.g. by
   Hydrogen and fuel cells                                Renewables for heating and cooling                         transforming the current electricity grids into an
                                                                                                                     interactive (customers/operators) service network,
   Integrated action to provide a strong technological    Research, development and demonstration of                 developing energy storage options and removing
   foundation for competitive EU fuel cell and            technologies and devices including storage                 obstacles to the large-scale deployment and
   hydrogen industries, for stationary, portable and      technologies to increase efficiencies and drive            effective integration of distributed and renewable
   transport applications. The Hydrogen and Fuel          down the costs of active and passive heating and           energy sources.
   Cells European Technology Platform helps this          cooling from renewable energy sources, ensuring
   activity by proposing an integrated research and       their use in different regional conditions.
   deployment strategy (see article below).                                                                          Energy efficiency and savings
                                                          CO2 capture and storage technologies for
                                                                                                                     Research, development and demonstration of new
   Renewable electricity generation                       zero emission power generation                             concepts, optimisation of proved concepts and
   Technologies to increase overall conversion            Research, development and demonstration of                 technologies to improve energy efficiency and to
   efficiency, cost efficiency and reliability, driving   technologies to drastically reduce the adverse             reduce further final and primary energy
   down the cost of electricity production from           environmental impact of fossil fuel use aiming at          consumption for buildings, taking the life cycle into
   indigenous renewable energy sources, including         highly efficient and cost effective power and/ or          account, transport, services and industry. This
   biodegradable waste, and the development and the       steam generation plants with near zero emissions,          includes the integration of strategies and
   demonstration of technologies suited to different      based on CO2 capture and storage technologies,             technologies for energy efficiency (including co-
   regional conditions.                                   in particular underground storage.                         and polygeneration), the use of new and renewable
                                                                                                                     energy technologies and energy demand
   Renewable fuel production                                                                                         management measures and devices, and the
                                                          Clean coal technologies
                                                                                                                     demonstration of minimum climate impact
   Integrated conversion technologies and fuel            To substantially improve plant efficiency, reliability     buildings.
   production systems: to develop and drive down the      and cost through research, development and
   unit cost of solid, liquid and gaseous (including      demonstration of clean coal and other solid fuel           Knowledge for energy policy making
   hydrogen) fuels produced from renewable energy         conversion technologies producing also secondary
   sources, including biomass and biodegradable           energy carriers (including hydrogen) and liquid or         Development of tools, methods and models to
   waste, aiming at the cost-effective production,        gaseous fuels.                                             assess the main economic and social issues
   storage, distribution and use of carbon-neutral                                                                   related to energy technologies and to provide
   fuels, in particular liquid biofuels for transport.                                                               quantifiable targets and scenarios for medium and
                                                          Smart energy networks
                                                                                                                     long term horizons (including providing scientific
                                                          Research, develop and demonstrate how to                   support for policy development).
                                                          increase the efficiency, safety, reliability and quality
                                                          of the European electricity and gas systems and
                                                          networks notably within the context of a more




The Technology Platforms (TP)                                            On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at              - EU Energy Research Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/energy/index_en.htm
European level, common strategic research agendas (SRA).                 - European Energy and Transport Forum:
Although independent from the EC and not part of FP7, these              http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/forum/index_en.htm
are considered as an important input in preparing the detailed
content of the Cooperation themes. Researchers interested in
this theme should follow or get involved in the following TPs:
     The European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
     Platform
     The European Technology Platform on Photovoltaics
     Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry
     Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants Technology
     Platform

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See the technology Platform website at:                                                                                                                     TAB
http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms




                                                                                                                                                       Edited July 06 1
   FP7 Cooperation, Theme Six
   Environment (including Climate Change)
   Objective           Sustainable management of the environment and its resources through advancing our knowledge on the interactions between the climate,
                       biosphere, ecosystems and human activities, and developing new technologies, tools and services, in order to address in an integrated way
                       global environmental issues . Emphasis will be put on prediction of climate, ecological, earth and ocean systems changes; on tools and
                       technologies for monitoring, prevention, mitigation and adaptation of environmental pressures and risks including on health, as well as for
                       the conservation and recovery of the natural and man-made environment.


   Summary of activities                  (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

                                                                                                                    Technology assessment, verification and testing
   Climate change, pollution and risks                     Sustainable Management of Resources
                                                                                                                     Methods and tools for environmental risk and
   Pressures on environment and climate                    Conservation and sustainable management of                lifecycle assessment of processes, technologies
    Functioning of climate and the earth system,           natural and man-made resources and biodiversity           and products, including alternative testing
    including the polar regions; adaptation and             ecosystems; water resources management;                  strategies and in particular non-animal methods
    mitigation measures; pollution in air, soil and         waste management and prevention; protection              for industrial chemicals; support for sustainable
    water; changes in atmospheric composition and           and management of biodiversity, including control        chemistry, forest-based sector technology, water
    water cycle; global and regional interactions           of invasive alien species, soil protection, seabed,      supply and sanitation Platforms ; scientific and
    between climate and atmosphere, land surface,           lagoons and coastal areas protection,                    technological aspects of a future European
    ice and the ocean; and impacts on biodiversity          approaches against desertification and land              environmental technologies verification and
    and ecosystems, including the effects of the sea        degradation, preservation of landscape;                  testing programme, complementing third party
    level rise on coastal zones and impacts on              sustainable use and management of forests;               assessment instruments.
    particularly sensitive areas such as mountain           sustainable management and planning of urban
    regions..                                               environment, including post-industrialised zones;       Earth observation and assessment tools
                                                            data management and information services;
   Environment and health                                   assessment and foresight relating to natural            Earth and ocean observation systems and
    Interaction of environmental stressors with             processes.                                              monitoring methods for the environment and
    human health including identification of sources,                                                               sustainable development:
    biomonitoring research for environment related         Management of marine environments
                                                                                                                      Contribute to the development and integration of
    health, indoor air quality and links to indoor          Impacts of human activities on the marine                 observation systems for environmental and
    environment, urban environment, car emissions           environment and its resources; pollution and              sustainability issues in the framework of GEOSS
    and impact and emerging risk factors; integrated        eutrophication in regional seas and coastal areas;        (to which GMES is complementary);
    risk assessment methods for hazardous                   deep sea ecosystems; assessment of marine                 interoperability between systems and
    substances including alternatives to animal             biodiversity trends, of ecosystem processes and           optimisation of information for understanding,
    testing; quantification and cost-benefit analysis of    of ocean circulation; seabed geology.                     modelling and predicating environmental
    environmental health risks and indicators for           Development of strategies, concepts and tools for         phenomena, for assessing, exploring for and
    prevention strategies.                                  a sustainable use of the ocean and its resources.         managing natural resources.
   Natural hazards                                                                                                  Forecasting methods and assessment tools for
    Improve forecasting and integrated hazards-            Environmental Technologies                               sustainable development taking into account
    vulnerability - and risks assessments for disasters                                                             differing scales of observation
                                                           Environmental technologies for observation,
    related to geological hazards (such as                                                                            modelling links between
                                                           simulation, prevention, mitigation, adaptation,
    earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis) and climate                                                                     economy/environment/society including market
                                                           remediation and restoration of the natural and man-
    (such as storms, drought, floods, forest fires,                                                                   based instruments, externalities, thresholds and
                                                           made environment
    landslides, avalanches and other related extreme                                                                  developing the knowledge base and
    events) and their impacts; develop early warning         related to water, climate, air, marine, urban and
                                                             rural environment, soil, waste treatment,                methodologies for sustainability impact
    systems and improve prevention, mitigation and                                                                    assessment on key issues such as land use and
    management strategies, also within a multirisk           recycling, clean production processes and
                                                             sustainable products, chemicals safety, and the          marine issues; urban development, social and
    approach.                                                                                                         economic tensions related to climate change.
                                                             built environment.
                                                           Protection, conservation and enhancement of
                                                           cultural heritage including human habitat, fostering
                                                           integration of cultural heritage in the urban setting.


The Technology Platforms (TP)                                        On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at          - Environment research on DG Research: http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index_en.htm
European level, common strategic research agendas (SRA).             - Environment research on DG Environment:
Although independent from the EC and not part of FP7, these          http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research_en.htm
are considered as an important input in preparing the detailed       - EU Space portal (see earth observation) http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/space/index_en.html
content of the Cooperation themes. Researchers interested in
this theme should follow or get involved in the following TPs:       - EU Environment technology action plan (ETAP):
                                                                     http://ec.europa.eu/environment/etap/index_en.htm
     Plants for the Future                                                                                                                        FP7 FACT SHEET




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     Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform                                                                                                     TAB
     (WSSTP)
     Forest Based Sector Technology Platform
     Integral Satellite Communications Initiative

See the technology Platform webssite at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms                                                                                                         Edited July 06 1
   FP7 Cooperation, Theme Seven
   Transport
   Objective            Based on technological and operational advances and on the European transport policy, develop integrated, safer, “greener” and “smarter”
                        pan-European transport systems for the benefit of all citizens and society, respecting the environment and natural resources; and securing
                        and further developing the competitiveness attained by the European industries in the global market.


   Summary of activities                   (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

                                                             methods, protecting the aircraft against attack,       strategies to encourage energy efficient means of
   Aeronautics and air transport                             auto recovery and improved security design of          transport.
                                                             aircraft.
   The greening of air transport                                                                                   Ensuring sustainable and accessible urban mobility
    Reduction of emissions, including green house          Pioneering the air transport of the future              for all citizens including the disadvantaged
    gases and noise disturbance, incorporating work          Addressing the longer term challenges of aviation       Innovative organisation schemes, including clean
    on engines and alternative fuels, structures and         with more radical, environmentally efficient,           and safe vehicles and non-polluting means of
    new aircraft designs, airport operations and traffic     accessible and innovative combinations of               transport with lower levels of pollution, new high
    management.                                              technologies which would lead to significant steps      quality public transportation modes and
                                                             forward in air transport.                               rationalisation of private transport,
   Increasing time efficiency                                                                                        communication infrastructure, integrated town
     Improvement of the efficiency of operating                                                                      planning and transport including their relationship
     schedules focusing on innovative air traffic          Sustainable surface transport (rail, road                 with growth and employment.
     management systems in line with the effective         and waterborne)
     implementation of Single Sky policy which                                                                     Improving safety and security
                                                           The greening of surface transport                         As inherent to the transport system, in transport
     integrate air, ground and space components,
     including traffic flow and more aircraft autonomy.     Reduction of environmental and noise pollution,          operations for drivers, passengers, crew, cyclists
                                                            including green house gases through                      and pedestrians and goods, in the design and
   Ensuring customer satisfaction and safety                technological and socio-economic means;                  operation of vehicles, vessels, infrastructures and
    Improvement of passenger comfort, innovative in-        development of clean and efficient engines and           within the total transport system.
    flight services and more efficient passenger            power-trains, including hybrid technology and the
    handling; improvement of all safety aspects of air      use of alternative fuels for transport applications    Strengthening competitiveness
    transport; wider choice of aircraft ranging from        in particular hydrogen and fuel cells, taking            Improvement of design processes; development
    wide body to smaller size vehicles suitable for         account cost-efficiency and energy-efficiency            of advanced power-train and vehicle and vessel
    different applications.                                 considerations; end of life strategies for vehicles      technologies; innovative and cost-effective
                                                            and vessels.                                             production systems and infrastructure
   Improving cost efficiency                                                                                         construction; integrative architectures.
     Reduction of costs associated with product            Encouraging and increasing modal shift and
     development, manufacturing and operating costs        decongesting transport corridors
     focusing on innovative and zero maintenance,           Development of sustainable, innovative,                Support to the European global satellite
     repair and overhaul, aircraft, increased use of        intermodal and interoperable regional and              navigation system (Galileo) and EGNOS
     automation and simulation.                             national transport and logistics networks,
                                                            infrastructures and systems in Europe; cost            Precise navigation and timing services for use in a
   Protection of aircraft and passengers                    internalisation; information exchange between          range of sectors; efficient use of satellite navigation
    Enhancement of protection measures for the              vehicle/vessel and transport infrastructure;           and support to the definition of second generation
    traveller, crew, aircraft and air transport system      optimisation of infrastructure capacity; modal shift   technologies and applications.
    such as improved data and identification




The Technology Platforms (TP)                                             On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at               - Sustainable Surface Transport Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/transport/index_en.html
European level, common strategic research agendas (SRA).                  - EU Transport Research Knowledge Centre: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/extra/web/index.cfm
Although independent from the EC and not part of FP7, these               - European Energy and Transport Forum:
are considered as an important input in preparing the detailed            http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/forum/index_en.htm
content of the Cooperation themes. Researchers interested in
this theme should follow or get involved in the following TPs:            - EU Aeronautics Research Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/aeronautics/index_en.html
                                                                          - Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe: http://www.acare4europe.com/
     ERTRAC European Road Transport Research Advisory
     Council                                                              - EU Space portal (for link to GALILEO, etc):
     ERRAC European Rail Research Advisory Council                        http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/space/index_en.html
     WATERBORNE Technology Platform
     ACARE - Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in
     Europe
     Integral Satellite Communications Initiative
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See the technology Platform website at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms




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   FP7 Cooperation, Theme Eight
   Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities
   Objective           Generating an in-depth, shared understanding of complex and interrelated socio-economic challenges Europe is confronted with, such as
                       growth, employment and competitiveness, social cohesion, intercultural understanding, social, cultural and educational challenges in an
                       enlarged EU, sustainability, quality of life, demographic change, migration and integration, and global interdependence, in particular with the
                       view of providing an improved knowledge base for policies in the fields concerned and the specific objective of developing the prerequisite
                       for a modern sustainable society.


   Summary of activities                  (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

                                                          migration and integration, analysing the                 society; research for building a shared
   Growth, employment and competitiveness                 implications of demographic change for urban             understanding and respect for Europe’s diversities
   in a knowledge society                                 development; lifestyles, work, families, reconciling     and commonalities in terms of culture, religions,
   Developing and integrating research on the issues      professional and family life, gender equality issues,    cultural heritage, institutions including legal
   affecting growth, socio-economic stability,            disabilities issues, health and quality of life;         systems, history, languages and values as building
   employment and competitiveness, covering topics        economic and other consumer protection;                  elements of European multi-cultural identity and
   such as innovation, education including life-long      inequalities; criminality; the role of business in       heritage.
   learning and the role of scientific and other          society and population diversity, ethnicity, religious
   knowledge and intangible goods on a global scale,      pluralism, cultural interactions, multicultural issues   Socio-economic and scientific indicators:
   youth and youth policy, adaptation of labour market    and issues related to protection of fundamental
                                                          rights and the fight against racism and intolerance      Use of indicators in policy and its implementation
   policies, and, to national institutional contexts.
                                                          and all forms of discrimination.                         and monitoring, the improvement of existing
                                                                                                                   indicators, techniques to analyse them, and the
   Combining economic, social and                                                                                  development of new ones for this purpose and for
                                                          Europe in the world
   environmental objectives in a European                                                                          the evaluation of research programmes, including
   perspective                                            Understanding changing interactions and                  indicators based on official statistics.
                                                          interdependencies, including inter-cultural relations,
   Combining economic, social and environmental           between world regions, including developing
   objectives in a European perspective by                                                                         Foresight activities
                                                          regions, and their implications for the regions
   addressing the two key and highly interrelated         concerned, especially Europe; and addressing             Foresight activities on major science, technology
   issues of continuing evolution of European socio-      emerging threats and risks without undermining           and related socio-economic issues such as the
   economic models and economic, social and               human rights, freedom and well-being, and                future demographic trends and the globalisation of
   regional cohesion in an enlarged EU, taking into       fostering peace.                                         knowledge, the dissemination of knowledge, and
   account sustainability and the protection of the                                                                evolution of research systems, as well as of the
   environment, sustainable urban planning, energy                                                                 future developments in and across major research
   issues, the role of cities and metropolitan regions,   The citizen in the European Union
                                                                                                                   domains and scientific disciplines.
   and the socio-economic impact of European policy       Combining economic, social and environmental
   and legislation.                                       objectives in a European perspective in the context
                                                          of the future development of the enlarged EU,
   Major trends in society and their                      addressing the issues of achieving a sense of
   implications                                           democratic “ownership” and active and equal
                                                          participation by the peoples of Europe; effective
   Trends such as demographic change including            and democratic governance at all levels including
   ageing and its effects on pension systems,             economic governance including the role of civil




Other Themes and the Technology                                        On-line resources
Platforms (TP)                                                         - EU portal for research in Social sciences and Humanities
                                                                       http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/research/social-sciences/index_en.html
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at
European level, common strategic research agendas
(SRA). Although independent from the EC and not part of
FP7, these are considered as an important input in
preparing the detailed content of the Cooperation themes.
Researchers should follow or get involved in the TPs as
well as follow the developments of the other Cooperation
Themes. The latter will offer opportunities for academics in
the socio-economic sciences and the humanities (see other
tabs of the FP7 Fact Sheet).                                                                                                                        FP7 FACT SHEET




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Note that use may also be made of social platforms (yet to                                                                                               TAB
be established) to discuss future research agendas.
See the Technology Platform website at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms

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FP7 Cooperation, Theme Nine
Security and Space
Objective           To develop the technologies and knowledge for building capabilities needed to ensure the security of citizens from threats such as terrorism,
                    natural disasters, and crime, while respecting fundamental human rights and privacy; to ensure optimal and concerted use of available
                    technologies to the benefit of civil European security, and to stimulate the co-operation of providers and users for civil security solutions,
                    improving the competitiveness of the European security industry and delivering mission-orientated research results to reduce security gaps,
                    whilst ensuring transparency and accountability.
                    Supporting a European Space Programme focusing on applications such as GMES with benefits for citizens and for the competitiveness of
                    the European space industry. This will contribute to the development of a European Space Policy, complementing efforts by Member States
                    and by other key players, including the European Space Agency.

Summary of activities                  (based on the revised EC FP7 proposal 28th June 2006)

Security                                                 confidentiality and integrity of information and          in-situ, including ground-based, shipborne and
                                                         traceability of all transactions and processing.          airborne) and services.
Protection against terrorism and crime                   Increased integration and interoperability is a
 Delivering technology solutions for civil               priority in order for the Union to make full use of       Innovative satellite communication services,
 protection, including biosecurity and protection,       achievements in all areas mentioned above.                seamlessly integrated in the global electronic
 against risks arising from crime and terrorist                                                                    communication networks, for citizens and
 attacks.                                              Security and society                                        enterprises in application sectors encompassing
                                                        Mission orientated research which will focus on            civil protection, e-government, telemedicine, tele-
Security of infrastructures and utilities               analyses of the cultural, social, political and            education, search and rescue, tourism and
 Analysing and securing existing and future public      economic dimensions and consequences of                    leisure time, personal navigation, fleet
 and private critical/networked infrastructure (e.g.    terrorism and crime, the role of human values,             management, agriculture and forestry,
 in transport, energy, ICT), systems and services       policy making, scenario building and activities            meterology and generic users.
 (including financial and administrative services).     related to: psychology of terrorism and its social         Development of monitoring technologies and
                                                        environment, citizen’s perception of security,             systems for reducing the vulnerability of space-
Intelligence surveillance and border security
                                                        ethics, protection of privacy and societal foresight       based services and for contributing to the
  Focusing on technologies and capabilities to          and systematic risk analysis. Research will also
  enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of all                                                                  surveillance of space.
                                                        address technologies that better safeguard
  systems, equipment, tools and processes and           privacy and liberties, and will address                    Development of space-based systems for risk
  methods for rapid identification required for         vulnerabilities and new threats, as well as the            prevention and risk management and all kinds of
  improving the security of Europe’s land and           management and impact assessment of possible               emergencies, enhancing convergence with non-
  coastal borders, including border control and         consequences.                                              space systems.
  surveillance issues.
                                                       Security Research Co-ordination and structuring           Exploration of space
Restoring security and safety in case of crisis
                                                        Co-ordination of European and international               Maximisation of scientific added value through
 Focusing on technologies providing an overview         security research efforts and development of              synergies with the European Space Agency and
 of, and support for diverse emergency                  synergies between civil, security and defence             Member States; space agencies’ initiatives in the
 management operations (such as civil protection,       research, improvement of legal conditions, and            field of space exploration; facilitation of access to
 humanitarian aid, natural disasters and rescue         encouragement to the optimal use of existing              scientific data.
 tasks, support to CFSP), and on issues such as         infrastructures.
 inter-organisational co-ordination and                                                                            Coordination of efforts for the development of
 communication, distributed architectures and                                                                      space-borne telescopes and detectors as well as
 human factors.                                        Space                                                       for data analysis in space sciences.
The above four areas will be supported by the          Space-based applications at the service of the            RTD for strengthening space foundations
following themes of a more cross-cutting nature:       European Society
                                                                                                                  Space research and development for long-term
Security Systems Integration interconnectivity and      GMES: development of satellite-based and in-situ          needs including space transportation: research
interoperability                                        monitoring and early-warning systems, including           activities to increase the competitiveness and
                                                        for the safety of citizens, and techniques relating       cost-effectiveness of the European space
  Intelligence, information gathering and civil         to the management of the environment and
  security, focusing on technologies to enhance the                                                               technology sector.
                                                        security (including the management of natural
  interoperability of systems, equipment, services      disasters) and their integration with ground-              Space sciences including bio-medicine and life
  and processes, including law enforcement, fire-       based, ship-borne and airborne components;                 and physical sciences in space.
  fighting, civil defence and medical information       support to the integration, harmonisation, use and
  infrastructures, as well as on the reliability,       delivery of GMES data (both satellite-based and
  organisational aspects, protection of

The Technology Platforms (TP)                                   On-line resources
TPs bring together stakeholders with a view to defining, at     - EU Security Research Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/security/index_en.htm
European level, common strategic research agendas               - Security Research on Cordis: http://cordis.europa.eu/security/
(SRA). Although independent from the EC and not part of         - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen: http://ipsc.jrc.cec.eu.int/home.php
FP7, these are considered as an important input in              - EU Space portal: http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/index_en.html
preparing the detailed content of the Cooperation themes.
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involved in the following TPs:
      The European Space Technology Platform (ESTP)
      Integral Satellite Communications Initiative


See the Technology Platform website at:
                                                                                                                                                     Edited July 06 1
http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms
FP7 Ideas
The European Research Council
Objective           Through the European Research Council, the Ideas programme will enhance the dynamism, creativity and excellence of European research
                    at the frontier of knowledge. This will be done by supporting “investigator-driven” research projects carried out across all fields of science, by
                    individual teams in competition at the European level. Projects will be funded on the basis of proposals presented by researchers on
                    subjects of their choice and evaluated on the sole criterion of excellence as judged by peer review.


Summary of activities
 This action aims to respond to the most promising and productive areas                 Awards will be made and grants operated according to simple
 of research and the best opportunities for scientific and technological                procedures that maintain the focus on excellence, encourage initiative
 progress, within and across disciplines, including engineering and social              and combine flexibility with accountability.
 sciences and the humanities.
 It will offer support to the truly creative scientists, engineers and                      The ERC Starting Grant scheme would be introduced first followed
 scholars, whose curiosity and thirst for knowledge are most likely to                      shortly afterwards by the ERC Advanced Grant scheme.
 make the unpredictable and spectacular discoveries that can change the
 course of human understanding and open up new vistas for                               The Scientific Council will be paying particular attention to the potential
 technological progress and solving enduring social and environmental                   over-subscription for funds and the problems this may introduce, as well
 problems.                                                                              as to the articulation between the two funding schemes. Also, it will
 It will be implemented by a European Research Council (ERC), which                     evaluate the programme achievements, adjust mechanisms and
 consists of a scientific council and supported by a dedicated                          procedures as needed, and elaborate its scientific strategy as this is
 implementation structure. The ERC will have a unique position as a pan-                seen to be appropriate.
 European funding organisation designed to support the best science and                 By using competition on the basis of excellence at the European level,
 scholarship. It will operate at the highest level of ambition to generate              the ERC will aim to add value to other funding programmes such as
 the maximum benefit to European research from the activities it pursues.               those of national Research Funding Agencies (which are themselves
 Again, the fundamental principle for all ERC activities will be that of                very diverse in terms of goals, procedures and quality standards). The
 stimulating investigator-initiated frontier research, on the basis of                  ERC will also complement but not duplicate other research activities in
 excellence.                                                                            FP7 including the Marie Curie schemes(see Tab D of this Fact Sheet),
                                                                                        strategic basic research in support of Cooperation Themes (see Tab B
    ‘Frontier research’ reflects a new understanding of basic research.                 of this Fact Sheet), and support for European infrastructures (see Tab E
    On one hand it denotes that basic research in science and                           of this Fact Sheet).
    technology is of critical importance to economic and social welfare,
    and on the other that research at and beyond the frontiers of current               The ERC will aim to create leverage towards structural improvements in
    under-standing is an intrinsically risky venture, progressing on new                the research system of Europe. For example, since many grant winners
    and most challenging research areas and is characterised by an                      are likely to be working within universities, academies and similar
    absence of disciplinary boundaries.                                                 establishments, the ERC could have a strong incentive effect on these
                                                                                        organisations by:
 Two funding streams are envisaged for the duration of FP7 as follows:
                                                                                          • offering greater independence to early stage investigators as an
  • ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant scheme (ERC                                   investment in the next generation and towards enhancement and
    Starting Grant): the objective will be to provide adequate support to                   sustainability of the institutions’ research capacity;
    the independent careers of excellent researchers, located in or
    moving to the EU and associated countries, who are at the stage                       • setting quality benchmarks, allowing institutions better to judge
    of establishing their first research team or program, whatever their                    their research performance; and
    nationality.                                                                          • revealing in a bottom up manner the availability of top talent in
  • ERC Advanced Investigator Grant scheme (ERC Advanced Grant):                            various fields and emerging areas, and thus assisting the
    for projects led by Investigators at all subsequent career stages.                      institutions’ strategic thinking and priority setting
    ERC advanced grants can be submitted by individual teams and
    there will be no requirement for partnerships.




On-line resources
 - EU - Towards FP7 – Ideas: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ideas.htm
 - European Basic Research Policy Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/future/basic_research/index_en.html
 - Scientific Council of the European Research Council: http://ec.europa.eu/erc/index_en.cfm




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                                                                                                                                                      C
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Date(s) for the diary
 + ERC Launch Conference, February 2007 (t.b.a.): See: http://ec.europa.eu/erc/index_en.cfm?p=4_events



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FP7 People
The Marie Curie actions
Objective          Strengthening, quantitatively and qualitatively, the human potential in research and technology in Europe, by stimulating people to enter into
                   the researcher’s profession, encouraging European researchers to stay in Europe, and attracting to Europe researchers from the entire
                   world, making Europe more attractive to the best researchers. Building on the experiences with the “Marie Curie” actions under previous
                   Framework Programmes, this will be done by putting into place a coherent set of “Marie Curie” actions, particularly taking into account the
                   European added value in terms of their structuring effect on the European Research Area. These actions address researchers at all stages
                   of their careers, in the public and private sectors, from initial research training, specifically intended for young people, to life long learning
                   and career development.


Summary of activities
 The Marie Curie Actions are open to all domains of research and                       A co-funding mode with regional, national (e.g. UK Research Councils)
 technological development addressed under the EU Treaty. Research                     or international fellowship programmes will be developed too, on a
 fields are chosen freely by the applicants.                                           controlled scale initially (starting with 50 million euros). It is envisaged
                                                                                       that the co-funding mode will eventually replace the individual
                                                                                       fellowships by the end of FP7.
 Initial training of researchers – Marie Curie Networks
                                                                                       Industry-academia pathways and partnerships
 This is aimed to improve the career perspectives of researchers, in both
 public and private sectors, including through the broadening of their                 This is aimed to support long term co-operation programmes between
 scientific and generic skills, including those related to technology                  organisations from academia and industry i.e. private commercial
 transfer and entrepreneurship, and attracting more young people to                    enterprises, in particular SMEs and including traditional manufacturing
 scientific careers                                                                    industries.

 This will be implemented through the Marie Curie Networks.                            Projects will aim at stimulating intersectoral mobility and at increasing
                                                                                       knowledge sharing through joint research partnerships, supported by (i)
 Support is foreseen for the best early-stage researchers (i.e. PhD                    two-way staff secondments; (ii) recruitment of experienced researchers
 students or researchers with less than four years research experience,                from outside the partnership; (iii) the organisation of events.
 plus an additional year if necessary to complete initial training) to join
 established research teams, for which the mutual recognition of the                   Funding will cover salary costs of seconded researchers and recruited
 quality of the training will be required, while encouraging mutual                    experienced staff and in the case of SMEs, it will cover equipment costs.
 recognition of diplomas and other certificates issued in connection with
 the programme in question.                                                            International dimension – international fellowships
 Members of the trans-national networks shall exploit their                            This is aimed to increase the quality of European research by attracting
 complementary competencies through integrated training programmes.                    research talent from outside Europe and fostering mutually beneficial
 The involvement of industry i.e. private commercial enterprises will be               research collaboration with researchers from outside Europe.
 foreseen through either a presence on the training board of the
                                                                                       This will be addressed through (i) international outgoing fellowships (with
 networks, the offer of placement/stage opportunities and/or direct
                                                                                       an in-built mandatory return phase); (ii) international incoming
 provision of research training.
                                                                                       fellowships; (iii) international cooperation partnerships, in particular with
 In addition to the recruitment of early stage researchers, support will be            those countries the EU has a Scientific and Technology Agreement with,
 provided for the organisation of short training events also open to                   to support the short exchange of researchers.
 researchers outside the network, ‘Chairs’ and/or industry positions for
 knowledge transfer and supervision.                                                   Specific actions
                                                                                       This is aimed to support policy development and in particular:
 Life-long training and career development - Fellowships
                                                                                         • Mobility strategy: the creation of a genuine European labour market
 This is aimed to support the career development of experienced
                                                                                           for researchers, by removing obstacles to mobility and enhancing the
 researchers, with particular needs for additional/complementary
                                                                                           career perspectives of researchers in Europe.
 competences and skills and for researchers to resume a research career
 after a break and for (re)integrating researchers into a longer term                    • Enhancement of researchers’ careers and profession: measures for
 research position in Europe, including in their country of origin, after a                public institutions that promote mobility, quality and quantity of
 trans-national/international mobility experience.                                         researchers, where these measures clearly fulfill the criteria of
 This will be implemented through individual fellowships awarded directly                  distinct European added value, openness and transparency.
 at Community level.                                                                     • Public awareness: awards to improve the public awareness of Marie
                                                                                           Curie actions and their objectives will be provided.



On-line resources
 - Marie Curie Fellowship Association – FP7 MC actions: http://www.mariecurie.org/index.php?frame2=/fp7/MC_Actions_in_FP7.html
 - Towards FP7 People website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people.htm                                                                               FP7 FACT SHEET




                                                                                                                                                       D
 - Marie Curie in FP6: http://cordis.europa.eu/mariecurie-actions/                                                                                       TAB
 - European researcher mobility portal: http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers/index_en.cfm




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FP7 Capacities
Objective           Enhancing research and innovation capacities throughout Europe and ensure their optimal use.


Summary of activities
 Research infrastructures                                                               • Exchange know-how and experience through trans-national two-way
                                                                                          secondments of research staff.
 The aim is to optimize the use and development of the best research
 infrastructures existing in Europe, and helping to create in all fields of             • Recruitment by the selected centres of incoming experienced
 science and technology new research infrastructures of pan-European                      researchers for involvement in transfer of knowledge and/or in the
 interest. Activities which will be carried out in the whole field of science             training of researchers, including as a means to particularly
 and technology will include:                                                             encourage the return of nationals having left the country.
                                                                                        • Acquisition and development of research equipment for selected centers.
  • Support to existing research infrastructures through (i) integrating
                                                                                        • Organisation of workshops, conferences and short term training events.
    activities to structure better, on a European scale, the way research
    infrastructures operate in a given field and promote their coherent                 • Dissemination and promotional activities.
    use and development, in particular through trans-national access;                 Science in Society
    and (ii) research e-infrastructure.
  • Support to new research infrastructures through (i) construction of               The aim is to stimulate the harmonious integration of scientific and
    new infrastructures and major upgrades of existing ones focusing                  technological endeavour, and associated research policies in the
    mainly on preparatory phases to promote the emergence of new                      European social web. Activities will include:
    research facilities; and (ii0 design studies to promote the creation of             • Strengthening and improving European science system: improving the
    new research infrastructures by funding exploratory awards and                        use and monitoring the impact of scientific advice and expertise for
    feasibility studies for new infrastructures.                                          policy-making (including risk management); the future of scientific
 Research for the benefit of SMEs                                                         publications; measures to make scientific publications more accessible to
                                                                                          members of the public wishing to consult them; safeguards for scientific
 This aim is to support mainly low to medium tech SMEs with little or no                  domains open to misuse; and frauds, trust and “self regulation”.
 research capability or SME associations in need of outsourcing                         • Broader engagement of researchers and the public at large, including
 research to providers such as universities, research centers and                         organised civil society, on science-related questions, to anticipate and
 research intensive SMEs. Activities which can be carried out in the                      clarify political and societal issues, including ethical issues.
 entire field of science and technology with a bottom-up approach, and
 will include two schemes:                                                              • Reflection and debate on science and technology and their place in
                                                                                          society, drawing on disciplines such as history, sociology and philosophy
  • Research for SMEs: To support small groups of innovative SMEs to                      of science and technology.
    solve common or complementary technological problems                                • Gender research, including the integration of the gender dimension in all
  • Research for SME associations: To support SME associations and                        areas of research and the promotion of women in research and in
    SME groupings to develop technical solutions to problems common                       scientific decision-making bodies.
    to large numbers of SMEs in specific industrial sectors or segments                 • Creation of an open environment which triggers curiosity for science in
    of the value chain.                                                                   young people, by reinforcing science education at all levels including
 Regions of Knowledge                                                                     schools and promoting interest and full participation in science among
                                                                                          young people from all backgrounds.
 The overall aim is to strengthen the research potential of regions i.e.                • Strengthening the role of research based in universities and other higher
 bolster their capacity to invest in research and development, carry out                  education institutes and their engagement in the challenges of
 research activities, and integrate research stakeholders in regional                     globalisation.
 economies and vice versa.
                                                                                        • Improved intercommunication and mutual understanding between the
 It seeks to better understand the relationship between research and                      scientific world and the wider audience of policy-makers, the media and
 regional economic development, which is a prerequisite in order to                       the general public, by helping scientists better communicate and present
 define and implement optimal regional research policies and strategies.                  their work and by supporting scientific information, publications and
 In RoK, ‘Regions’ means any sub-national level. This could be for                        media.
 example: The Midlands, West Midlands, Shropshire, Shrewsbury, etc.
 Research-driven clusters are key operational features. Those would                   Activities of international cooperation
 bring together regional actors involved in research (universities,
 research centres, etc), industry and enterprises, and public authorities             This will include horizontal support and measures. Note that the theme-
 (regional councils or regional development agencies).                                oriented international cooperation activities will be carried out under the
                                                                                      “Cooperation” programme (see Tab B of this Fact Sheet) and the
 It will offer a platform for mutual learning and cooperation at European             international actions in the area of human potential are carried under the
 level.                                                                               “People” programme (see Tab D of this Fact Sheet).
 Research Potential                                                                   The focus will be on bi-regional S&T Cooperation including priority
                                                                                      setting and definition of S&T Cooperation policies; bilateral S&T
 The aim will be to stimulate the realisation of the full research potential
                                                                                      coordination platforms for the enhancement and development of S&T
 of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing the research
                                                                                      Cooperation Partnerships and supporting the co-ordination of national
 potential in the EU´s convergence regions and outermost regions, and
                                                                                      policies and activities on international S&T co-operation.
 helping to strengthen the capacities of their researchers to successfully
 participate in research activities at EU level. Activities will include:
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                                                                                                                                                    E
On-line resources                                                                                                                                     TAB
 - EU infrastructure website: http://cordis.europa.eu/infrastructures
 - European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures: http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/
 - EU research SME website: http://sme.cordis.lu/home/index.cfm
 - EU Science and Society Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/home_en.cfm
 - International Scientific Cooperation Activities website: http://cordis.europa.eu/inco/home_en.html
 - European Research Area (Regions of Knowledge): http://cordis.europa.eu/era/regions.htm                                                        Edited July 06 1
FP7 – Schemes, funding and rules
FP7 will not be vastly different from the previous Framework Programme. Incremental changes and adjustments are being made with the hope
that participation is made simpler and easier. Further details can be found below.

Minimum conditions for participation                                                   • Research for the benefit of specific groups (in particular SMEs): Support to
                                                                                         research and technological development projects where the bulk of the
Any natural persons can participate in FP7. In general, the minimum                      research is carried out by universities, research centres or other legal
requirement will be 3 independent participants from 3 different Member States            entities, for the benefit of specific groups, in particular SMEs or
(MS) or Associated countries (AC) i.e. countries that are not part of the EU but         associations of SMEs (see Tab E of this Fact Sheet).
which participate fully in FP7. Note that additional conditions can be set in the
Work Programme (WP – see explanation below) e.g. the number of                       Where different funding schemes can be used, mainly in the Cooperation
participants, place of establishment, etc.                                           programme and associated Themes (see Tab B of this Fact Sheet), the WP
                                                                                     may specify the funding scheme to be used for the topic on which proposals
Also, there will some specific conditions for the following activities:              are invited.
  • Frontier research projects (European Research Council): at least 1 legal
    entity established in a MS or AC.                                                Eligibility and financial contribution
  • Coordination and Support actions and actions under Marie Curie: minimum          Eligibility of organisations
    of 1 legal entity established in a MS or AC.
                                                                                     Organisations eligible for funding include all legal entities from MS and AC or
  • Collaborative projects addressing the participation of International
                                                                                     those created under Community law such as the Joint Research Councils;
    cooperation partner countries (INCO): minimum of 4 participants of which 2
                                                                                     International European interest organisations and legal entities established in
    in MS or AC and 2 in INCO countries, unless otherwise specified in the
                                                                                     international co-operation partner countries (INCO) can receive funding too.
    WP.
                                                                                     Other foreign organisations based in third countries can receive support (i) if
The EC has made it clear that there is no optimum size or rightly balanced
                                                                                     provided in the WP or (ii) essential for carrying out a project or (iii) provision for
partnership to participate in FP7. The only requirement is the minimum
                                                                                     funding is provided for in a bilateral agreement between the EC and the third
numbers set above and the effective delivery of the projects.
                                                                                     country.

What is a work programme (WP)?                                                       Cost model and forms of grants

WPs are plans drawn up by the EC for the implementation of the specific              The cost reporting models such as the FP6 Additional Costing model will not
programmes of FP7 such as Theme Health or Marie Curie. They comprise                 exist in FP7. The EC will make a contribution to project costs through either:
detailed descriptions of the activities (priorities, schemes used, evaluation
                                                                                       • Reimbursement of eligible costs (by eligible, the EC means actual costs,
procedures and criteria, deadlines, roadmaps) and are revised at least
                                                                                         incurred during the project, determined according to the usual accounting
annually. They provide all information necessary to launch calls for
                                                                                         and management principles and used solely to achieve the project
proposals.
                                                                                         objectives. Costs should be recorded in the accounts).
                                                                                       • Lump-sum financing.
Calls, submission and evaluation
                                                                                       • Flat rate financing.
Funding opportunities will always be published via calls for proposals with a
few exceptions such as appointment of independent experts and purchase of            Most funding schemes particularly at the beginning of FP7 will use the
goods and service.                                                                   reimbursement of eligible costs. The other two forms of grant will be used for
                                                                                     actions whose characteristics and objectives permit such as Networks of
The EC will standardise the two-stage submission and two-step evaluation             Excellence, Co-ordination, Support actions and some Marie Curie schemes.
process. Full electronic submission will be used. Pre-filled forms/pre-
registration using data from a central source will be available.                     Maximum funding rates (of eligible costs) for the various types of activities

Evaluation criteria will be established for the whole of FP7 with WPs setting          • Research and technological activities: 50% (75% for public bodies,
additional criteria as and when appropriate. The evaluation will follow                  secondary and HE establishments, non-profit research organisations, SMEs)
transparent, fair and impartial procedures with the help of independent                • Demonstration activities: 50%
experts. For the first time, the EC will include some procedures for redress.          • Other activities e.g. management: 100%
                                                                                       • European Research Council: 100%
Funding schemes                                                                        • Coordination and support actions: 100%
FP7 will be funded through a range of funding schemes, as follows:                     • Marie Curie actions: 100%
 • Collaborative projects - research projects carried out by consortia with          Intellectual Property provisions
   participants from different countries, aiming at developing new knowledge,
   new technology, products, demonstration activities or common resources            Each participant owns the foreground it generates. Foreground capable of
   for research. The size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary      industrial or commercial application must be protected.
   from field to field and from topic to topic. Projects can range from small or     The foreground must be used and disseminated
   medium-scale focused research actions to large-scale integrating projects         and notice of dissemination (including
   for achieving a defined objective.                                                publication) must be given to other participants
 • Networks of Excellence - Joint Programme of Activities implemented by a           (not the EC unless there is no protection).
   number of research organisations integrating their activities in a given field,   Publications and patent applications must
   carried out by research teams in the framework of longer term co-operation.       indicate Community financial assistance involved
 • Coordination and support actions - activities aimed at coordinating or            Further provisions on IPR can be found in the
   supporting research activities and policies (networking, exchanges, trans-        rules (see link below)
   national access to research infrastructures, studies, conferences, etc).
 • Support for “frontier” research: projects carried out by individual national or   On-line resources
                                                                                                                                                    FP7 FACT SHEET
   transnational research teams. This scheme will be used to support




                                                                                                                                                       F
                                                                                     Proposals for Rules of Participation and                            TAB
   investigator-driven “frontier” research projects funded by the European           Dissemination in FP7:
   Research Council (see Tab C of this Fact Sheet).                                  http://cordis.europa.eu/documents/documentlibra
 • Support for training and career development of researchers: used for the          ry/2620EN.pdf
   implementation of the Marie Curie actions (see Tab D of this Fact Sheet).

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