FP7 - Structure 2007 - 2013

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What are the "Specific Programmes"?

In FP7 the Specific Programmes are:

  • Cooperation
  • Ideas
  • People
  • Capacities
  • Nuclear Research

The core of FP7, representing two thirds of the overall budget, is the Cooperation programme. It fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia. Research will be carried out in ten key thematic areas:

  • Health

  • Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology

  • Information and communication technologies

  • Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies

  • Energy

  • Environment (including climate change)

  • Transport (including aeronautics)

  • Socio-economic sciences and the humanities

  • Space

  • Security

  • Ideas

The new Ideas programme will support "frontier research" solely on the basis of scientific excellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. In contrast with the Cooperation programme, there is no obligation for cross-border partnerships. Projects are implemented by "individual teams" around a "principal investigator" who starts (2 - 10 years after PhD, special rules for women) or consolidates a scientific career. The programme is implemented via the new European Research Council (ERC).

The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and internationally. It is implemented via a set of specific actions (research nights, Marie Curie awards), providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build their skills and competences throughout their careers:

  • Marie Curie initial training networks (host-driven)

  • Industry-academia partnerships (host-driven)

  • Co-funding of regional, national and international mobility programmes (funding agencies)

  • Intra-European fellowships

  • International dimension - outgoing and incoming fellowships

  • International cooperation scheme, reintegration grants

  • Marie Curie Awards

The Capacities programme strengthens the research capacities that Europe needs if it is to become a thriving knowledge-based economy. It covers the following activities:

  • Research infrastructures

  • Research for the benefit of SMEs

  • Regions of knowledge

  • Research Potential

  • Science in Society

  • Specific activities of international cooperation