Re$earch Re$ources: The 7th Framework Programme’s Last Call

Eight Billion Euro Research Call Now Open for Proposals

bridges vol. 34, July 2012 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

FP7The European Commission announced on July 9th, 2012, the biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Program (FP7), with a total of 8.1 billion euros allocated for projects and ideas that should boost Europe's competitiveness and tackle issues such as environmental protection and waste management. The funding is open to organizations and businesses in EU Member States and partner countries such as the United States.


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For further information and to apply, please visit the FP7 Participant Portal.

The calls target both innovation and a range of societal challenges, building a bridge to Horizon 2020, the next funding program for EU research from 2014-2020. In total €4.8 billion is dedicated to thematic research priorities.

Industrial innovation will be supported through close-to-market activities such as piloting, demonstration, standardization and technology transfer. Special attention will be given to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in a package worth up to €1.2 billion. Around €2.7 billion will help cement Europe's place as a world class destination for researchers, mainly through individual grants from the European Research Council (€1.75 billion), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (€963 million) for research training and mobility.

Innovative thematic research priorities in this FP7 call include: around €155 million for "Oceans of the future", to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors; around €365 million for technologies that will transform urban areas into sustainable "Smart Cities and Communities"; some €147 million to combat the rise of drug-resistant bacteria; and nearly €100 million dedicated to innovative solutions for managing fresh water resources.

The calls also support the Digital Agenda's ICT research funding targets, with almost €1.5 billion going to the thematic area of information and communication technologies.

To help spread excellent research more widely, a new "European Research Area Chairs" initiative is being prepared. A €12 million pilot call will select a total of five ERA Chairs, to be hosted by universities or other eligible research institutions in less developed regions in five different EU countries. To host an ERA Chair, institutions must demonstrate their ability to support excellence through providing the necessary facilities and complying with European Research Area principles such as open recruitment.

About the FP7 Framework Programme

The FP7 framework programme, launched in 2007, has a total budget of €55 billion for research and innovation. It has so far supported some 19,000 projects involving over 79,000 participants (universities, research organizations and businesses) across all EU Member States, with a total EU investment so far of €25.3 billion. By 2013 it is estimated that FP7 will also have directly supported some 55,000 individual researchers' careers.

For further information:

FP7: http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/fp7

Innovation Union: http://ec.europa.eu/innovation-union

Europe 2020: http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020

Horizon 2020: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm

Digital Agenda: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda

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