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The Framework Programme for Research and Technology (FP7) was the main research funding stream in the European Union from 2007 until 2013, with a €54 billion budget, a 60% increase over FP6.

FP7 operates through several funding mechanisms. Work programmes determined particular funding schemes to be used for the topic on which proposals are invited.

The Framework consisted of the following six component parts or programmes:

  • Cooperation: supporting international collaborative research in 10 thematic priority areas
  • Ideas: funding fundamental frontier research through the European Research Council
  • People: supporting human potential and research mobility (Marie Curie schemes)
  • Capacities: funding Research and Development (R&D) efforts with the regional focus, Small and Medium size Enterprises (SME) collaborative research, access to research infrastructures, science in society, and specific international research collaborations
  • Euratom: addressing the major issues and challenges in nuclear research
  • Joint Research Centre: a research arm of the European Commission, providing customer-driven scientific and technical support to the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies

EC Framework Programme 7 Financial Overview presentation

For further information on how FP7 funding works, please read the following presentation: