Towards the new EU Research Framework Programme 2007-2013


Janez Poto?nik, Member of the European Commission Responsible for Science and Research


Commission’s proposal for the 7th EU Research Framework Programme 2007-2013


Thursday, 7 April 2005, press conference at 12:15


European Commission press room, Berlaymont building,
Rue de la Loi,
1040 Brussels

The European Commission should adopt on 6 April 2005 its proposal for the EU??s 7th Research Framework Programme 2007-2013. This will launch the co-decision procedure for the adoption by the Council and the European Parliament.

Research is at the heart of the Lisbon agenda for growth and competitiveness. Together with education and innovation, they make up the ?´knowledge triangle??. Hence the Commission has put forward an ambitious proposal for the new EU research Framework Programme. It proposes a significant increase in funds available for research and development, creates a European Research Council and seeks to streamline instruments and procedures.

The 7th Framework Programme will be organised in four specific programmes:

Support will be given to research activities carried out in trans-national cooperation, from collaborative projects and networks to the coordination of national research programmes.

An autonomous European Research Council will be created to support ?¨frontier (basic) research?Æ carried out by individual teams competing at European level, in all scientific and technological fields, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities.

Activities supporting individual researchers, referred to as Marie Curie actions, will be reinforced with the aim of strengthening the human potential of European research through support to training, mobility and the development of European research careers.

Activities will be supported to enhance research and innovation capacity throughout Europe:: research infrastructures; regional research driven clusters; stimulating the research potential in the EU’s convergence regions; research for and by SMEs; science in society issues; international co-operation.

For additional information on the 7th Framework Programme

Author: EARSC

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