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Seventh Framework Programme 2007-2013

FP7 is the short name for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

This was the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe and it  was implemented from 2007-2013. FP7 was also designed to respond to Europe's employment needs, competitiveness and quality of life.

The programme had a total budget of over € 50 billion. FP7 played a pivtale role to respond to Europe's needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy.

FP7 was the result of years of consultation with the research community from both the public and private sectors, with economic actors, and with political decision makers in Europe. FP7 was both larger and more comprehensive than its predecessors. It was also more flexible, with simplified procedures.

The Framework Programmes for Research had two main strategic objectives:

to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry;

to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.

The Specific Programmes constituted the five major building blocks of FP7:

  • Cooperation
  • Ideas
  • People
  • Capacities
  • Nuclear Research

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