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For an easy-to-read introduction to FP7 in 21 languages, see the brochure, "FP7 - tomorrow's answers
start today", on Understanding the Seventh Framework Programme


Research and Innovation funding 2014-2020

FP7 was the European Union's Research and Innovation
funding programme for 2007-2013.
The current programme is Horizon 2020
but there are many projects funded under FP7 which are still running.

19 January 2016 – the Commission adopts ex-post evaluation of FP7

The Commission adopted today a package on the ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme. This consists of a Communication responding to the recommendations of an external High Level Expert Group and a Staff Working Document in which the Commission services have evaluated FP7 on the basis of the five evaluation criteria of the Better Regulation package (efficiency, effectiveness, coherence, relevance and EU added value).


Key facts and figures from the Seventh - and last - FP7 Monitoring Report


FP7: the future of European Union research policy (published 9 July 2012)

As part of a €10.8 billion budget for research and innovation agreed for 2013, the European Commission has announced an €8.1 billion euro package of calls for proposals under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). This is the final and largest ever package of FP7 calls, and is an important part of the Commission’s commitment to work for growth and jobs in Europe.

  • The budget and work programme are agreed in 2012 and funding will be awarded in 2013 – closing dates for proposals from September 2012.The calls address key concerns faced by Europeans where action at EU level is essential. €4.8 billion will be invested in thematic areas, with specific priorities to preserve oceans and water, better use of raw materials, efficient energy, promote efficiency in the processing of biological resources, develop smart cities and tackle issues such as public sector reform, brain research and anti-microbial resistance.
  • Making Europe a destination for world-class researchers is another key priority. The European Research Council will invest over €1.7 billion in the best researchers and additional €963 million will support mobility through “Marie Curie Actions”.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises, recognised as vital for innovation, are given special incentives to participate with a total package of €1.2 billion.

FP7: 2013 Calls for proposals

Find more at on the participants portal calls page (calls to be published on 10 July 2012)
and on the FP7 press page

25 August 2011

Statistics: Expenditure charts for 2007-2013
You can now find the expenditure (actual or planned, depending on the year) for each year of FP7 and each theme. You can see the change in expenditure for a given theme over the years and also compare the expenditure by theme for a given year. In addition, each chart links to a page describing the research area concerned. For the Capacities programme you can "drill down" to charts for each area of the programme by year and each year by area.

In case you haven't already seen them, there are also three country profile maps in the statistics section of the site showing success stories per country, numbers of participants and EU financial contribution.

19 July 2011

€7 billion boost for research and innovation will create jobs and growth

The Work Programme for 2012 with about €7 billion is the European Commission's biggest ever funding package under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). It is expected to create around 174 000 jobs in the short-term and nearly 450 000 jobs and nearly €80 billion in GDP growth over 15 years.

Grants will promote research to tackle the biggest societal challenges facing Europe and the world. Universities, research organisations and industry will be among more than 16.000 funding recipients. Special attention will be given to SMEs, including a package close to €1 billion. There will also be a new EU Prize for Women Innovators whose work has been funded by FP7 or earlier programmes.

Find out more about:

26 July 2010

Minisite: ERA-NET projects

Projects home page | Testimonials | Project list |  Videos |  News  

In this minisite you will find over 100 ERA-NET projects (with fact sheets and publishable summaries where available) which can be selected by keyword/domain and framework programme (FP6 and FP7), as well as the testimonials of several key people involved in ERA-NET.

Participant Portal

The Participant Portal will become your single entry point of interaction with the Research Directorates-General of the European Commission. It will host a full range of services that facilitate the monitoring and the management of your proposals and projects throughout their lifecycle.

What does it offer today?

  • You can register your organisation's data in the Unique Registration Facility (URF), avoiding redundant requests for information;

  • After registration you will receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC) that uniquely identifies your organisation.You can use it to maintain your organisation's details and monitor its status in the processes of electronic proposal submission and negotiation;

  • You can also check whether your organisation has already registered and if so, retrieve the PIC that has already been assigned;

  • The appointed representative of your organisation, called the LEAR (Legal Entity Appointed Representative) can provide and update relevant legal & financial data via the portal.

Funding guide available on CORDIS

This practical funding guide was conceived in order to help potential beneficiaries of our programmes find their way through the three funding instruments – Cohesion policy which is funded through the Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund; the Research Framework Programme and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme – and identify the most appropriate funding scheme for them. It provides a concise description of the three funding sources, explains how they can in practice be combined and provides policy makers with advice on setting up mechanisms at the national and regional levels to foster co-ordinated access to them.

FP7 - Legislation

The legislation for the 7th Framework Programme is subject to decisions by the European Parliament and Council. The Commission's proposals can be found here

FP7 - preparation of work programmes

The calls for proposals under FP7 will be set out in annual work programmes which will provide details about the topics, timings and implementation. The Commission is drawing on a wide range of inputs and advice for the preparations of these work programmes (see also the ERC site for the “Ideas” work programme):
European Technology Platforms: the “Cooperation” work programme will contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Research Agendas where these represent genuine European added value. Further information is available at the European Technology Platforms site.
Advisory Groups: a series of Advisory Groups have been established by the Commission in order to receive high-level, independent and pluralistic advice.
Strategy documents, events and consultations. A range of information about relevant strategies and events and consultations is available on the pages of each thematic area.

History of the preparation of FP7


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