What is FP7?

The Framework Programme (FP) is the European Union's main instrument for funding research and development. The FP is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by Council and the European Parliament following a co-decision procedure. FPs have been implemented since 1984 and cover a period of five years with the last year of one FP and the first year of the following FP overlapping. The current FP is FP6, which will be running up to the end of 2006.

It has been proposed for FP7, however, to run for seven years. It will be fully operational as of 1 January 2007 and will expire in 2013. It is designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe.

In the Commission's proposals for the Seventh Framework Programme to the European Parliament and the Council of 6 April 2005, the Commission proposed that the maximum overall amount for Community financial participation in the EC Seventh Framework Programme should be EUR 72 726 million for the period 2007 - 2013. For nuclear research and training activities carried out under the Euratom treaty EUR 3092 million are foreseen for 2007-2011.

On the basis of the first results of the debate on the present proposals, the Commission presented proposals for the Specific Programmes and for the "Rules for Participation" in the Framework Programme to the Council and the European Parliament in the second half of 2005. The key milestones towards FP7 are explained in the FP7 roadmap section.

For further information, please visit:
European Commission FP7 Home

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