Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Information and communications technology in FP7

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ICT research has a budget of 9.1 Billion € under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, covering the seven years from 2007 until 2013.
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FP7 Highlights

  • The objective of ICT research under FP7 is a) to improve the competitiveness of European industry and b) to enable Europe to address economic and social needs by mastering and shaping future developments in ICT.
  • FP7 research activities strengthen Europe’s scientific and technology base and foster its global leadership in ICT; they help drive and stimulate product, service and process innovation and creativity through ICT use; and they ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.
  • FP7 funding is mainly spent on grants to research actors across Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects. Grants are determined on the basis of calls for proposals and a peer review process, which is highly competitive.

In order to complement national research programmes, activities funded through FP7 must have a European added value. This is achieved through trans-nationality: these projects are carried out by consortia which include participants from different European (and other) countries.