This new edition of the "Practical Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation" includes a full up-to-date picture of the sources of funding described in the initial Guide, published in 2008.
The European Union possesses five key funding opportunities to support research and innovation:
In 2007 the European Commission published its ideas on "Competitive European Regions through Research and Innovation" and called on Member States and regions to make more effective use of the available funding instruments.
The first edition of the Practical Guide was introduced in 2008 to provide a concise description of the main funding sources in the field of research and innovation.
It explained how they can be combined in practice and provided policy makers with advice on setting up mechanisms at the national and regional levels to foster co-ordinated access to them.
This new edition includes a full up-to-date picture of the three sources of funding described in the initial Guide (7th Research Framework Programme, Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and Structural Funds) completed by information on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and on the European Fisheries Fund.
It also focuses on additional funding opportunities in the field of research and innovation.
It includes information on the Lifelong learning programme and international cooperation in the field of education and on LIFE + in the field of the environment.
It also describes the research and innovation funding opportunities offered to countries and territories beyond the European Union, in the framework of Pre-accession Assistance and within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.