The Seventh Framework Programme in Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) started in 2007 and will end in 2014 being replaced by Horizon 2020.
It was conceived to create a strong and competitive Bioeconomy and to offer solutions to challenges facing Europe and the world, such as the increasing competition for natural resources, its impact on the planet, the effects of climate change and the need to provide a sustainable, safe and secure food supply for an increasing population while ensuring optimal use of renewable biological resources.
Our research funding under FP7 brings together science, industry and other stakeholders to exploit new and emerging research opportunities in the following areas:
Food research looks into maintaining an affordable, safe, healthy and nutritious food supply in the face of changing demographics: a growing world population and increasing urbanisation.
Agriculture and Fisheries addresses the pressures on natural resources, such as the decline in fossil fuels and the depletion of fish stocks. Research under these areas also seeks to fight climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the adaptation of the agricultural sector accordingly.
Another global challenge is animal health and the control of infectious diseases and zoonoses (infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans). Furthermore, research into plant health, and sustainable, competitive, multifunctional agriculture and rural development, including forestry, provides support for a number of EU policies.
Biotechnology and biochemistry contribute to sustainable non-food products and processes. Our research deals with renewable energy demands, waste reduction and bio-based products and processes for the ‘greening’ of our industries. It also looks into emerging trends in biotechnology, such as synthetic biology.
Under FP7, all our research supports EU policies in agriculture, fisheries, development, environment, health and other sectors and, in particular, policies involved in the European economic recovery. It therefore forms an integral part of the Europe 2020 strategy.
Our research in FAFB is very well suited to promoting innovation in Europe, because of its strong industrial participation.
Recognising the potential of small and medium-sized enterprises in the European research landscape, tailor-made measures were put in place to support their participation in our research projects.
Our FP7 EU-funded research projects typically include scientists from different European and Associated Countries, and research partners from other parts of the world. The global issues we address need international cooperation, and participation from scientists across the world is welcome and actively encouraged.
We are proud of the large number of very successful projects undertaken in previous Research Framework Programmes. We make special efforts to communicate the relevance of their results to potential beneficiaries, scientists, industry - in particular SMEs - policy-makers and all other stakeholders, including young people.