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Seventh Framework Programme draws on ‘people power’

Researchers and their careers are at the heart of the Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which proposes a doubling of funding for EU-backed research. The dedicated ‘People’ programme will seek to make Europe more attractive to researchers worldwide.

If given the green light by Member States and the European Parliament, FP7 (2007-2013) is set to become the Union’s most ambitious ever Framework Programme, with an overall budget of nearly €65 billion, which is double the current annual spending in FP6 (2002-2006). It revolves around four specific programmes: Co-operation, Ideas, People and Capacities.

By dedicating a specific programme to ‘People’, the Commission underscores the growing importance of human resources in research and technology as a dynamo for scientific excellence and economic growth.

The ‘People’ programme will strengthen, both quantitatively and qualitatively, Europe’s human potential in research and technology. It will do this by inspiring more young people to take up research professions, encouraging European researchers to stay in Europe and widening their skills base, as well as attracting the world’s best research talent to European shores.

Comprehensive career mobility package

The ‘People’ programme will establish a coherent set of Marie Curie Actions – which began life purely as mobility fellowships but are now becoming comprehensive research career development tools – addressing researchers at all stages of their professional lives, from early-stage research training to lifelong training opportunities.

The Marie Curie Actions will focus, more than ever, on a stronger involvement of enterprises, the reinforcement of the international dimension and on a greater structuring effect throughout Europe on the training, career development and knowledge sharing.

The main lines of the Marie Curie Actions under the ‘People’ programme are:

  • The initial training of researchers and the attraction of young people to research careers
  • The life-long training and career development of experienced researchers
  • Creating dynamic pathways for knowledge sharing between public research organisations and enterprises, and a greater involvement of enterprises in EU-backed career development efforts
  • Fostering the international dimension in research training and strengthening international co-operation through researchers
  • Measures, including awards, in support of the creation of a genuine European labour market for researchers

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last update: 07-10-2005