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
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’
- The initial training of researchers and the attraction of young
people to research careers
- The life-long training and career development of experienced
- 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