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Q: What are the different funding schemes available under ‘Socio-economic sciences and the Humanities’?
A: Three funding schemes are available under the 2007 "Socio-economic sciences and the Humanities" Work programme
1) Collaborative projects
Support for research projects carried out by consortia with participants from different countries, aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology, products, demonstration activities or common resources for research. The size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary from field to field and from topic to topic. Projects can range from small or medium-scale focused research actions to large-scale integrating projects for achieving a defined objective.
a) Collaborative research projects (large-scale integrating projects)
- Set of defined, integrated, differentiated activities and covering a range of aspects, which can stand alone or can be used in combination:
- Objective-driven research and development within a clear defined scientific envelop, addressing a range of different disciplines. Significant advancement in the current State of the Art is expected.
- Tackling multiple issues and directed to achieve specific deliverables
- Large degree of autonomy of consortia both at work programme and partnership (all kind of stakeholder) level
- Updating and/or re-formulation of the work plan where when appropriate can be expected
b) Collaborative projects (small-medium focused projects)
• Targeted to specific objectives:
• research and development to generate new knowledge, improve European competitiveness or address major societal needs;
• Clear focus and approach at project level
• Overall work plan clearly fixed for the whole project life
• Major deliverables planned in detail
• No changes expected in work plan and deliverables
• Adequate project management
• Management of the knowledge produced (protection, exploitation, dissemination)
2. Research for the benefit of specific groups (such as civil society organisations-CSO)
The funding scheme supports research and technological development projects where the bulk of the research is carried out by RTD performers for the benefit of specific groups, defined as civil society organisations and their networks (CSO) in this Work Programme. Research for CSO aims to develop scientific knowledge related to CSO activities in order to contribute to public debate.
3. Coordination and Support Actions
Coordination and support actions, which also include two types of projects:
a) Coordination and support actions (Coordinating) aiming at co-ordinating research programmes or policies. These are carried out by consortia and concentrate their support to networking activities.
b) Coordination and support actions (Support) aiming at supporting research programmes or policies, which can be carried out by individual organisations and which tend to be small-scale focussed activities with very specific, important roles in the implementation of the programme.
FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) , Social Sciences and Humanities