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Budget: €180 million (2007 - 2013)
More than 100 countries from all over the world are involved in EU Research Programmes. These activities will continue within the "Cooperation" programme of FP7, which covers the international cooperation actions in the 10 thematic areas and across themes. They will be implemented in coordination with the "Cooperation", "People" and "Capacities" programmes of FP7.
What's the benefit for citizens:
International research and development will contribute to the production of global public goods and help to close the gap between different countries in the world. There is already a significant body of scientific knowledge in the world improving the lives of those who live in developing countries as well as those of European citizens. Where possible, the Framework Programme will also contribute to meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2010.
What's the benefit for researchers:
The enhanced participation of researchers and research institutions from third world countries
applying the appropriate restrictions for security issues in order to respect the confidentiality
aspects within the thematic areas. They will be strongly encouraged to seize this opportunity -
be it through collaborative research or through fellowships.
What's the benefit for industry and SMEs:
International cooperation under FP7 will further integrate the EU into the worldwide community and thus help advance research and technology in those countries that are building their own knowledge capacity. These will, on one hand lead to enriching European research with the pool of knowledge generated around the world, while enhancing, on the other hand, the science and technology awareness and competence of societies and companies in developing countries.