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Future European Union research policy

On 6 April the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU programme for Research. The proposal provides new impetus to increase Europe's growth and competitiveness, recognising that knowledge is Europe's greatest resource. The programme places greater emphasis than in the past on research that is relevant to the needs of European industry, to help it compete internationally, and develop its role as a world leader in certain sectors. The programme will also for the first time provide support for the best in European investigator-driven research, with the creation of a European Research Council. Focus will be on excellence throughout the programme, a requirement if it is to play its role in developing Europe's global competitiveness. Another priority will be to make participation in the programme simpler and easier, through measures addressing the procedures, plus a rationalisation of instruments In spite of this new approach, there are many elements of continuity: in practice, for the majority of participants, the programme itself will not change, but participation will become simpler.

For Overview on FP 7 Proposal, see Memo:
EU research - Building Knowledge Europe: The EU's new Research Framework Programme 2007-2013

For the latest press releases visit the research press centre

Key documents for FP 7

Follow the approval process for FP7 (EC and Euratom) through Prelex.

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last update: 27/02/06