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The support to NID research in the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will build on the advances of previous programmes but will have an increased focus on translation of research results into applications and products. The ambitious goal of the EC is to contribute to the long-term control of neglected infectious diseases.

To reach this goal, support will be provided to collaborative research projects for the development of new promising candidate vaccines, drugs and diagnostics, as well as to research on implementation, health systems and disease control.

In all activities, participation of researchers and stakeholders from disease-endemic countries is essential. Participation of industry partners, particularly from small and medium-sized biotech enterprises will also be encouraged, wherever relevant.