The Fifth Framework Programme (FP5), with a budget of about 15 billion euros, provided a framework for European research with a five-year strategic plan. Its aim was to help EU companies meet the challenges of the 21st century, in addition, through research, to come up with answers to a wide range of issues that were important for European society, such as employment, health, environment, communications and mobility.
FP5 set out the priorities for the RTD activities for the period 1998-2002. These priorities had been identified on the basis of common criteria reflecting the major concerns of increasing industrial competitiveness and the quality of life for European citizens.
A major innovation of the Fifth Framework Programme was the concept of "Key actions", implemented within each of the four thematic programmes. A global budget of about 2.4 billion euros was dedicated to the "Quality of Life and management of living resources "programme, of which the biggest part for Health research.
> FP5 website on Europa
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