Navigation path

Themes
Agriculture & food
Energy
Environment
ERA-NET
Health & life sciences
Human resources & mobility
Industrial research
Information society
Innovation
International cooperation
Nanotechnology
Pure sciences
Research infrastructures
Research policy
  Current framework programme
  Economic development and cohesion
  Enlargement
  European Research Area
  Past framework programmes
  Regional dimension of innovation
  Scientific support to policies
  Sixth Framework Programme
  Other
Science & business
Science in society
Security
SMEs
Social sciences and humanities
Space
Special Collections
Transport

Countries
Countries
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Finland
  France
  Georgia
  Germany
  Ghana
  Greece
  Hungary
  Iceland
  India
  Ireland
  Israel
  Italy
  Japan
  Kazakhstan
  Kenya
  Korea
  Latvia
  Lithuania
  Luxembourg
  Macedonia - former Yugoslav Republic
  Malta
  Mexico
  Montenegro
  Morocco
  Namibia
  Netherlands
  Nigeria
  Norway
  Peru
  Poland
  Portugal
  Romania
  Russia
  Senegal
  Serbia
  Slovakia
  Slovenia
  South Africa
  Spain
  Swaziland
  Sweden
  Switzerland
  Taiwan
  Tunisia
  Turkey
  Ukraine
  United Kingdom
  United States


This page was published on 06/07/2005
Published: 06/07/2005

   Research policy

Last Update: 06-07-2005  
Related category(ies):
Innovation  |  Research policy

 

Add to PDF "basket"

UK presidency launches R&D portal with FP7 as top priority

At an important juncture for EU research policy, this month saw the inauguration of the UK Presidency's R&D and innovation portal. Top billing on the Union's research agenda during Britain's six-month stint at the helm goes to the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).

The UK Presidency will focus on fleshing out FP7. © European Commission
The UK Presidency will focus on fleshing out FP7.
© European Commission
The United Kingdom took over the Union's rotating presidency from Luxembourg on 1 July 2005 and will hold it for the coming six months, until the end of December. “We will look to deliver progress across the EU agenda by running an effective, impartial and business-like EU Presidency,” said the UK's Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Science and Innovation David Sainsbury.

On the science and technology front, Lord Sainsbury noted that: “The agenda on research and innovation during the UK Presidency will be dominated by negotiations on FP7 for supporting research and technological development, which is due to run from 2007-2013.”

The Commission's proposal for FP7 was launched during the Luxembourg presidency, which has mediated the initial discussion among Member States. According to the proposal, FP7 is set to become bigger and more ambitious than its predecessor, the current FP6 (2002-2006).

If given the green light by Member States, FP7 will have nearly €65 billion at its disposal. The proposed budget is double the current annual spending in FP6.

FP7 revolves around four specific programmes: co-operation, ideas, people and capacities; and nine themes. It places more of an emphasis on research that enhances European competitiveness – through technology platforms and other public-private partnerships – and on themes rather than instruments. FP7 would represent a tenth of total public R&D spending across the EU, and should help inch the Union closer to its target of investing 3% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in research.

Also on the UK's research and innovation agenda is the proposed Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Space Programme (ESP).

Window on research
The UK Presidency's R&D and Innovation Information Service – which came on-line on 1 July with the hand-over of the EU presidency – was developed jointly by the UK's Department of Trade and Industry and CORDIS, one of the EU's research and innovation information services.

It will provide a window on the UK presidency's efforts in this field of vital importance to European competitiveness and prosperity. Visitors will be able to read the latest news and press releases, and find out about R&D and innovation events across Europe.

The website also provides insight into the Presidency's research and innovation priorities, as well as the UK's own R&D and innovation policies. This portal also contains a wealth of links to other important web resources, both at national and Union level.

The European Commission is also organising a number of R&D-related events over the next six months, including a major conference on the knowledge-based bio-economy on 15-16 September 2005, and an international conference on communicating European research on 14-15 November 2005.

EU

Convert article(s) to PDF

No article selected


loading


Search articles

Notes:
To restrict search results to articles in the Information Centre, i.e. this site, use this search box rather than the one at the top of the page.

After searching, you can expand the results to include the whole Research and Innovation web site, or another section of it, or all Europa, afterwards without searching again.

Please note that new content may take a few days to be indexed by the search engine and therefore to appear in the results.

Print Version
Share this article
See also

The UK Presidency's R&D and Innovation Information Service

FP7

The Knowledge-based Bio-economy

Communicating European Research 2005


Contacts
Research Contacts page
  Top   Research Information Center