The funding instrument for scientific research sponsored by the European Union is called a framework programme (FP). The current framework programme, which lasts from 2007 through 2013, is the seventh (FP7).
The approach regarding international cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme is significantly different from the approach under the 6th Framework Programme. This new approach aims to integrate international S&T collaboration throughout the Framework Programme and to enable both geographical and thematic targeting.
FP7 allows participation of legal entities established in third countries, provided that the minimum requirement for European participants is met. Short guidelines are available on proposal submission and negotiation focusing on third country participants.
Third country participants can be granted funding if at least one of the following conditions is satisfied:
• A provision is made to that effect in the relevant specific programme or work programme
• The funding is essential for carrying out the project
• Such funding is provided for in a bilateral scientific and technological agreement
To maximise impact, funding for international research activities is spread throughout the 7th Framework Programme, in particular in the thematic priorities of the Cooperation Programme.
The resources for international cooperation explicitly earmarked in the 7th Framework Programme are the activities fully dedicated to international cooperation under the Capacities Programme. No "ring-fencing" is provided for international cooperation elsewhere in the Framework Programme.
The People Programme meets the need to foster both incoming and outgoing international mobility of researchers.
The Ideas Programme supports excellence in frontier research and enables individual top international researchers to participate in Europe-led teams.
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