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Genetically Modified Food Crops: Safety first!
The Threat to the Potato
The Carotenoid Project:
Probiotics for Human Health
Improving Chicken Immunity
Removing Mercury from Water
Planning Forests for Climate Conservation
Stem cells from Cord Blood
Towards New Antibiotics
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What is the Framework Programme For Research?

The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) is the Union’s main instrument for the funding of research in Europe over the period 2003 - 2006.

The overall budget is €17.5 billion, representing an increase of 17% from the Fifth Framework Programme and making up 3.9% of the Union’s total budget (2001), and 6% of the Union’s public (civilian) research budget.

FP6 will be fully operational as of January 1, 2003. The biggest part of the FP budget will be spent on “focusing and integrating” future research activities on seven thematic priority areas:



Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health (€2 255 million)
Information society technologies (€3 625 m)
Nanotechnologies, multifunctional materials and new production processes (€1 300 m)
Aeronautics and space (€1 075 m)
Food quality and safety (€685 m)
Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems, including energy and transport research (€2 120 m)
Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society (€225 m)

TOTAL €11 285 million
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