Science at the service of Europe


Research at the frontiers of knowledge

Curiosity leads to discoveries, and creativity to inventions. Most researchers possess these two qualities which enable them to acquire, investigate and generate knowledge.

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A research environment which fosters unconventional thinking can produce new ideas and trains of thought to be investigated. Research generates new knowledge which does not necessarily have to be transferred into immediate practical or commercial applications.

The advancement of scientific knowledge and the understanding of the fundamental principles that rule man and matter can solve the challenges that our societies face and can lead to new technologies which could eventually create commercial as well as social benefits for all.

Basic or fundamental research has traditionally been publicly funded by Member States and carried out in universities. The ‘Ideas’ programme in FP7 supports pioneering frontier research solely on the basis of scientific excellence and on the understanding that the best researchers are well placed to identify new opportunities and directions to follow at the frontiers of knowledge.