The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) was established in 2002 and ran until the end of 2006. Its budget to support European cross-border and international research cooperation amounted to €19 billion which, at that time, accounted for approximately 4 % of Member States’ public research budgets.
EU funding in 2009
FP6 supported over 10 000 projects in the context of 213 calls for proposals, and 4 500 researchers were given the opportunity to move to other institutions or countries to enhance their career prospects in the framework of Marie Curie actions.
Overall, the high quality of FP6 research in the various research areas produced some very good results. The following project examples and their results illustrate the impact of FP6 research. The PROMEMORIA project studied the role that neuronal molecules play in learning and memory, with the aim of developing compounds that have a beneficial effect on diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Three of the molecules developed during the course of the project were successfully tested in phase I clinical trials. The project filed 31 patents, 18 of which have already been published. The knowledge acquired led to the creation of two new companies that develop compounds for the treatment of inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. In the field of industrial technologies, the TUNCONSTRUCT project addressed multifaceted aspects of innovation in underground construction. Its results will lead to reduced construction times and costs of planned and future underground infrastructures and will form a firm base for future decision-making. Furthermore, the project also addressed the optimisation of equipment performance under changing geological conditions, which has led to eight patents and several prototypes.