To analyse key issues affecting professional researchers an expert group on the research profession was set up in 2011. The collection of hard data as well as the identification and description of problems is improved through this expert group. A European framework for research careers was also introduced on the EURAXESS jobs portal. Typically careers in industry and academia are segregated. Now their generalities will be identified through this framework, which can also be used to self-categorise.
The 2011 launched pilot project, 'EU Prize for Women Innovators', aims to simultaneously boost public awareness of the potential and importance that women researchers have for entrepreneurship and encourage female scientists to become innovators themselves. The first round of winners received their awards at the first Innovation Convention on 5 December 2011. Every one of the shortlisted candidates highlighted the significant contribution FP7 funding made to the development of their work.