Apart from implementing the current Framework Programme, the EU's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has the task of bringing projects selected for funding under previous FPs to a successful conclusion. DG RTD also oversees projects which have suffered delays or which have not been concluded on schedule. Efforts are made to get these projects back on track, to secure their successful conclusion and the delivery and dissemination of results.
EU funding in 2012
€ 246.47 million
In 2012 special effort was made to disseminate results with encouraging outcomes. Particular mention should be made of the Marie Curie Actions (MCAs) under FP6. As acknowledged in the ERA Communication, MCAs make a significant contribution to the development of the ERA through facilitating the mobility of researchers. In 2012, as well as producing two publications, a very successful TEDx format dissemination event was held on the scientific achievements of some of the funded projects. It proved to be a very effective way to communicate the contribution of researchers to the general public. Such an approach helps explain how public funds are used by the research community when funded through the FP.
By the end of 2012, 73% of FP6 Marie Curie project results were published in the CORDIS database (an interactive information portal to support European Research and Innovation cooperation), a marked increase from the 47% registered in the previous year.