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Commission launches first FP7 calls for proposals

The first call for proposals under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) have been launched. Research on Transport (including Aeronautics), will be funded under the specific programme on 'Co-operation'.

FP7 allocates €32.413 billion to the Co-operation programme, supporting co-operative research among universities, industry, research centres and public authorities throughout the EU and beyond. ‘Co-operation’ is sub-divided into ten themes, one of which is ‘Transport (including Aeronautics)’.

Transport research objectives

The central objective of transport research under FP7 is to develop safer, ’greener‘ and ’smarter‘ pan-European transport systems that will benefit all citizens, respect the environment, and increase the competitiveness of European industries in the global market.

For more general information on the Seventh Framework Programme, see the European Commission’s FP7 webpage.

What will be funded?

Under the Transport theme, emphasis will be placed on the following activities:

Aeronautics and air transport

  • Reduction of emissions, work on engines and alternative fuels
  • Air traffic management, safety aspects of air transport
  • Environmentally efficient aviation

Surface transport (rail, road and waterborne)

  • Development of clean and efficient engines and power trains
  • Reducing the impact of transport on climate change
  • Inter-modal regional and national transport
  • Clean and safe vehicles
  • Infrastructure construction and maintenance, integrative architectures

The European global satellite navigation system

  • Galileo and EGNOS
  • Navigation and timing services
  • Efficient use of satellite navigation

In addition, a new concept, the ‘Joint Technology Initiative’ (JTI), will be one of the major novelties of the Seventh Framework Programme. This instrument will serve to support research of long duration, bringing together EU-funded projects and major industrial stakeholders to move important technologies closer to market, ensuring the highest level of European competitiveness.


The budget for Transport (including Aeronautics) under FP7 is €4.160 billion. There will be five calls for proposals, (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012). The budget for the first call includes €196.61 million for Surface Transport and €218.41 million for Aeronautics. An additional € 800 millions has been set aside for the new 'Clean Sky' Joint Technology Initiative.

Calls are announced in the Official Journal of the European Unionexternal link and on CORDIS Newsexternal link. The key documents relating to a call are the work programme and the guide for applicants. These and other useful sources of information are available on CORDIS as soon as a call is published. Calls are published on the CORDIS FP7 calls pageexternal link. Users can also set up a CORDIS Rapidusexternal link profile to receive e-mail alerts informing them of new calls.

What is CORDIS?

CORDIS is the Community Research and Development Information Service. The CORDIS FP7 websiteexternal link provides details on how to participate, including the latest information on calls for proposals and all associated documentation under the current Framework Programme.

The first call will close end of May 2007.

FP7 Energy and Transport ‘Information Days’

The European Commission Directorates-General for Research and for Energy and Transport will hold joint ‘Information Days’ on 13 and 14 February 2007. The aim is to support the preparation of proposals in response to the First Calls for Proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) The event will take place in the Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels.

To register for this event, please visit the FP7 Energy and Transport ‘Information Days’ websiteexternal link.