The European Commission has announced the final Seventh Framework Programme and the biggest calls for proposals for research. Within this call 8.1 billion Euros are put aside for projects that can boost European competitiveness and tackle societal challenges such as issues on human health, protecting the environment as well as urbanisation and managing waste. The funding – which is open to organisations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries - makes up the lion's share of the EU's proposed €10.8 billion research budget for 2013. See also the European Commission's Participant portal for more information on calls.