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For an easy-to-read introduction to FP7 in 21 languages, see the brochure, "FP7 - tomorrow's answers
start today", on Understanding the Seventh Framework Programme


FP7 was the European Union's Research and Innovation
funding programme for 2007-2013.
The current programme is Horizon 2020
but there are many projects funded under FP7 which are still running.

Coordination of Research Activities


The objective of Community actions in this field is to help structure the European Research Area.
These actions aim to reduce the fragmentation of the European Research Area resulting from the coexistence of several national and regional public research programmes by favouring actions supported together by several Member States and the Commission (such as joint calls, joint programmes, etc.).


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The objective of the ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research programmes through two specific actions:

  • 'ERA-NET actions' - which provide a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to coordinate their activities. This will include support for new ERA-NETs as well as for the broadening and deepening of the scope of ERA-NET actions initiated through FP6, e.g. by extending their partnership, as well as opening mutually their programmes... read more
  • 'ERA-NET Plus actions' - in a limited number of cases with high European added value, additional EU financial support can be provided to facilitate joint calls for proposals between national and/or regional programmes... read more

ERA-NET actions

In this minisite you will find over 100 ERA-NET projects (with fact sheets and publishable summaries where available) which can be selected by keyword/domain and framework programme (FP6 and FP7), as well as the testimonials of several key people involved in ERA-NET.

2. Article 185 Initiatives

Here, the Community will participate in programmes implemented jointly by several Member States on the basis of Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) [ex Article 169 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC)]. This is especially relevant to European cooperation on a large scale in "variable geometry" between Member States showing overlapping interests and commitments. In well identified cases, such Article 185 initiatives will be launched in areas identified in close association with the Member States, including the possible cooperation with intergovernmental programmes, on the basis of the criteria defined in the Seventh Framework Programme decision... read more about Article 185 on CORDIS

Public research programmes only correspond to some 50% of research activities undertaken in the European Union.

3. Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs)

Framework Programme 7 will also support initiatives aiming at integrating private and public research efforts. For a very limited number of European Technology Platforms, the scope and ambition of their strategic research agendas and the resources involved justify setting up long-term public private partnerships in the form of Joint Technology Initiatives

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