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FP7 was the European Union's Research and Innovation
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We need highly trained and qualified researchers in order to improve the well-being of our citizens and increase economic growth.
What's the benefit for citizens:
In order to compete globally we need more people to follow a career in research and to then
provide them with the foundations for an open labour market. Therefore, Europe must be
transformed into an attractive continent that supports innovation, knowledge creation and
encourages researchers to stay.
During FP7 a series of EU research funded actions will support the on-going training, research and mobility of highly qualified scientists within Europe and the rest of the world. By meeting the above objectives, we will encourage the proliferation of centres of excellence in the EU and their contribution in new areas of research and technology.
What's the benefit for researchers:
Building on the successful experience of the Marie Curie actions, the People programme will improve the human potential in European research and development by covering all stages of a researcher's professional life from initial training to lifelong learning and career development.
The following types of actions are planned during FP7:
What's the benefit for industry and SMEs:
The participation of industry and SMEs is foreseen through all Marie Curie actions. Industry involvement will be strongly supported through actions directed at the initial training of researchers. In parallel another action will aim to build long term cooperation between academia, industry and SMEs. The objective is to stimulate mobility between sectors and increase knowledge sharing through joint research partnerships. The recruitment of experienced researchers to the partnership will be reinforced by staff secondments between sectors, and through the organisation of events.