- The New EU Framework Research Programme "Horizon 2020"
- The 7th EU Framework Research Programme
- Further EU Funding Programmes (in Addition to the 7th Framework Research Programme)
- Main Information Sources
- Further Information
The New EU Framework Research Programme "Horizon 2020"
The new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” will start on January 1st, 2014, will run for seven years and is endowed with a budget of approx. 70 billion Euros. The programme owes its name to the EU growth strategy “Europe 2020” to which it should contribute. Horizon 2020 for the first time merges the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), the European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The various funding measures for research and innovation are subdivided into three pillars:
I. Excellent Science
The first pillar – Excellent Research – encompasses the ERC grants, the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MCSA) as well as the funding of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).
II. Industrial Leadership
In the second pillar – Industrial Leadership – research and development measures in key technologies (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, LEIT), access to risk finance, and support of innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) are funded.
III. Societal Challenges
The third pillar – Societal Challenges – funds collaborative projects in the seven thematic areas Health, Food, Energy, Transport, Climate, Science and Security.
Activities in the areas of “Widening Participation”, “Science with and for Society”, “Joint Research Center” (JRC) and the EIT form separate programmes beyond the three pillars in “Horizon 2020”.
For further information on "Horizon 2020" see the following websites:
- “Horizon 2020” on the website of the European Commission
- “Horizon 2020” on the website of the EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)
General Information on the 7th EU Framework Research Programme
The EU Framework Research Programme (FRP) is the world's largest funding programme for research projects, with a duration of several years in each case. The current framework research programme (FP7) will run from 2007 to 2013 with a total funding volume of EUR 54.4 billion.
FP7 is divided into four specific programmes:
I. Cooperation (32.4 bn €)
The specific Cooperation programme is the main pillar of FP7 and funds cross-border collaborative projects between universities, industry and research centers. The research themes are defined as:
2. Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
3. Information and Communication Technologies
4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies
6. Environment (including Climate Change)
7. Transport (including Aeronautics)
8. Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
II. Capacities (4.1 bn €)
The specific Capacities programme serves to improve framework conditions for research and innovation within Europe. It ensures that optimum use is made of areas including research infrastructure and research in collaboration with SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) by providing targeted funding.
In contrast to collaborative research, the two European individual research funding programmes are structured along "bottom-up" principles. Research themes are not pre-specified, but are defined in applications for individual research projects.
III. Ideas (7,5 bn €)
A new addition to FP7, this programme is aimed at funding top research academics working – or intending to work – at a European research institution. The research council for this programme, European Research Council (ERC), focuses on funding innovative fundamental research. The ERC offers two funding programmes: the ERC Starting Grant, to support academic independence for outstanding researchers 2-8 years after gaining their doctorate, and the ERC Advanced Grant for outstanding established researchers with ambitious research projects.
IV. People (4.7 bn €)
The Marie Curie Actions scheme provides support for the careers of young academics by assisting mobility. In addition to individual mobility support via Intra-European Fellowships, Incoming Fellowships (from non-European countries) and Outgoing Fellowships (to non-European countries), the scheme offers Training Networks. Early Stage Training Networks provide structured funding for graduate students within an international network with the participation of industry organizations. Industry-Academia Partnerships support the exchange of researchers between industry and academia.
General Information on Further EU Funding Programmes (in Addition to the 7th Framework Research Programme)
- European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
- Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE+)
- Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)
- Innovation & Environment - Regions of Europe Sharing Solutions - (INTERREG IVC)
- European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
Main Information Sources
CORDIS is the research and development information service of the European Commission and reports on the latest events in the fields of science, research and development. It is the official information office for tenders under the 7th Framework Research Programme (FP7).
European Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations (KoWi)
A DFG-funded research support instutution, KoWi assists researchers in Germany in gaining admission to the EU Framework Research Programme. It provides German centres of higher education with strategic consulting services to effectively combine the potential of national and European funding sources.