FP7: the future of European Union research policy
As part of a €10.8 billion budget for research and innovation agreed for 2013, the European Commission announced an €8.1 billion euro package of calls for proposals under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). This is the final and largest ever package of FP7 calls, and is an important part of the Commission’s commitment to work for growth and jobs in Europe.
The budget and work programme are agreed in 2012 and funding will be awarded in 2013 – closing dates for proposals from September 2012.The calls address key concerns faced by Europeans where action at EU level is essential. €4.8 billion will be invested in thematic areas, with specific priorities to preserve oceans and water, better use of raw materials, efficient energy, promote efficiency in the processing of biological resources, develop smart cities and tackle issues such as public sector reform, brain research and anti-microbial resistance.
Making Europe a destination for world-class researchers is another key priority. The European Research Council will invest over €1.7 billion in the best researchers and additional €963 million will support mobility through “Marie Curie Actions”.
Small and medium-sized enterprises, recognised as vital for innovation, are given special incentives to participate with a total package of €1.2 billion.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – Research Fellowship Programme
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish- French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to ‘blue-sky’ science, are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development. In addition to generous research funding, scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.
Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) -Marie Curie Actions
Research and business have to work hand in hand. For their own good and for society as a whole. To compete on world markets, Europe’s industry needs the fruits of your research. And you need the extra resources that industry can put in. That’s why we at Marie Curie Actions have been building up Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP). They help public and private research to work together. Partners include universities and companies of all shapes and sizes. Focussing on joint research projects, IAPPs aim to boost skills exchange between the commercial and non-commercial sectors.