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The 7th EU Framework Programme for Research & Technological Development (2007-2013)andInternational Scientific Cooperation

Richard BURGER

Science Counsellor

Delegation of the European Commission to Russia

April 2010

lisbon strategy europe 2020 strategy
LisbonStrategy & Europe 2020 Strategy

S&T contribute to the Lisbon objectives (2000):

  • economic growth, jobs & knowledge-based economy
  • social challenges: fight poverty, improve human health, boost quality of life
  • environmental protection
  • S&T is a priority of Europe 2020:
  • Smart growth: knowledge-based economy & innovation
  • Sustainable growth: more efficient, greener & competitive economy
  • Inclusive growth: high-employment for social & territorial cohesion

3% of the EU’s GDP should be invested in R&D (!)

european r d framework programmes fps
=> Largest publicly funded competitive R&D programme worldwide (annual budget €7,2bln)

=> Basic rule of trans-national collaboration

=> Thematic programmes in all technology areas

=> Special programmes for researcher mobility, research infrastructure, SMEs, capacity building

=> A defined budget for a defined number of years and a set of priorities for scientific research

=> A set of strategies and tools to implement them

European R&D Framework Programmes (FPs)

FP is the financial instrument for the EU research strategy

eu framework programmes the story so far
1984:First Framework Programme (1984-1987)

1987:Second Framework Programme (1987-1991)

1990:Third Framework Programme (1990-1994)

1994:Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998)

1998:Fifth Framework Programme (1998-2002)

2002:Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006)

2007:Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013)

EU Framework Programmes: The story so far...

Decision no 1982/2006/ec of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18/12/2006 on the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development & Demonstration Activities (2007-2013)


General architecture of FP7

  • Opportunities for international scientific cooperation in FP7
international cooperation in fp7

Support competitiveness of EU industry through strategic partnerships with third countries in selected fields of science

Address specific problems facing third countries on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit

Use S&T cooperation to reinforce the European Community’s external relationsand other relevant policy

International Cooperation in FP7
fp7 specific programmes

Cooperation – Collaborative research

Ideas – Frontier Research

People – Human Potential

Capacities – Research Capacity


JRC (non-nuclear)

JRC (nuclear)


FP7 – “Specific Programmes”
fp7 main elements
Budget € 53 billion (2007–2013)

Collaborative research € 34 billion (Cooperation)

Frontier research European Research Council € 7.5 billion (Ideas)

Human potential; mobility € 4.8 billion (People)

Research Infrastructures & for SMEs benefit € 4.3 billion (Capacities)

Joint Research Centre € 1.7 billion

Nuclear fusion, nuclear fission and radiation protection € 2.7 billion (Euratom)


The European Commission currently manages about 5-10% of total public spending in R&D in the European Union

The European Union currently invests about 1.9% of GDP in research

FP7: main elements

FP7 (2007 - 2013)

Cooperation – Collaborative research

  • 10 Thematic Priorities
  • Health (€ 6 billion)
  • Food, agriculture and biotechnology (€ 2 billion)
  • Information and communication technologies (€ 9 billion)
  • Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (€ 3.5 billion)
  • Energy (€ 2.3 billion)
  • Environment (including climate change) (€ 1.9 billion)
  • Transport (including aeronautics) (€ 4.2 billion)
  • Socio-economic sciences and the humanities (€ 0.6 billion)
  • Space (€ 1.4 billion)
  • Security (€ 1.3 billion)

+ Euratom FP7 (2007-2011): fusion energy research, nuclear fission & radiation protection (€ 2.7 billion)

fp7 cooperation
Financial Instruments (the most common):

Collaborative Projects: Research projects by international consortia that vary in size and scope

Coordination Actions & Support Actions: Networking, exchanges, studies, conferences, etc.

Networks of Excellence: Joint programmes for long-term cooperation and commitment to integrate resources

FP7 “Cooperation”
fp7 collaborative projects cp
Purpose: research projects, developing new knowledge, new technology, products, including scientific coordination and/or demonstration activities or common resources for research

Size & resources: the number of participants and volume of resources should be compatible with overall objective and manageability

Indicative average duration: 24-60 months

Activities: Research, Demonstration, Management of the consortium, other activities (dissemination, training)

FP7 Collaborative Projects (CP)
fp7 cooperation collaborative research international co operation
“Third Countries”:

Industrialised countries

FP7-associated countries and EU-candidate countries

(Turkey, Switzerland, Norway etc.)

International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC):

ACP, Asia, Eastern European & Central Asian countries (including Russia), Latin America, Mediterranean partner countries, Western Balkan countries

FP7 “Cooperation”: Collaborative research / International co-operation
fp7 cooperation collaborative research international co operation1
Two ways for 3rd countries to participate:

Opening of all FP7 themes to 3rd countries, including to Russia

Specific international cooperation actions within each theme

FP7 “Cooperation”:Collaborative research / International co-operation
1. “Opening” of all activities

The minimum number of participants shall be 3 independent legal entities established in three differentEU Member States or Associated Countries

2.Specific international co-operation actions (special rule)

The minimum number of participants shall be 4 independent legal entities of which:

at least 2 are established in two different EU Member States or Associated countries


at least 2 are established in International Cooperation Partner Country (Russia) coming from 2 different regions

FP7 “Cooperation”

Collaborative research / International co-operation


Third Countries as ADDITIONAL partners

Third Countries as COMPULSORY partners

fp7 cooperation collaborative research
1. Opening of FP7 themes to third countries

Minimum 3 different EU member states (MS) or FP7-associated countries (AC)

Beyond this minimum, all 3rd countries can participate

ICPC, including Russia, will be funded

Industrialised countries funded only if indispensable for the project

FP7 “Cooperation” –Collaborative research
fp7 cooperation collaborative research1
2. Specific international cooperation actions

Calls for proposals dedicated to ICPC in each theme

Minimum 4 participants from different countries: 2 ICPC + 2 MS or AC

ICPC participants, including Russia, will generally be funded

FP7 “Cooperation” –Collaborative research
fp7 evaluation criteria
FP7 Specific programmes and work programmes specify principles & criteria for evaluation:

S&T quality (on the topics addressed by the call)

Implementation (management structure, consortium,


Impact (as specified in the work programmes)

Evaluation by independent experts

FP7 Evaluation criteria
examples of thematic priorities fp projects with russia s participation i
Aeronautics & air transport

The “greening” of air transport

Increasing time efficiency

Customer satisfaction and safety

Improving cost efficiency

Protection of aircraft and passengers

Air transport of the future

Example: FP6 HISAC project =>

=> to explore technical feasibility of an environmentally compliant small size supersonic transport aircraft through a multidisciplinary optimisation approach and focused technological improvements (noise, NOx emissions, time etc.)

Duration: 54 months (completed)

Project Cost: 26.2 million euro (project funding: 14.25 million euro)

36 partners from Europe incl. 3 organisations from Russia (Snecma, EADS, Alenia Aeronautica, Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft und Raumfahrt, Rolls-Royce PLC, CNRS, Volvo Aero, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, CIAM, TsAGI)

Examples of thematic priorities & FP projects with Russia’s participation (I)
examples of thematic priorities fp projects with russia s participation ii
Environment (including climate change)for:

predicting climate, ecological, earth and ocean systems changes;

tools and technologies for monitoring, prevention and mitigation of environmental pressures and risks including on health;

sustainability of the natural and man-made environment.

Examples of thematic priorities & FP projects with Russia’s participation (II)

Example: FP7IMPACTMIN project =>

=> develop new methods and a corresponding toolset for the environmental impact monitoring of mining operations using Earth Observations. Novel technology will be proposed for the combined use of satellite remote sensing, aerial lightweight measurements and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Duration: 36 months (ongoing)

Project Cost: 3.31 million euro (EC funding: 2.61 million euro)

10 partners from Europe incl. 1 organisation from Russia (Institute of Mineralogy of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

examples of thematic funding priorities fp projects with russia s participation iii
Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies (NMP)

Studying phenomena and manipulation of matter at the nanoscale and developing nanotechnologies for the manufacturing of new products & services

Using the knowledge of nanotechnologies & biotechnologies for new products & processes

Developing generic production \'assets\' (technologies, organisation and production facilities and human resources) while meeting safety and environmental requirements

Focusing on new technologies, materials and applications to address the needs identified by European Technology Platforms

Examples of thematic funding priorities & FP projects with Russia’s participation (III)
  • Example: SOLVSAFE FP6 project => advanced safer solvents for innovative industrial eco-processing
  • SOLVSAFE is a solvent innovation platform aimed at providing European SMEs with cutting-edge scientific knowledge, to introduce radical industrial process changes on the basis of identified environmental and saregy goals:

Duration: 52 months (completed)

  • Project Cost: 10.2 million euro (EC funding: 6.08 million euro)
  • 21 participants from Europe (incl. one Russian organisation - Institute of Chemistry, Komi Sciences Centre, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
fp7 people fellowships

Reinforce European research with foreign scientists

Build lasting connections through mobile researchers

FP7 “People” – Fellowships
fp7 people fellowships1
Main features

For European researchers:

Outgoing fellowships with mandatory return

Return/reintegration of European researchers abroad

For 3rd country researchers

Host-Driven actions for 3rd country researchers

Incoming individual fellowships

Schemes for neighbouring countries and those with S&T agreement (e.g. Russia, Ukraine) - EURAXESS

Scientific “diaspora” of Europeans abroad and foreigners in Europe

FP7 “People” – Fellowships
fp7 people international dimension
FP7 “People”: international dimension

FP funding under conditions, only for ICPC or if essential for the project

(2) For third country nationals active in the EU/Associated countries

(3) include International incoming and outgoing fellowships in 3d country hosts

(4) only for the return phase in ICPC

Incoming individual fellowships for top class researchers to upgrade their qualification in the EU and AC and be trained in competences they could not acquire in the home country

at least four years after graduation (post doc)

to develop cooperation

Proposal is submitted by the researcher together with the host organisation

For 1 to 2 years

Salary plus contribution towards research related costs

Eventually a 1 year return phase for researchers from ICPC

FP7 “People”: International dimensionIncoming fellowships

Career development / life-long training for EU researchers :

EU outgoing individual fellowships, to be trained in a third country institute or organisation

at least 4 years after graduation

Funding for up to 3 years in total with 1-2 years abroad

To establish cooperation

Based on a personal ‘career development plan’

Mandatory return fellowship

FP7 “People”: International dimensionOutgoing fellowships

For EU Neighbourhood Countries and Countries with S&T Agreement (and in negotiation)

Joint exchange programme to/from Europe (not between EU/AS partners)

24 - 48 month partnership

To establish or deepen partnership between min 2 research organisations within EU/associate and one or more organisations in third countries.

Short term exchanges (up to 1 year per person)

Partner institutes select their staff for exchange (Researchers, management, technical staff )

FP7 “People”: IRSES – International Staff Research Exchange Scheme

fp7 capacities programme
Research infrastructures

Research for the benefit of SMEs

Regions of Knowledge

Research Potential

Science in Society

Coherent development of policies

Activities of International Cooperation

FP7 “Capacities” programme

Of particular interest for “third countries”

fp7 capacities research for the benefit of smes
Research for SMEs:

Low to medium technology SMEs with little or no research capability

Research intensive SMEs that need to outsource research to complement their core research capability

Research for SME associations:

SME associations representing their members and their common technical problems

 bottom-up approach, no thematic focus

FP7 “Capacities” – Research for the benefit of SMEs
fp7 capacities science in society
Supporting multidisciplinary research addressing science-society interactions as a system;

Capacity building of civil society organisations and their involvement in research;

Combining Science in Society expertise with the science policy design and implementation belonging to other specific S&T fields.

FP7 “Capacities” – Science in Society

FP7 “Ideas” – European Research Council (ERC)

  • To support investigator-driven frontier research over all areas of research
  • By individual teams
  • Excellence as sole criterion
  • Autonomous scientific governance
  • Simple, user-friendly delivery
  • Team Leader (“Principal Investigator”) assembles his/her research group; freedom to choose the research topic. Individual teams to consist of researchers without “artificial” administrative constraints; thus members may be drawn from one or several legal entities, from within or across national boundaries, including 3rd countries
fp7 ideas european research council erc grants
Up to 5 years

Two-step application procedure (due to large number of expected applications)

Peer-review panels determine proposals to be funded and applicable budgets

Simple grant preparation for most projects

Flexibility and portability

Short annual reports plus detailed final report

FP7 “Ideas” – European Research Council (ERC): Grants

FP7 “Ideas” – European Research Council (ERC):Starting Grants

  • Support researchers at the start of their first independent research team
  • Provide a structure for transition from working under a supervisor to independent research
  • Supply grantsto support the creation of excellent new teams
  • Annual budget foreseen ~ € 300 million
  • Estimated ~ 200 Starting Grants per year
  • Calls envisaged every year as from 2007

FP7 “Ideas” – European Research Council (ERC):Advanced Grants

  • Designed to support excellent investigator-initiated research projects by established investigators
  • Should complement the ERC Starting Grant scheme by targeting researchers who have already established their independence as team leaders
  • Calls envisaged every year as from 2008
Principal Investigator

27 EU member states

FP7-associated countries (e.g. NO, IS, CH, IL), incl. ACC (RO, BU, TR, HR)

Team Members

27 EU Member States

FP7-associated countries (e.g. NO, IS, CH, IL), incl. ACC (RO, BU, TR, HR)

International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC)

Industrialised countries, e.g. Australia, Canada, Japan, USA

FP7 “Ideas” – European Research Council (ERC):International Dimension


Thank you for your attention!

Richard BURGER

Science Counsellor

Delegation of the European Commssion to Russia

<[email protected]>



EU Web Site: ,

including Russian National Contact Points

Mobility (fellowships)


European Research Portal:

General information on the Seventh EU Research Framework Programmes:

Specific information on research programmes, projects and FP7 Call documents:

General information requests:



International co-operation in FP6: FUNDS

285M€ for INCO

Integrating European Research

315 M€ for INCO

Specific activities

Priority Thematic Areas

Scientific support to policies

New and emerging S/T needs

Life Sciences, genomics &

biotechnology for health

Food quality and safety

Information society technol.

Sustainable development ...

SME activities

Citizens & governance

Nanotechnologies ...

Aeronautics and space

Specific measures for

international cooperation


Structuring the ERA

Strengthening the foundations of ERA

Research &


Training &




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Estimated number of participations of INCO group of countries in INCO and in FP6 thematic priorities for contracts signed by 02/2006




















Estimated EC financial contribution to INCO countries

in INCO and in FP6 thematic priorities for contracts signed by 02/2006

russia s participation in all fp6 thematic priorities i
Russia’s participation in all FP6 Thematic Priorities (i) (*)

“Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems” has been the most popular thematic priority for Russian participants (after INCO) having attracted almost one fifth of all FP6 participants from Russia

(*) As of 02 July 2007