1. Cooperation Programme
    2. Ideas Programme
    3. Persons Programme
    4. Capacity Pro


The Seventh Framework Programme is the European Union main instrument to finance the research developed in Europe during the 2007-2013 period.

The total budget available to the EU for these seven years amounts to more than 50,000 million euros, which together with the intended by the EURATOM program (2,700 million Euros) for the same period, an increase over the Sixth PM, 41% at 2004 prices and 63% at current prices.


Legal entities may participate (R & D centers, universities and industry, SMEs and individuals) of all Member States and third countries (with different rules of engagement).

It consists of 4 main sections, called programs, but one fifth referred to nuclear research.

Cooperation programme

Budget: 32.413 million euros.

Period: 2007-2013

Intended to finance research activities carried out by scientific institutions in transnational cooperation.


1) Health
2) Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
3) Information Technology and Communication
4) Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new technologies
5) Power
6) Environment (including Climate Change)
7) Transport (including aeronautics)
8) Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
9) Security
10) Area


There are different types of R & D projects and actions for FP7:

Collaborative projects
Conditions: Minimum 3 independent legal entities, each belonging to a member state or even EU candidate country.

Collaborative projects for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation
Minimum four legally independent organizations. Two must be established in different member states or candidate countries. The other two, must be in different international countries.

Networks of Excellence
At least three independent legal entities, each established in a member or EU candidate.

Support and coordination actions
At least 3 independent legal entities, each established in a member country or a European Union candidate.

Priority Research Themes

The activities to be developed are the priority line in Environment and climate change.

• Pressures on environment and climate
• Environment and health
• Natural hazards

Sustainable resource management

• Conservation and sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity ratifícales
• Management of marine environment

Environmental Technologies

• Environmental technologies for observation, simulation, prevention of deterioration, damage mitigation, adaptation, recovery and rehabilitation of both natural and man-made.
• Protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage
• Assessment, verification and testing technology

Observation and assessment tools of the Earth

• Ocean observation systems and land, methods of environmental monitoring and sustainable development
• Forecasting methods and assessment tools for sustainable development

In partnership with European Technology Platforms, will pay special attention to technologies related to water supply and sanitation, sustainable chemistry, construction and forestry. The socioeconomic dimension will influence their development, market penetration and subsequent implementation.


Budget: 7,400 million euros. Period. 2007-2013

Is used to finance European research at the frontier of knowledge and managed by the European Research Council (ERC).

Aims to boost the competitiveness of Europe to retain its scientists and to attract others from other countries.

Budget: 4,700 million euros. Period: 2007-2013

Its aim is to support lifelong learning, research and mobility of scientists in Europe and the rest of the world.
Funding will be through the Marie Curie Network, and through scholarships for young researchers to staying in the other centers in Europe and other countries.


Brings together the following activities:

Research infrastructure. (1800 million €)
Research for SMEs. (1,300 million )
Regions of knowledge. (126 million )
Science and society. (280 million €)
The research potential of convergence regions (370millones )
• Support and coherent development of research policies (70 million )
• International cooperation (185 million €)

Period. 2007-2013


Technology platforms represent the scientific and technological symbiosis between business, academic bodies and society in general.

This instrument was first promoted by the Commission since 2003, and among its main objectives is to involve companies in the research effort and the private sector to fund 2 / 3 of the budgets for research. Thus, the European Commission established a useful mechanism to stimulate important areas where technology and development are the core challenges to solve economic, sociological and / or social.


Stimulate the efficiency of investments in research and development, accelerate innovation and remove barriers to the growth of the European Research Area.

The European Technology Platform should be seen as a major initiative, transnational, pan-European mission-oriented, aimed at strengthening Europe's capacity to organize and promote the process of innovation.


Public research organizations (universities, public schools, etc. ..)
Large and small enterprises
Group communication experts and scientific disclosure
Financial Community
civil society groups, etc. ..

-Operating Platforms

There are currently more than 30 European Technology Platforms in various development practices. The topics are diverse:

Steel Technology
Road transport
Fuel Cells

Reference links:

Report Spanish Technology Platforms (ETPs)
European Technology Platforms