European Union Framework Programme
18 Oct 2010
Science Minister launches consultation on EU Framework Programme, inviting the UK’s Research and Development community.
Science Minister David Willetts has launched a consultation inviting the UK’s Research and Development (R&D) community to have their say on the European Union’s Framework Programme.
The UK’s performance has been strong in the current 2007-2013 iteration of the Framework Programme (known as FP7) – with researchers receiving €1.83 billion (£ 1.64 billion) of funding from the €12.7 billion (£11.37 billion) awarded to date.
The programme is expected to be worth a total of €50.5 billion (£45.2 billion) for the 2007-2013 period.
However, while there are high levels of participation from the UK’s academic community, business participation is lower in comparison with France and Germany. By developing a deeper understanding of the programme – the EU’s main mechanism for funding research, technological development and demonstration – the UK can generate best value of the opportunities it offers.
The call for evidence will go live on 13 October 2010 and will close 12 weeks later on 4 January 2011. Download the consultation document and response form from the BIS website or join a more informal discussion via the Technology Strategy Board connect platform.