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The 7th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Development 2007-2013 (FP7)


The 7th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Development 2007-2013 (FP7) is the EU's main instrument for the funding of research and innovation in science, engineering and technology. FP7 supports collaborative and trans-national activities, and provides a mechanism for pooling facilities and knowledge. It is open to EU public and private entities of all sizes, and incorporates provision for the participation of non-EU countries.

Participation in Framework Programme research offers an opportunity for business to create links with their entire European supply chain and their competitors in non-competitive research areas.  It is also valuable for UK researchers looking to get access to wider networks and competences, a broader perspective on the development of their field or industry, and often opens up doors to future collaboration.  Businesses also appreciate the opportunity to work on much larger, longer-term projects than their internal research budgets allow, and to participate in multi-disciplinary research which would be difficult to carry out in house.

The overall budget covering the seven-year period of FP7 is €50.5 bn, for which there are no national quotas. The Space theme, with a budget of €1.43bn, is one of the key themes for funding activity. The two main headings of the Space theme are Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Strengthening Space Foundations.

Further information on the FP7 space thematic priority can be found at the FP UK website.

FP7 2012 Space Call.

Additional information on the space theme may be found on the TSB_Connect website , and by clicking on ‘Documents’.

The FP7UK team can provide telephone support, send you information, direct you to a large number of web-based information sources and advise you of Calls, events, news and best practice. This specialist team can guide you to the most relevant information for your particular situation, saving you time and money. FP7UK information and advice is on the Technology Strategy Board _connect website.

The team includes the UK National Contact Points (NCPs) who specialise in individual areas of FP7 and can offer dedicated expert advice and support throughout the life of an FP7 project. The UK Space NCP is Robert Lowson who can be contacted by email or via the FP7UK helpline – 0300 321 4357.

Useful information can also be found at the European Commission’s web site. The web site has information on eligibility for funding under FP7, participation in FP7, calls for funding, finding project partners and submitting an application. Visit the European Commission’s CORDIS site.

The FP7 Space team at the UK Space agency facilitates co-ordination and development of the UK approach to space activities within FP7. We represent the UK in international fora including the FP7 Space Programme Management Committee.

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The UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.

The UK's thriving space sector contributes £9.1 billion a year to the UK economy and directly employs 28,900 with an average growth rate of almost 7.5%. (The Size and Health of the UK Space Sector 2010/11, preliminary survey results.)

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