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The EC's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7) ran from 2007 to 2013 and was the direct predecessor of Horizon 2020. This page provides an overview of the FP7 structure. Few FP7 awards remain live but , for those still holding one, information on post-award matters can be found through the ‘Managing your FP7 Projects’ link (right).

Areas supported All subject areas
Types of Funding Cooperation programme
Ideas programme (European Research Council)
People programme (Marie Curie Actions)
Capacities programme

The Co-operation Programme

The Co-operation Programme supported all types of research activities carried out by consortia of universities, industry, research centres and public authorities across the European Union as well as the rest of the world in transnational co-operation.

The Programme had 10 research themes. The EC set the research priorities relevant to each theme. The Co-operation Programme also covered Joint Technology Initiatives (e.g. Innovative Medicines Initiative). Projects typically required a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries and lasted between 3 - 5 years, but funding requirements varied. Funding was available for research projects (Collaborative Projects or Networks of Excellence) and/or for networking activities (Coordination and Support Actions).

Ideas Programme (European Research Council)

The Ideas Programme European Research Council (ERC) awards operated on a 'bottom-up' basis across all research fields (excluding nuclear energy research), without predetermined priorities.

The three main funding schemes - Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants - funded projects led by a Principal Investigator (PI) and their team. The Synergy Grant scheme enabled a small group of two to four Principal Investigators and their teams to jointly address research problems. The Proof of Concept scheme provided additional funding to allow for the development and exploitation of ideas arising from a ERC-funded project. The scheme was only open to (then) current ERC award holders.

People Programme (Marie Curie Actions)

The People Programme was implemented through a set of Marie Curie Actions, which addressed researchers at all stages of their professional lives. They provided opportunities for individual researchers and organisations to develop their research skills and training capacity, by building on industrial and academic expertise within Europe and across the world, through staff exchanges, secondments, postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

The vast majority of fellows funded under the programme were expected to move from one country to another, subject to specific requirements for the different schemes. The Actions operated on a 'bottom-up' basis across all research fields (excluding nuclear energy research), without predetermined priorities.

Initial Training Networks (ITN) scheme provided training for doctoral and junior post-doctoral researchers. Intra-European (IEF), International Incoming (IIF) and International Outgoing (IOF) Fellowships funded individual post-doctoral positions for 12 - 36 months.

Career Integration Grants (CIG) provided top-up funding for researchers coming/returning to Oxford from abroad. The IRSES scheme funded international research staff exchanges, while the IAPP scheme funded staff exchanges between industry and academia.

Capacities Programme

The Capacities Programme aimed to enhance research and innovation capacities throughout Europe, and to ensure their optimal use. Within the Capacities Programme there were several main funding opportunities, including:

The Research Infrastructures scheme aimed to optimise the use and development of existing – as well as help create new - European research infrastructures.

The Regions of Knowledge scheme aimed to increase the cross-sector and cross-border capacity of European regions to develop their commitment in research.

The Science in Society scheme sought to encourage the integration of science and research practice and policies into broader European society.

The Research for the Benefit of SMEs scheme funded collaborative projects involving SMEs with predominant demonstration components.

Last updated 16 Nov 2017