Programme for RTD
What is 6FP?
The Framework Programme (FP) is the EU’s main instrument for
research funding in Europe.
FPs cover a period of five years with the last year of one FP and
the first year of the following FP overlapping. FPs have been implemented
since 1984. The Sixth FP (FP6) will be fully operational as of January
1, 2003 through 2006.
The Sixth FP is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by
Council and the European Parliament following a co-decision procedure
FP6 aims to contribute to the creation of a true “European Research
Area” (ERA). ERA
vision for the future of research in Europe, an internal market for science
and technology. It fosters scientific excellence, competitiveness and
innovation through the promotion of better co-operation and coordination
between relevant actors at all levels. Economic growth increasingly
depends on research, and many of the present and foreseeable challenges
for industry and society can no longer be solved at national level alone.
At their summit in Lisbon in March 2000, heads of state and governments
called for better leveraging of European research efforts through the
creation of ERA. The FP is the financial instrument that will help make
the European Research Area a reality.
6FP The structure
The 6 FP for RTD is structured
in two specific programmes (SP).
The actual implementation of the programmes is done by means
of appropriate instruments or support schemes. In the following you find a summary of the objectives,
the groups of activities, and the support schemes for each specific
- Specific programme 1 - Integrating and strenghtening
the European Research Area
The programme is based on a top-down action
concentrated on selected priority areas; the priority themes
will be implemented through a variety of instruments. The Total
budget is 13665 MEuro. Other actions are are intended to step up
the coordination and to support the coherent development of research
and innovation-stimulation policies and activities in Europe.
SP1 - Integrating ERA : Objectives
SP1 - Integrating ERA : Priority Areas
SP1 - Integrating ERA : Instruments and support
SP1 - Strenghtening ERA: Objectives
SP1 - Strenghtening ERA: Groups of Activities
SP1 - Strenghtening ERA: Support Schemes
- Specific programme 2 - Structuring
the European Research Area
The programme is based on a bottom-up action based
on single initiatives and research activities. The goal is
to provide a structuring effect through a stronger link with
national, regional and other European initiatives. The activities
of the programme are divided in four groups. The total budget is 2605 MEuro.
SP2 - Structuring ERA: Objectives
SP2 - Sructuring ERA : Groups of Activities
SP2 - Structuring ERA: Support Schemes