FP7 Funding Schemes

A main focus throughout all support measures in FP7 lies in the support of trans-national collaboration in a multi-disciplinary context. Each Call specifies eligible project types. In general, these are Collaborative Projects, Networks of Excellence (NoE), Coordination and Support Actions (CSA), Pioneer Research (ERC), Support of Training and Education as well as Career Development of Researchers (Marie Curie) as well as Research for the benefit of special groups  (especially SME).

Collaborative Projects

Collaborative Projects are research projects, which are performed by multiple partners on an international level. These projects aim at the development of new knowhow, technologies, products and/or resources as well as solving problems of European importance. Collaborative Projects can vary in timeline, scope and structure and reach from small or medium scale projects up to large scale-integrating or even flagship projects.

Networks of Excellence

Networks of Excellence (NoE) enable the combination and coordination of European research capacities. This type of project aims at the leading edge research groups, which wish to create a network in a specific area. International research teams perform their joint activities at different research institutions using their specific resources.

Coordination and Support Actions

Coordination and Support Actions aim at supporting and linking research activities and strategies. The measures support research activities as well as EU-legislation and contain e.g. carrying out conferences/meetings, perform studies and analyses, implementation of working and/or expert groups or carrying out scientific competitions.

Pioneer Research | ERC

This measure focuses on frontier research by supporting groundbreaking and visionary researchers, who break up the borders between fundamental research and applied sciences, between classical disciplines and new emerging fields and applications. This project type complements the topics of the Framework Programme with measures which allow the researcher to file proposals bottom-up and without a direct link to its application. The Pioneer Research Programme is administered by the European Research Council (ERC).

Support of Training and Education as well as Career Development of Researchers | Marie Curie

These measures in the area of training and education of researchers, mobility and career development concentrate on enforcement of human resources in European research and therefore helps in attracting high potential researchers to Europe. Applicants are free to propose their individual research project without a need for direct application, nor mandatory scientific disciplines or areas.
All in all five measures focus on different aspects to reach the described target: Initial Training (ITN), Lifelong Learning (IEF, CIG, COFUND), Industry Academia Partnership Pathways (IAPP), International Dimension (IOF, IIF, IRSES), as well as specific actions (general measures to enhance career perspectives and other aspects of researcher’s careers in Europe).

Research for the benefit of special groups (especially SME)

Eligible are research projects, in which the main part of Research and Development is performed on side of academia, research institutions or other non-profit organizations for the benefit of other groups especially SME or SME associations and therefore enhances their chance of additional gains.