What is FP7?

FP7 is the short name for Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines and it will run from 2007 to 2013. FP7 is designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor (FP6) towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe.

FP7 consists of four main programmes called Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. Each of these programmes is the subject of a 'Specific programme'. In addition, there is a 'Specific programme' for the Joint Research Centre (non-nuclear activities) and one for Euratom nuclear research and training activities (of which Israel is not part of). For more information you can visit the gateway to FP7. In order to keep track of new updates, you can register to get FP7 email alerts from Cordis.

Where can I get advice on intellectual property rights issues?

The Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk provides an extensive range of support services to current and potential EC contractors undertaking research within the Community RTD programmes. These services include a free Legal Helpline to assist contractors with IP related contractual issues.

How can I find partners?

You can use the CORDIS Partners Service where you can find organizations who seek potential partners for EU funded or private collaboration. You can search for a partner and/or create and submit your organization profile. For further information you can refer to the relevant help file and Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the European Research Area (ERA) and where can I find relevant information?

The objective of the ERA is the creation of an 'internal market' in research, an area of free movement of knowledge, researchers and technology, with the aim of increasing cooperation, stimulating competition and achieving a better allocation of resources. This could be achieved through a restructuring of the European research fabric, in particular by improved coordination of national research activities and policies. ERA has been described by the European Commission as 'pivotal to securing Europe's economic and competitive future'. For more information you can visit the page cordis.europa.eu/era/

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