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The latest FP7 calls which cover a number of thematic and multidisciplinary areas have been announced at the end of July through the publication of the 2011 Work Programmes. There are 51 new calls which cover four FP7 specific programmes (Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities) across areas including Health, Security, Energy, Environment and Transport. Deadlines vary across the four specific programmes.
The specific programme on ‘Co-operation’ supports fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia. Research will be carried out in ten key thematic themes:
-Health (3 calls)
-Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) (5 calls)
-Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) (8 calls)
-Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (12 calls)
-Energy (8 calls)
-Environment (including Climate Change) (8 calls)
-Transport (including Aeronautics) (9 calls)
-Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (4 calls)
-Space (1 call)
-Security (1 call)
More Information: Cooperation Calls
FP7 Ideas (European Research Council, ERC)
The Ideas programme will support “frontier research” solely on the basis of scientific excellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. In contrast with the Cooperation programme, there is no obligation for cross-border partnerships. Projects are implemented by “individual teams” around a “principal investigator”.
ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants
ERC Starting Grants aim to provide critical and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, who are at the stage of establishing or consolidating their own independent research team or programme.
More Information: Ideas Calls
FP7 People (Marie Curie)
The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and internationally. It is implemented via a set of Marie Curie actions, providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build their skills and competences throughout their careers. Calls which have recently been announced are:
Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)
This activity will seek to open and foster dynamic pathways between public research organisations and private commercial enterprises, particularly SMEs. It aims to achieve this predominately by secondments between sectors and networking activities.
Marie Curie Initial Training Networks 2011 (ITN)
This action aims to improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people. This will be achieved through a trans-national networking mechanism, aimed at structuring the existing high-quality initial research training capacity throughout Member States and associated countries. Direct or indirect involvement of organisations from different sectors, including (lead-) participation by private enterprises in appropriate fields, is considered essential in the action.
More Information: People Calls
There are a number of interesting schemes under the ‘Capacities’ specific programme that cut across a number of research themes. It can be approached in a more bottom-up way than the ‘Co-operation’ programme. The programme aims to support the coherent development of policies; complement the Co-operation programme; contribute to EU policies and initiatives to improve the coherence and impact of Member States policies; find synergies with regional and cohesion policies, the Structural Funds, education and training programmes and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). Within ‘Capacities’ there are seven main activities which can be seen below:
-Research Infrastructures (3 calls)
-Research for the benefit of SMEs (2 calls)
-Regions of Knowledge (1 call)
-Research Potential (1 call)
-Science in Society (2 calls)
-Activities of International Cooperation (3 calls)
More information: Capacities Calls
Please visit the relevant call links above or contact the European Office for advice on which call is best suited to your needs.
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