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August 5, 2010

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» FP7 Calls – 2011 Work Programmes published

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.

FP7 Cooperation

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

FP7 Capacities

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.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

April 30, 2009

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» She Figures 2009: Preliminary Findings


The European Commission has published a leaflet detailing the preliminary findings of the ‘She Figures 2009’ study of Women in Science across Europe. This study is funded by the FP7 Capacities programme – Science in Society (SiS). These figures show that whilst the numbers of women participating in science across Europe are increasing, there is still a substantial gender imbalance, particularly in senior higher education positions.

She Figures is a major publication presenting a Europe-wide data collection on women in science from tertiary education through to the job market. Together with the 27 EU countries, She Figures also presents data on Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.


The new publication details some of the preliminary findings of the ‘She Figures 2009’ study, which is funded from the 2008 Science in Society Work Programme. The publication shows that, in 2006, the numbers of women graduating in the EU at PhD/Doctorate level was 45%, which is an improvement on the 2002 figure of 42%. This means that the number of female graduates increased by a higher rate than male graduates, by +7.3% per year compared to +3.8% per year for males. However, there were significant differences between disciplines, with women being noticeably less represented in the physical sciences and engineering, compared to life and social sciences.

Career retention is still an issue for female researchers. While there are high numbers of female PhD graduates, as they move through the career lifecycle, women are less well represented. The EU average of women in Grade A research positions in 2007 was only 20% (although this is an improvement from 2002, when this figure was 17%).

Speaking at a recent hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on Women in Science, the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, gave an update on the progress towards getting more women involved in science through the Framework Programmes (EU funding for R&D;). He stated that over ten years of European policy in this area has made great improvements, but there is still a lot of work to be done. As an example of the progress made, the Commissioner noted that in FP4, only 4% of the membership of evaluation panels was made up of women, whereas in FP6, this figure was 36%. Currently, the Commission aims for a 40% involvement across all areas of FP7. Commissioner Potočnik drew attention to areas of concern, and noted that while around 50% of the PhD students involved in funded projects are women, less than 20% of the scientists in charge are women.

The final ‘She Figures 2009’ findings will be presented in a booklet to be published by the Commission in September 2009.

Further Information

‘She Figures 2009’- preliminary findings leaflet

The European Commission Science and Society webpage about Woman and Science can be found here

September 8, 2008

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» FP7 2009 Calls Open

Funding Source: Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission


The European Commission launched 22 calls for proposals in the Capacities and Co-operation Specific Programmes on 3rd September 2008. Please find a summary list below of each individual call by their call identifier code. The EuRO Office will be issuing more detailed information about each theme/call shortly.



- FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage

- FP7-HEALTH-2009-two-stage

Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology

- FP7-KBBE-2009-3


- FP7-ENERGY-2009-1

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-2

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-3

Environment (including Climate Change)

- FP7-ENV-2009-1

Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities

- FP7-SSH-2009-A

- FP7-SSH-2009-B

- FP7-SSH-2009-C


- FP7-SPACE-2009-1


- FP7-SEC-2009-1

JOINT CALL:FABF, NNM, Energy and Environment (including Climate Change)




Research for the Benefit of SMEs

- FP7-SME-2008-2

- FP7-SME-2008-3

- FP7-SME-2009-1

Regions of Knowledge

- FP7-REGIONS-2009-1

Science in Society


Activities of International Cooperation

- FP7-INCO-2009-1

- FP7-INCO-2009-2

- FP7-INCO-2009-4

- FP7-INCO-2009-5

More Information: CORDIS – Find a Call (Use the call identifier code listed above)

If you have any queries or need clarification regarding any of the themes mentioned please do not hesitate to contact the European Office for further assistance.