The European Union’s (EU) Framework Programme 6, commonly known as FP6, issued its first calls for proposals at the end of 2002, with the last calls coming during 2006. It had a budget of ca €19 billion (approximately £12 billion) over four years (2003 to 2006), and in that time the programme has funded a very large number of international research activities, from large collaborative research projects to individual fellowships, primarily focused on a number of key technological areas known as ‘thematic priorities’.
FP6 was designed to further the implementation of a specific political initiative: the European Research Area (ERA). The ERA initiative stems from a belief that the EU’s ability to compete effectively in the global economy is hindered by the high degree of fragmentation of the European research and development effort. In order to increase the impact of EU research a more coherent European research policy has been required.
Cardiff University has played a very active and successful role in FP6, acting as co-ordinator or partner in 84 separate projects worth a total of £18.3mn to the University. Many of these projects, which have involved the majority of Academic Schools, are still running, with some not ending until 2011.
Please go to the FP6 Project Portfolio to see details, including website links, for all the University’s FP6 projects.
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