What are the Framework Programmes?
There have been seven Framework Programmes to date through which the European Union (EU) has offered grants to businesses or organisations (both public and private), of all sizes, for collaborative research and development. These programmes are the EU's main funding mechanism for supporting and encouraging collaborative research and development across member states.
FP7 covers the period 2007 to 2013. The European Commission (EC) presented its proposal for FP7 on 6 April 2005, including the preferred thematic research priorities. It has a total budget of 54 billion euros and made up of 4 areas - Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities.
FP6 was a four year programme which ran between 2002-2006. It had a total budget of 19 billion euros and was designed to strengthen science and technology within academia and industry, and encourage international competitiveness by promoting research activities.