7 Framework Program

The Framework Program is the primary initiative for promoting and supporting R&D&I in the European Union. Its key objective is to improve competitiveness by funding activities, mainly relating to research, technological development, demonstration and innovation through transnational collaboration between companies and research institutes belonging to countries of the European Union and associated states, and third-party countries.
In addition to the above, it provides financial support for the improvement and coordination of European research infrastructure, the promotion and training of research personnel, basic research and, especially through the current FP7 (2007-2013), the coordination of national R&D programs and the setting up of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) designed to promote strategic research agendas in key sectors with the participation of all stakeholders. In the wake of ETPs, platforms are being promoted at the national level. FP7 is the abbreviation for the Seventh EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development.

Participation in the FP7 may offer significant opportunities for funding, being part of a consortium, and sharing experiences and knowledge of ambitious projects.

The specific program on Cooperation supports all types of research activities carried out by different scientific bodies through transnational cooperation, and aims to achieve or consolidate leadership in key areas of science and technology.

The Cooperation program is subdivided into ten different themes. Each theme is operationally autonomous, but aims to maintain coherence within the Cooperation Program and includes joint activities that cut across different themes, through, for example, joint calls for applications.

The specific program on Ideas aims to reinforce excellence, dynamism and creativity in European research, increase Europe's attractiveness for the best researchers from European and third-party countries and for industry's investment in research, by providing a Europe-wide competitive funding structure for frontier research conducted by independent teams. The communication and dissemination of research results are important aspects of this program.

In order to implement all of this, the European Commission has established the European Research Council (ERC) within this specific program. Types of financing:


  • Starting Grants: 2-7 years of experience. €2 M. 5 years.

  • Consolidator Grants: 7-12 years of experience. €2.75 M. 5 years.

  • Advanced Grants: Leading researchers. €3.5 M 5 years.

  • Synergy Grants: Pilot program for small groups of excellent researchers. €15 M 6 years.

  • Proof of Concept: Additional funding for applying the results of ERC projects that already have funding.

The objective of Marie Curie Actions is to strengthen the human potential in European research by striving to increase the appeal of the research profession and encouraging European researchers to stay in Europe, and attracting the best researchers from the rest of the world to Europe.

  • ITN: training for early-stage researchers, usually through a network of universities, companies and research institutes.

  • IEF: individual grants that enable experienced researchers to move within Europe in order to conduct a research project.

  • CIG: these consist of a fixed amount contribution to encourage experienced researchers to integrate or reintegrate in Europe.

  • IAPP: actions that promote association and collaboration between companies and universities.

  • IOF: individual grants for experienced researchers who wish to receive research training within a host organization in a country outside Europe.

  • IIF: individual grants for experienced researchers from third-party countries who wish to receive training at a European host institution.

  • IRSES: a staff exchange program that encourages collaboration between research bodies in Europe and third-party countries.

The Commission's proposals for the FP7 Capacities program aim to enhance research and innovation capacities throughout Europe and ensure their optimal use. The Capacities program consists of seven areas:

This specific program also aims to:
  • support the coherent development of policies;

  • complement the Cooperation program;

  • 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 programs and the Programa Marco para la Competitividad y la Innovación (CIP).

Technology Platforms are industry-led groups of entities involved in a specific sector that aim to define the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) on strategically important issues of great social significance, in order to achieve European objectives related to growth, competitiveness and sustainability.

Technology Platforms play a key role in ensuring better alignment of the European Union's research priorities with the needs of industry. All elements from the science, technology and business chain must participate in them.

The participation of universities, public research organizations, technological centers, and companies involved in technology, engineering, services, manufacturing of capital goods, as well as the end users of the technologies, guarantees that the knowledge generated through research is transformed into technologies and processes, and eventually, into commercially viable products and services.

Through the cooperation of the key players in a certain technology, Technology Platforms can define the necessary medium- to long-term technological and research priorities in that sector and coordinate national, European, public and private investments in R&D, thus making a major contribution to the development of the European Research Area (ERA).

Technology Platforms are important because they contribute to the research priorities being implemented by the European Commission.

European and national Technology Platforms.

What are European project evaluators?

European project evaluators are independent experts who assist the European Commission in the evaluation of proposals submitted to the calls of the Seventh EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7).

What are the benefits?

  • Having the opportunity to learn firsthand about the latest developments in different areas of knowledge.

  • Finding out about the structure and content of successful European proposals.

  • Professional interaction among evaluators.

  • A chance to establish contacts with officials from the European Commission and become familiar with their procedures. Remuneration for the services provided.

How do I become a candidate for evaluator?

  • For employees of the University of Navarra: Contact the European Project Office. The candidate will be backed by the institution and included in the list made available to the University.

  • For external individuals: Candidates should enter their profile in the European Commission's database, which can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/experts


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