FP7 calls for proposals and the Horizon beyond

The European Commission (EC) has announced the next round of funding under the FP7 framework (the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) – Work Programme 2012.

An indicative budget of €36 million is set aside for e-infrastructures, distributed as follows:

  • Third implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE (INFRA-2012-2.3.1, €20 million)

  • International cooperation with the USA on common e-infrastructure for scientific data (INFRA-2012-2.3.2, €2 million)

  • Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures (INFRA-2012-2.3.3, €14 million)

In addition to the above, there is a €1 million budget under the FP7 Cooperation framework to identify and document the difficulties and benefits for scientists sharing, accessing and using open access primary data (ENV.2012.6.5-3: Exploring opportunities for open access to primary environmental data).

Details on the call for proposals are available from the EC website:

FP7 is the European Union's (EU) main channel for funding research and runs from 2007 to 2013. It was designed to respond to employment needs and competitiveness, and support research in priority areas.

Beyond FP7, plans for the next funding programme are already underway. It will be called ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner for the EU explains: “it is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.” Geoghegan-Quinn continues, “funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler.”

The new name ‘Horizon 2020’ was arrived at by an open call for proposal in March earlier this year. Three entries from more than 160,000 ideas were shortlisted. The final winner was determined by online voting. ‘Horizon 2020’ won with a majority of 36.7% of the 8,318 total votes casted. The suggestion came from a teacher from the Czech Republic, and another teacher from Poland, who both proposed the same name.

The Horizon 2020 framework will come into effect from 1 January 2014.