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EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research adopted

15 December 2006

After 19 months of negotiations the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) for 2007-2013 was approved by the European Parliament on 30 November 2006.

After 19 months of negotiations the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) for 2007-2013 was approved by the European Parliament on 30 November 2006. The EU's main instrument for funding scientific research, the programme will have a budget of more than €54 billion over its seven-year life.

In his speech to the European Parliament during the plenary debate to adopt the new programme, European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik paid tribute to the work of Philippe Busquin (MEP, former European Commissioner for Research and Rapporteur for the FP7 Rules of Participation) and Jerzy Buzek (MEP and Rapporteur for FP7). EUA worked with both MEPs to ensure that the interests of universities were represented during the negotiation process.

A particular area of concern was the Rules of Participation and specifically the issue of indirect research costs support which is crucial to enhancing the involvement of higher education institutions in the new programme. EUA worked proactively on this issue, setting up a working group to examine this key question and meeting members of the EU institutions to argue for the introduction of a ‘’transition phase" in which universities can further develop their accounting systems in order to be able to operate fully on eligible research cost principles by the end of FP7. EUA campaigned for an indirect research costs “flat rate” of 60% in the FP7 eligible cost model, which won the support of Mr Philippe Busquin MEP, Rapporteur for the FP7 Rules of Participation, and the European Institutional negotiations eventually achieved the compromise of a 60% flat rate for the first three years of FP7, 2007-9, and after a mid-term review in 2010, “no less than 40%” for the remainder of FP7, 2010-2013. Commissioner Potočnik’s speech highlighted this important amendment. EUA would like to thank its members for their support at European and national level in achieving this successful outcome.

The first call for proposals for the new programme will be published 22 December 2006. The Seventh Framework Programme will be fully operational as of 1 January 2007.

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