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European Commission 7th Framework Program, Space Theme FP7-Space-2011-1: Call for Proposals

By Keith Cowing
November 12, 2010

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research has published a series of calls for proposals under the ‘Cooperation’, ‘Capacities’, ‘People’ and ‘Ideas’ Programs of the Seventh Framework Program (FP7). One of the programs
Deadline: 25 November 2010

The Seventh Framework Program (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment; along with a new Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP), Education and Training programs, and Structural and Cohesion Funds for regional convergence and competitiveness. It is also a key pillar for the European Research Area (ERA) .

The broad objectives of FP7 have been grouped into four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. For each type of objective, there is a specific program corresponding to the main areas of EU research policy. All specific programs work together to promote and encourage the creation of European poles of (scientific) excellence. One of the key themes of the program is Space.
The aim of the Space theme under FP7 is to support a European Space Program focusing on applications with benefits for citizens, through the development of new technology, and for the competitiveness of the European space industry. These efforts will contribute to the development of a European space policy, complementing efforts by Member States and by other key players, including the European Space Agency (ESA).
Emphasis (funding priority) will be given to the following activities:

* Space-based applications serving European society – developing satellite observation systems and the GMES services for the management of the environment, security, agriculture, forestry and meteorology, civil protection and risk management;
* Exploration of space – provision of support for collaborative initiatives between ESA or national space agencies, as well as coordinating efforts for the development of space-born telescopes;
* Strengthening Space foundations – support research for long term needs such as space transportation, bio-medicine, life and physical sciences in space.

For more information about the Space theme of the FP7, visit:
For more information about the next proposal call, click here [Source: NAI]

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