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Open calls for proposals
All information on open Calls, forms and rules for participation is available in this CORDIS page.
All FP7-ICT Calls for Proposals are in line with the content of the ICT Workprogramme, downloadable here.
Propose a project idea
One of the most important steps to participate in a cooperation program is preparing a project idea. In order to make it, WINDS-LAC offers you help not only in defining and fine-tuning project ideas but also in searching potential partners according your expertise. Please, download and fill up this form (.doc format). The WINDS experts will contact you with personalized feedback. For help, please contact the WINDS Helpdesk.
Search European partners/projects
Collaborating with a strong European partner/consortium is key to success in FP7. To look for experienced EU partners please browse:
If you look for a specific expertise in Europe, please contact theWINDS Helpdesk .
FP7 Experts for Research Activities idea
You can register as an expert (individual or organisation) in the CORDIS FP7 database.
FAQ on FP7
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section is set up to offer specific information on the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the Caribbean actors.
What is FP7?
'Framework Programmes' (FPs) have been the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. Ps have been implemented since 1984 and cover a period of five years with the last year of one FP and the first year of the following FP overlapping. The current FP is FP7, which runs for the period 2007-2013 and, unlike to the previous ones, it will run for seven years. It was designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe. It is organised in four programmes corresponding to four basic components of European research: Cooperation;; Ideas;;People; and Capacities.
Who can participate?
Any company, university, research centre, organisation or individual, legally established in any country, may participate in a collaborative project (known as an indirect action) provided that the minimum conditions laid down in the Rules for Participation in FP7 (RFP), Chapter II, Section 1, p.12 [PDF], have been met, including any additional conditions laid down by specific programmes or individual work programmes.
Is it open to Caribbean partners?
Yes, it is. Organisations and researchers from more than 100 countries all over the world are already involved in EU research programmes. The FP7 is open to 'third countries' means states that are not a Member State of the European Union - it also includes countries with international cooperation agreements [PDF].
Which themes have been identified for FP7?
FP7 presents strong elements of continuity with its predecessor, mainly as regards the themes which are covered in the Cooperation programme. The themes identified for this programme correspond to major fields in the progress of knowledge and technology, where research must be supported and strengthened to address European social, economic, environmental and industrial challenges.
The ten high level themes proposed for EU action are the following:
In addition, two themes are covered by the Euratom Framework Programme:
Does it fund mobility?
EU funding for mobility and career development of individual researchers is covered by the specific programme "People" (Marie Curie actions) under the Seventh Framework programme (FP7). You will find an overview of this programme on CORDIS. For researchers from third countries, the specific Marie Curie action “International Incoming Fellowships”(IIF) may be of particular interest.
Where can I find more information?
There are some specific websites where you can find more information:
- If you cannot find the answer there, please send a message to the Research Enquiry Service, provided by the Europe Direct Contact Centre.