FP7 is a key tool to respond to Europe’s needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy. The programme is running from 2007 to 2013 and has a total budget of over € 50 billion. This money is spent on grants to research actors all over Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects. The core of FP7, representing two thirds of the overall budget, is the Cooperation programme. It fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia.

Research is carried out in ten thematic areas. One of these areas is health. The objective of the health research programme is to improve the health of European citizens, and increase the competitiveness and innovative capacity of European health related industries and businesses.

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