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FP7 and Horizon 2020


The HEA is the National Contact Point (NCP) for Research Infrastructures within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) which runs from 2007 - 2013.

The total budget for FP7 is in excess of €50 billion and this is allocated over a range of thematic areas. Awards may take the form of research grants for individuals or funding for larger-scale projects hosted by institutions. Over  €4 billion of the budget is assigned to the ‘Capacities’ programme, of which  € 1.8 billion is allocated to the Research Infrastructures Programme. It is worth noting that this programme funds researcher access to large scale research facilities and all opportunities can be viewed here.

For up-to-date information on FP7 calls, and on the Research Infrastructures Programme in particular, please consult the FP7 Ireland website hosted by the National Support Network for FP7.  


Horizon 2020

In November 2011, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn announced Horizon 2020, the multi-billion euro programme for investment in research and innovation which will succeed FP7. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new funding programme for research and innovation. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an estimated €70 billion budget, this integrated programme is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. The Commissioner's proposal is subject to negotiation at Council and Parliament before the final structure and budget is agreed by the end of 2013.

ESFRI Roadmap 2010
European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) Practical Guide
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