FP7 is the European Union's main financial instrument for funding research during the years 2007-2013. It has four main programmes that support different kinds of projects for research and technological development. Each programme has a predetermined set of research priorities for funding. Once a year, the European Commission publishes different "Work Programmes" that include the current "Calls for Proposals." In a nutshell, the work programme is a document that lists the specific topics for which researchers can apply for funding. In most cases, the work programmes are published in the summer and the deadlines for proposal submission are in early winter.

As a general principle, participation in FP7 is open to a wide range of organizations and individuals from any country in the world. However, the procedures for participation and funding possibilities vary for different groups of countries.

Egyptian researchers like those from other African and Mediterranean partner countries, can receive funding from FP7, but have to be part of consortia with a minimum number of participants from EU Member States or Associated Countries (countries that pay a share to the overall budget of FP7). For the SICA topics (see pg.11), a minimum of two countries from the targeted region outside the EU are required for the submission of a proposal.


  • Cooperation: Funds collaborative research projects in ten major thematic areas and networking activities between researchers around the world. International cooperation is an integral part of this programme.
  • Ideas: Supports high-level frontier and innovative research in all the basic sciences. Non-European researchers based in Europe can also apply. This action is implemented by the European Research Council.
  • People: Provides fellowships, training and exchange programmes in support of the mobility and career development of researchers. It is also known as Marie Curie Actions. Non-European researchers can apply in order to conduct research in European institutions.
  • Capacities: Supports research infrastructures, the innovative capabilities of small-medium enterprises (SMEs), regional research-driven clusters, and less advanced regions across Europe and its neighboring countries. It also supports the coherent development of research policies, the strengthening of the science in society, and international cooperation.



This programme is the core of FP7, representing two thirds of its overall budget. Research is carried out in ten key thematic areas:

  1. Health
  2. Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
  3. Information and Communication Technologies
  4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Material and New Production Technologies
  5. Energy
  6. Environment (including Climate Change)
  7. Transport (including Aeronautics)
  8. Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
  9. Security
  10. Space

The research priorities for most of these thematic areas can be found in the next section of this publication. The calls for proposals and all other relevant documents and information can be found at the Research and Innovation Participant Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/home



  1. Collaborative projects are carried out by consortia of participants from different countries. They are research-oriented projects with clearly defined scientific objectives and specific expected results.


  2. Networks of excellence are designed to bring a critical mass of research institutions that have a competence in a specific field in order to create a "virtual research centre" in this field.


  3. Coordination and support actions do not fund research projects per se, but the coordination and networking of projects and researchers, workshops and programmes to enhance dialogue, dissemination of knowledge, and international collaboration.


  4. Individual projects are funded by the Ideas Programme and are carried out by a "principal investigator" acting individually or by leading a national or a multinational research team.
  5. Support for the career development of researchers is provided by the People programme. Please see page 29 for more information on the Marie Curie Actions.

More information can be found at www.cordis.lu



Contacts in Europe


The NCP network is the main provider of advice and individual assistance on FP7 Programme in all Member States and Associated States. By using this service you can easily find the contact details of the designated National Contact Points for a country.

Since NCPs are appointed for each of the areas of FP7, when seeking support you should contact the NCP relevant to your area of interest Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) in Member States and Associated States.


Registered organizations on euraxess

The database of FP7/FP6 projects is a useful source of information; the abstracts of the projects include a list of the organisations involved



Finding partner

Are you Interested in participating in the Research projects within the EU 7th Framework Programme? Building/joining an international consortium is the first step to take part in EU 7th Framework Programme. Different tools have been created to publish your partner search as well as to search for partners:

Moreover, partner search tools have been created through different European funded projects, according to the different FP7 Themes as follows:


Need support?

  • Egypt NCPs:

The NCP network is the main provider of advice and individual assistance on FP7 Programme. Since NCPs are appointed for each of the areas of FP7, when seeking support you should contact the NCP relevant to your area of interest.


  • RDIN Focal Points:
    • RDIN is short for “Research, Development and Innovation Network” and is an integral component of the RDI Programme. The RDIN mission is to promote and facilitate the participation of Egyptian researchers in the European Research Area while maximizing the potential for Egypt to fully benefit from available opportunities under the 7th Framework Programme. More about the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

    • The RDIN is composed of a central unit in the Programme Implementation Office (PIO) at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) in Cairo and extends nationwide represented by RDIN Focal Points (FPs). The RDIN FPs are responsible to provide information, guidance and support to researchers in their organizations who wish to participate in different components of the FP7 programme.

    • The RDIN maintains a strong communication among its members and with the network of National Contact Points in Egypt as well as with European counterparts. RDIN organizes and participates in many activities in pursuit of its objectives, register on the RDI web site to receive regular information about these activities.

    • Find my Focal Point



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