FP7 in Ireland
Ireland has already benefitted greatly from previous EU Framework programmes, with our third level and company-based researchers drawing down almost €200 million from the Sixth EU Framework Programme.
The Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) was launched at the end of 2006 with a budget of approximately €50 billion covering the period 2007 to 2013. Under the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) 2006-2013, Ireland has set a goal to become a leader in research and development and innovation. The SSTI sets a target of €400 million to be secured by Irish participants in FP7. This target was set, however, before the final structure and budgets for FP7 had been finalised.
At the start of FP7, work took place to establish a set of indicators by which Irish participation in FP7 would be monitored and to propose a new, more detailed set of targets for Irish participation in the programme up to the end of 2013. Based on the work undertaken, the Cabinet Committee has agreed that the total share of EU funding to be targeted by Ireland over the lifetime of FP7 should be in the region of €600 million.
The National Support Network for FP7 in Ireland was established in 2006 to ensure that Ireland gets maximum benefit from FP7.
Benefits of EU research funding to Ireland 2004-2009
This report outlines how Ireland has benefitted from EU research and innovation funding over the past 5 years.
Snapshot of Ireland National Targets for FP7 2011
A snapshot of Ireland's National Targets and Achievements to date