The Cooperation programme supports all types of research activities carried out by different research bodies in trans-national cooperation. It aims to gain or consolidate European leadership in key scientific and technology areas.
The Cooperation programme budget of €32.4 billion is devoted to supporting cooperation between universities, industry, research centres and public authorities throughout the EU and beyond.

The programme is sub-divided into ten distinct themes. Each theme is operationally autonomous but aims to maintain coherence within the Cooperation Programme and allowing for joint activities cutting across different themes, through, for example, joint calls.

The ten themes listed in the left-hand menu reflect the most important fields of knowledge and technology where research excellence is particularly important to improve Europes ability to address its social, economic, public health, environmental and industrial challenges of the future.

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Public Private Partnerships

As part of the European Economic Recovery Plan, the Commission launched its first call for three Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) on July 30th 2009. The initiatives are "Factories of the Future", "Energy Efficient Buildngs" and the "Green Car". The third call is due end of July 2011. For information on the individual PPP's Read more

Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as its main target, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) supports innovation activities (including eco-innovation), provides better access to finance and delivers business support services in the regions.

The CIP runs from 2007 to 2013 with an overall budget of € 3621 million.

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