European Union's 6th Framework Programme (FP6) is the Unionís main instrument for the funding of
research in Europe. Proposed by the Commission and adopted by the Council and Parliament in co-decision, it is open to all public and private entities, large or small.
The overall budget covering the four-year period 2003 - 2006 is 17.5 billion Euro, representing
an increase of 17% from the Fifth Framework Programme and making up 3.9% of the
Unionís total budget (2001), and 6% of the Unionís public (civilian) research budget. There
are no national quotas for FP6 funds.
Seven key areas for the advancement of knowledge and technological progress within FP6
have been chosen:
Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health
Information Society Technologies
Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences
Aeronautics and Space
Food Quality and Safety
Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems
Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-based Society
With a view towards achieving the biggest possible impact over 12 billion Euro is being allocated to these thematic areas.
Below are some helpful links and downloadable resources about the FP6.