The “Cooperation” Programme is the Core Programme of FP7 and is the largest component representing two thirds of the overall budget (€32.413 Billion).

This programme promotes and supports collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through transnational consortia projects involving industry, academia, research centres and public authorities.

Collaborative research is promoted in the following TEN technology sectors under this programme. These technology sectors are called “Thematic Areas” in FP7.

The programme is sub-divided into following ten different themes /sectors/ areas:

Health - The aim of Health area is to augment European citizens’ health and enhance the competitiveness of health-related industries and businesses by addressing global health issues such as anti-microbial resistance, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and emerging pandemics.Read more...

Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology - The aim is to construct a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE).
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Information and Communication Technologies - The main aim is to improve the competitiveness of European industry - as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met. Read more...

Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies - The objective is to improve the competitiveness of European industry and generate the knowledge needed to transform it from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry. Read more...

Energy - It aims to adapt the current energy system into a more sustainable, competitive and secure one. It should also depend less on imported fuels and use a diverse mix of energy sources, in particular renewables, energy carriers and non polluting sources. Read more...

Environment (including Climate Change) - It manages both the man-made and natural environment and its resources by increasing the knowledge on the interaction between the climate, biosphere, ecosystems and human activities, new environmentally-friendly technologies should be developed. Read more...

Transport (including Aeronautics) - It aims to develop safer, 'greener' and 'smarter' pan-European transport systems that will benefit all citizens, respect the environment, and increase the competitiveness of European industries in the global market. Read more...

Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities - The main aim is to develop an in-depth, shared understanding of the complex and interrelated socio economic challenges Europe is confronted with. Read more...

Space - It supports a European Space Programme focusing on applications such as 'Global monitoring for environment and security' (GMES) with benefits for citizens and for the competitiveness of the European space industry. Read more...

Security - It aims to develop technologies and knowledge needed to ensure the security of citizens from threats such as terrorism and (organized) crime, natural disasters and industrial accidents while respecting fundamental human rights; to ensure optimal and concerted use of available and evolving technologies to the benefit of civil European security; to stimulate the cooperation of providers and users for civil security solutions; improving the competitiveness of the European security industry and delivering mission-oriented results to reduce security gaps. Read more...

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