1. Introduction
  2. What kind of programme is usually funded?
  3. What kind of participant is usually funded? – Participation rules
  4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models
  5. Where can I get consultation?
  6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?
  7. Where can I get more information?

1. Introduction

The specific programme “Cooperation” is the largest funding area (based on financial volume) in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), thus forming its main pillar. It is tied to already-seasoned actions from FP6 (STREPs, IPs etc.) and sustains these thematically with little alteration. In the context of the programme the following, in particular, are called upon for strengthened, cross-border collaboration in the area of research and development: universities, research facilities, industry/enterprises (especially SMEs) as well as other actors within the EU.


2. What kind of programme is usually funded?

Depending on the Call for Proposals, forms (i.e. instruments) of all kinds for funding are possible: from joint projects of different sizes to coordination-, support-, network-projects, to support of the coordination between national and regional funding instruments (ERA-Net). The contents of the cooperation projects comprise a wide spectrum of research actions in the context of cross-border collaboration.

The lines for funding are orientated, respectively, to 10 predetermined subject areas:

  1. Health
  2. Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Bio-Technology
  3. Information and Communication Technologies
  4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnology, materials and new production technologies
  5. Energy
  6. Environment (including climate change)
  7. Transport (including aeronautics)
  8. Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities
  9. Aerospace
  10. Security

The international cooperation between the EU and third countries, i.e. the integration of international partners, has become basically possible once again and is even desired. A privileged status is granted to the partner countries of the EU (associated nations, candidate countries) and ICPC* partner countries, for example South Africa, China, India, Georgia, Venezuela, etc. For joint projects with these partner countries, special Calls for Proposals are foreseen.

* ICPC- partner countries: International Cooperation Partner Countries (partner countries in the international collaboration)


3. What kind of participant is usually funded? – Participation rules

Legal entities eligible to participate

  • Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences (formerly known as “Technical Colleges” or “Fachhochschulen”)
  • Non-university research facilities
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Enterprises with aspirations for innovation (from industry, commerce, etc)
  • Public facilities such as official offices
  • Consultation facilities, etc.

Nations eligible to participate

  • EU-27
  • Associated nations (Iceland, Israel, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey)
  • Partner countries of the International Cooperation (ICPC-Nations)
  • Third countries (USA, Canada etc.) => receive as a rule no funding!

Make-up of the consortium

  • At least three independent legal entities from three different countries (third countries do not count as minimum partners)
  • Possible exceptions and special cases are specified in the respective work programmes


4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models

For the specific programme “cooperation”, an overall budget of 32,413 billion euro is planned.
The budget allocation for the individual subject areas can be seen in the following graph:

Budget Allocation in the Specific Programme "Collaboration/Cooperation" of the FP7

For a larger view click on the image.

Depending on the type of project, participants and activity, the following quotes are given (not valid for SME-specific projects!):

Research & Technology development:
75% for Universities / Universities of Applied Sciences, research facilities & SMEs
50% for all other legal entities

Demonstration activities:
50% for all legal entities

Coordination, audit costs and other activities:
100% for all legal entities

Coordination/ Support Actions:
100% for all legal entities

Costs worthy of funding:
Personnel, travel, materials, infrastructure, miscellaneous costs, external services, general costs, etc.


5. Where can I get consultation?

For the individual topics of the specific programme “Cooperation”, there is a network available for you from National Contact Point of the Federal Government:


6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?

Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH
Prinzregentenstr. 52
D-80538 Munich

Phone: +49 89 9901888-0
Fax: +49 89 9901888-29


7. Where can I get more information?

The national contact site presents itself at the following links:


KoWi - Coordination site EC of the scientific organisations:

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