7th Framework Programme

From this page, you have access to the information you need to take part in European projects in the KBBE thematic priority of FP7.

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The KBBE theme in brief

Budget: € 1.9 billion over a period of 7 years (2007 - 2013).
Objective: to build the European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy.

The KBBE will play an important role in a global economy, where knowledge is the best way to increase productivity and competitiveness and improve our quality of life, while protecting our environment and social model. It is a sector estimated to be worth more than € 1.5 trillion per year.

KBBE addresses the following needs:

  • growing demand for safer, healthier, higher quality food;
  • sustainable use and production of renewable bio-resources;
  • increasing risk of epizootic and zoonotic diseases and food related disorders;
  • sustainability and security of agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries production;
  • increasing demand for high quality food, taking into account animal welfare and rural and coastal contexts and response to specific dietary needs of consumers

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The European Technology Platforms (ETP) will play an important role in the evolution of European R&D: they will help to define the research objectives of the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
ETPS regroup, in a defined key-sector, research and innovation actors such as industries, SMEs, public and private research organisations. They are coordinated by industrial leaders on the sector. This structure allows the development of a useful R&D policy that will be acceptable to the industry.

The European Technology Platforms should:

  • Stimulate European research;
  • Help increase R&D investments in quality and quantity in key sectors, in order to improve competitiveness;
  • Accelerate innovation in the key sectors;
  • Create jobs thanks to innovation and R&D;
  • Cut down barriers which slow down the transformation of new technologies into added value for the economy;
  • Define the sector's long-term objectives in a "Vision Paper" and a "Strategic Research Agenda" with specific R&D objectives to be reached in this sector.

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