The European Union, through the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, has funded a range of projects with a research focus on family and child-related issues in Europe. They were funded under the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh (FP7, 2007 - 2013 ) Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development and have produced a range of relevant outputs. Most of these are described in this section. Examples of studies financed under different EU programmes are also presented. Projects are listed under three main topics: Demography & Fertility, Youth, and Work-related Family Issues with short descriptions regarding their research objectives and scope. Further information on key findings and other project-related sources can be accessed via the links provided.
Projects dealing with significant demographic and societal changes impacting the living situation of children and families.
Projects focussing on child well-being and young people in the context of social change, including parenting and childcare, vulnerable children and the transition to adulthood.
Projects focussing on work-life balance in families and for working women, as well as fostering family-friendly workplaces, engaging fathers and promoting the financial well-being of families.