Brussels, 08 September 2008
The "Practical Guide to EU funding for research, development and innovation", launched today provides with user-friendly information on combining the different funding sources; it includes a description of each fund, advices for policy makers and an innovative Checklist and Scorecard. The Checklist and Scorecard allow potential beneficiaries to quickly identify exactly how they can access European funding at every stage of the development and implementation of a project.
The EU possesses three key funding instruments to support research and innovation: the 7th Research Framework Programme; the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and Cohesion policy which is funded through the Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund.
When operating individually, these three funding sources already act as effective tools in support of RTDI. However, their value can be further enhanced by combining them.
The Practical Guide arises directly from the conclusions of the European Commission's Communication "Competitive European Regions through Research and Innovation", adopted in August 2007, which examined the current situation in relation to EU funding for research and innovation and called on Member States and regions to make more effective use of the available funding instruments.
In order to ensure that it responds to the real needs of potential beneficiaries of the funds, a public consultation was undertaken on a draft version of the guide.
From today, the official text of the Practical Guide is available for download in English from CORDIS, the official portal of FP7, at the link
The guide will soon be available in the other Community languages and will also be developed as a user friendly web based application.
 COM (2007) 474 of 16/08/2007