Pakistan Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology to Collaborate with EU in Innovative Research
On September 12, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) along with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will collaborate with European Commission Delegation in Islamabad to arrange a one-day seminar on “EU Funding under Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)”. The aim of the seminar is to promote high-quality research projects in Pakistan and to provide a better opportunity for researchers from Pakistan and the EU countries to correspond and coordinate. The funding for FP7 started in 2007 and will end in 2013.
The Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, simply called Framework Programmes, is part of the effort from the EU to work with researchers and scientists from the developing countries to advance together in various technological fields.
Each year there is a different focus on an area of research to be funded under the European Research Area (ERA). The First Framework Programme was started in 1984 and ended in 1988 and had a budget of €3.75 billion. The FP7 has a budget of €50 billion approximately.
This year the focus will be put on the importance of knowledge and simultaneously improving research capacities. Without proper knowledge, capacitating research and promoting culture of scientific findings will not be accomplished. EU is amongst the major funding international organisations which help promote programmes that support research and innovative scientific efforts around the world.
According to the Daily Times, this is the biggest ever set of calls for proposals from the EU for research under FP7. The next programme will be Horizon 2020, which will be the framework for research and development for the period 2014 to 2020.