Submission from the Office of Science
18 OCTOBER 2006
Division of funding within the thematic priorities
of the Co-operation Programme, Framework Programme 7
Following Lord Sainsbury's "Science Question
Time" appearance before the Science & Technology Select
Committee on 18 October 2006, the Committee asked for further
information on the division of funding within the thematic priorities
of the Framework Programme 7 (FP7) Cooperation Specific Programme.
In particular the Committee asked about the budget split across
the Environment (including climate change) theme; the Energy theme;
and research funded under the Euratom Programme.
I enclose at Annex A the budget allocation across
all the thematic priorities and the Euratom Programme which forms
the basis of the Finnish Presidency's negotiations with the European
Parliament, where their aim is to reach a Second Reading deal
shortly. Whilst the process of scrutiny of the European Parliament
has not yet concluded, it is unlikely that these figures will
change significantly as a consequence of their deliberations.
It is worth noting that all the thematic priorities will see an
increase in budget from FP6 to FP7, with the Cooperation Specific
Programme receiving approximately 65% of the total FP7 budget.
During Lord Sainsbury's appearance before the
Committee, some concern was expressed about the relative budget
of the Environment (including climate change) thematic priority
in comparison with other thematic priorities. It is important
to note that only looking at the budget allocations per thematic
priority does not necessarily give the full picture of funds available
or an indication to the relative importance of any one policy
area or sector. FP7 offers the opportunity for cross-disciplinary
research, enabling researchers to access funding from multiple
thematic priorities. The Energy thematic priority is a good example
where activities and objectives aimed at research that are relevant
to wider environmental issues such as climate change and energy
efficiency are given clear prioritythe Committee might
be interested to note that the European Parliament has asked that
a strong emphasis be given to renewables within this thematic
priority. I should add that the rational and efficient use of
energy has also been identified as a cross cutting theme across
the entire FP7 Cooperation Programme.