- Fair and reasonable conditions
Appropriate conditions including possible financial terms taking into account the specific circumstances of the request for access, for example the actual or potential value of the foreground or background to which access is requested and/or the scope, duration or other characteristics of the use envisaged.
- Flat Rate
Results, including information, whether or not they can be protected, which are generated by a project. Such results include rights related to copyright, design rights, patent rights, plant variety rights, or similar forms of protection.
- Forms (Annex to Grant Agreement)
Annex III – Accession Form – Accession of beneficiaries to the grant agreement
Annex IV – Form C – Financial statement per funding scheme
Annex VA – Terms of reference for the Certificate on the Financial Statements (CFS)
Annex VB – Terms of reference for the Certificate on the Methodology
The European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (time span: 2007-2013). FP7 is the European Union's main instrument for funding research in Europe from 2007 until 2013. FP7 is structured in four types of activities: trans-national cooperation on policy-defined themes ('Cooperation'), investigator-driven research based on initiatives of the research community ('Ideas'), support of individual researchers ('People'), and support of research capacities ('Capacities').
- Frontier Research
The term 'frontier research' reflects a new understanding of basic research. On one hand it denotes that basic research in science and technology is of critical importance to economic and social welfare, and on the other that research at and beyond the frontiers of understanding is an intrinsically risky venture, progressing on new and most exiting research areas and is characterized by an absence of disciplinary boundaries.
Support for investigator driven 'frontier' research can be obtained by individual national or transnational research teams through the FP7 funding schemes that are implemented by the European Research Council (ERC).
- Funding limit (upper)
The reimbursement of eligible costs must be established following the principles of co-financing and non-profit. The upper funding limit fixes the maximum rate of reimbursement per activity and per beneficiary. However, the resulting total EU funding for the project cannot go beyond the maximum financial contribution indicated in Article 5 of the EC Grant Agreement.
For ERC 'frontier' research grants the upper funding limit is 100% of the total direct eligible costs. Indirect costs are reimbursed by a flat-rate of 20% of the total direct eligible costs, excluding the costs for subcontracting and the costs of resources made available by third parties which are not used on the premises of the beneficiary.
- Funding Scheme
Activities supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) are funded through a range of ‘Funding Schemes’. These schemes are used, either alone or in combination, to fund actions implemented throughout the Framework. The Funding Schemes of FP7 are set out in Annex III to the FP7.
The FP7 Funding Schemes are primarily implemented on the basis of public calls for proposals for the following kinds of projects:
1. Collaborative projects
2. Networks of Excellence
3. Coordination and support actions (CSA): Support for activities aimed at coordinating or supporting research activities and policies (networking, exchanges, trans-national access to research infrastructures, studies, conferences, etc.). These actions may also be implemented by means other than calls for proposals.
4. Support for ‘frontier’ research: Support for projects carried out by individual national or transnational research teams. This scheme is used to support investigator-driven ‘frontier’ research projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
5. Support for training and career development of researchers (Marie Curie Actions)
6. Research for the benefit of specific groups (in particular SMEs)