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The future budget of the most ambitious Framework Programme (FP7) ever has yet to be decided. However, the UK Presidency is taking steps towards a next draft of the FP7 proposal (next steps are highlighted below). With an overall budget of nearly €65 billion, the current proposal is double the annual spending of FP6. The initiative revolves around four specific programmes: Co-operation, Ideas, People and Capacities.
The ‘People’ programme will establish a coherent set of Marie Curie Actions – which began purely as mobility fellowships but are now becoming comprehensive research career development tools – addressing researchers at all stages of their professional lives, from early-stage research training to lifelong training opportunities. The main lines of the Marie Curie Actions under the ‘People’ programme are:
Based off the most recent Competitiveness Council debate, the UK presidency will compile the feedback on all four specific programmes. With this information, the UK presidency is planning a partial redraft of the FP7 proposal which will serve as a basis for reaching a partial general approach to be discussed in the Competitiveness Council by its next meeting on 28-29 November 2005.