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December 15, 2010

The European Union Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is the main mechanism by which the European Union funds research and development, both within the European Union as well as outside of Europe. This funding program has a budget of more than €50 billion between 2007 and 2013. FP money is spent on grants to European and non-European researchers to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects. All aspects of FP7 are open to participation by Thai researchers and institutions including:

  • Research groups at universities or research institutes
  • Companies looking to innovate
  • SME’s and SME associations
  • Government bodies (local, regional or national)
  • Post-graduate students
  • Institutions running trans-national research infrastructures

The European Framework Programme is Europe’s largest funding opportunity for research and development in all scientific domains.  The motivation for participating in FP7 projects varies but some researchers with experience in FPs have identified some potential benefits to participating:

  • Raising the scientific profile of Thailand’s research within the EU
  • Opportunity to engage at the forefront of international scientific research
  • Access to knowledge and technologies of pan-European consortia
  • Information on future trends in research
  • Leveraging national R&D funding
  • Potential to build new scientific networks and markets
  • Training and research fellowships

More information on FP7 can be found at:

Recognizing these benefits, NSTDA’s International Cooperation Division has established an FP7 Support Office which is working to increase the level of participation by Thailand’s research community in FP7.  We are doing this by establishing a national support system to help researchers interested in participating in FP7 funded projects.  These support activities include:

  • Setting up an FP7 network of “National Contact Points” across Thailand who can assist in accessing FP7
  • Organizing a regular series of FP7 Information Days
  • Informing researchers on open calls for proposals
  • Providing financial and administrative advice
  • Conducting EU-Thailand scientific Workshops

Thailand currently leads ASEAN in the number of FP7 funded projects with a total of 27 projects involving 32 Thai partners, a significant increase over FP6. The total value of these projects is in excess of €64 million. NSTDA has been or is currently involved in the following FP7 projects:

SEA-EU-NET Project
SEA-EU-NET is a four year project funded under FP7 and aims at increasing the quality, quantity, profile and impact of bi-regional science and technology (S&T) cooperation between the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Member- and Associated States of the European Union (EU).

INCONTACT – one world
INCONTACT-one world aims at stimulating closer cooperation among FP7 National Contact Points involved in international cooperation as well as raising awareness about FP7 among in non-EU countries.

SEACOOP is an initiative supported by the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat and aiming at strengthening S&T SEACOOP is an initiative supported by the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat and aiming at strengthening S&T cooperation in ICT between Europe and Southeast Asia. One of the main expected outputs is the development of joint ICT research projects.

The BIOCIRCLE Project is working to increase the participation of researchers from outside Europe in research projects under the Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology theme (FAFB) of FP7

EUAsia Grid
The project’s main goal will be to pave the way towards an Asian e-Science Grid infrastructure. It will take advantage of existing global Grid technologies, with the specific emphasis on the European experience with gLite middleware and the
applications running on top of it.  Its main actions will be information dissemination, training, and supporting scientific applications.

Useful Documents

  • "Science at the Service of Europe" - A guide to the 2010 Annual Activity Report of the EC's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation >> click here

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