The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) cleared its final hurdle on 18 December 2006 when it was adopted by the Council of the European Union.

The new programme starts on 1 January 2007 and will run for seven years. The total budget is €50.521 billion.

FP7 will be implemented through four specific programmes:
- Cooperation - collaborative research;
- Ideas - the establishment of a European Research Council (ERC) to support frontier research;
- People - human resources;
- Capacities - research infrastructure and potential research capacity.

Research in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) remains one of the research themes under the 'Cooperation' specific programme

It focuses on building a better understanding of the socio-economic, political and culture-related challenges facing Europe, for example in relation to economic growth, employment and competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainability, quality of life, interdependence between world regions, conflicts, human rights and citizenship. It will be supported by a € 623 million budget.

In addition, socio-economic sciences and humanities can benefit from the specific programmes 'Ideas' and 'People' as well as play an important role in other thematic priorities of the specific programme 'Cooperation', and in the programme 'Capacities'.

With the view to getting on quickly with the implementation of FP7, on 21 December the Commission  adopted provisionally the first work-programme of FP7 and published today a call for proposals which is meant to cover its research funding activities for the year 2007 and includes important provisions for the socio-economic sciences and humanities.

The call for proposals is expected to absorb the budget of 2007 and may also absorb additional funds from the budget of 2008. Some indicative information can be found in the relevant guides for proposers.

All these documents are accessible on the internet through

The FP7 calls are now available on CORDIS at the following URL:

On 22 January the team, responsible for the areas "Research in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities" of the "Cooperation" programme, and "Science in Society" of the "Capacities" programme, are organizing a " proposer's day" in Brussels where  will be present and discuss the work-programmes, the rules that govern them and the procedures used for their implementation.

To know more about this event, please visit :

Registrations take place through

The Commission will not reimburse expenses to participants.