The complete name of FP7 is 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It is the European Union’s main instrument for funding research in Europe.
FP7, which applies to the years 2007-2013, is the natural successor to the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), and is the result of years of consultation with the scientific community, research and policy making institutions, and other interested parties. The programme has a total budget of over €50 billion dedicated to research, technological development and demonstration projects throughout Europe and beyond.
CORES is a small-medium scale collaborative focused research project called under topic ENERGY.2007.2.6.1: New Components and Concepts for Ocean Energy Convertors.
One key aspect of the European added value of FP7 is the transnationality of many actions: research projects are carried out by consortia which include participants from different European (and other) countries; fellowships in FP7 require mobility over national borders. Indeed, many research challenges are so complex that they can only be addressed at European level. The CORES project brings together 13 partners across 7 European countries.
FP7 is both larger and more comprehensive than its predecessors. It is also more flexible, with simplified procedures.The Framework Programmes for Research have two main strategic objectives: