European Union Research and Development Framework Programme

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many British companies have (a) applied to and (b) received the European Union Research and Development Framework programme in each of the last three years.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry

The European Commission is responsible for providing member states with data on the implementation of the Framework programme. The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) covered the years 2003 to 2007. The data provided by the European Commission on total applications for funding are by member state total and not broken down by organisation type.

The data provided by the European Commission show that, in 2004, there were 9,105 UK applicants; 2,341 applicants received funding in this year, of which 429 were classified as industry participants.

In 2005 11,711 UK participants applied for funding from FP6; 2,328 applicants received funding in this year, of which 432 were classified as industry participants.

The European Commission data for 2006 cover the entire year for total applicants, but only cover projects signed up to July 2006 for specific organisation type. 4,036 UK participants applied for funding; with 2,049 applicants receiving funding; 70 of these were classified as industry participants.

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