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Research and Innovation

Information on projects funded in this area can be found on the Find a Project page, where you can browse projects using the 'Activity Areas' search option.

Main objectives:

Improving Europe's innovation performance by stimulating a better integration between research and innovation and by working towards a more innovation-friendly policy and regulatory environment. Enhancing the propensity to turn research into useful and commercially valuable innovations. color identification

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Calls for this activity

Types of actions:

:: Networking the players and encouraging interaction

  • encourage and validate initiatives to promote creation of innovative businesses
  • exchange of good practices with regard to communication, train-ing, transfer of knowledge

:: Encouraging transregional cooperation

  • promote exchange of information, facilitate transfer of good practice and put in place regional innovation strategies
  • Experimenting with new tools and approaches

:: Putting services in place and consolidating them

  • Innovation Relay Centres
  • Information and support services in the field of intellectual and industrial property rights and access to innovation funding

:: Stepping up economic and technological intelligence

  • Innovation promotion in SMEs
  • Gathering, analysis and dissemination of information on S&T; developments, applications and markets
  • identification and dissemination of best practice

:: Analysing and evaluating innovation in Community research projects


The indicative budget allocated to the Structuring activity Research and innovation for the duration of FP6 is EUR 319 million .

Links to previous activities:

Work undertaken on FP5 related to this area can be found under the Horizontal Programme Promotion of innovation and encouragement of SME participation at

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