The Regional Contact Point was established (as the Contact Point for 6th FP) at the Regional Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer Ltd. on 1 April 2003. Its main purpose is to provide information and advice concerning the EU’s 7th Framework Program to Polish research centres and innovative enterprises.
Parties eligible to participate
Financial support within EU’s 7th Framework Program was offered to legal subjects seated in:
- EU member countries;
- countries affiliated to EU;
- candidate countries;
- third countries.
The subjects should have conducted research or spread and implement the research results. The following subjects could have participated:
- indyvidual persons;
- industrial and trade companies including SMEs;
- research centres;
- institutions spreading new technologies.
One of the most important objectives of the European Committee is consolidation the scientific and technology base of the European industry, and to provide high level of European economy competitiveness on international area. To achieve this objective, Committee encourages the scientific centres, universities and entrepreneurships (especially SME) and other institutions to make research and undertake other activities for technology development. This kind of activities will have positive impact on economic, social and cultural development of all member states and there will contribute to strengthening of European Research Area (ERA), which creation has been started in the 6th Framework Programme and will be continued in the 7th FP.
In March 2000 in Lisbon the European Council indicated new strategic objective for next decade: making the European Union the most competitive and dynamic, knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth, which more and better jobs and greater social cohesion to ensure. The knowledge triangle, which has been creating by education, research and innovation is necessary to achieve this objective and its basic instrument is the 7th FP.
According to the Lisbon Strategy, the European Council on the meeting in Barcelona in March 2002 agreed, that expenses for research, technology development and innovation in EU should be increased, so that till 2010 they will approach to the level of 3% GDP. Two-thirds of these expenses should come from private sector. The challenge of implementation this objective undertakes the 7th FP through number of new initiatives such as European Technology Platforms – ETP and Joint Technology Initiatives - JTI).