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The specific programme on 'Cooperation' supports all types of research activities carried out by different research bodies in trans-national cooperation and aims to gain or consolidate leadership in key scientific and technology areas.

FP7 allocates EUR 32 413 million to the Cooperation programme. The budget will be devoted to supporting cooperation between universities, industry, research centres and public authorities throughout the EU and beyond.

The Cooperation programme is sub-divided into ten distinct themes. Each theme is operationally autonomous but aims to maintain coherence within the Cooperation Programme and allowing for joint activities cutting across different themes, through, for example, joint calls.

 

Within the research theme Health of FP7, the European Union supports health-related research and research cooperation in order to improve the health of European citizens, while also boosting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the European health sector. Global issues such as emerging epidemics are also addressed.

Emphasis will be put on translational research (translation of basic discoveries in clinical applications including scientific validation of experimental results), the development and validation of new therapies, methods for health promotion and prevention including promotion of healthy ageing, diagnostic tools and medical technologies, as well as sustainable and efficient healthcare systems.

EU research will also contribute to the development of new norms and standards to set up an appropriate legislative framework for new medical technologies (e.g. regenerative medicine). European research and innovation in the field of alternative testing strategies, in particular non-animal methods, will ensure global leadership in addressing public and stakeholder concerns about the continuing use of animals in biomedical research and could, in addition, provide a market for certain sectors of industry.

The "Health" theme is built around three major activities:

Biotechnology, generic tools and medical technologies for human health.

Translating research for human health.

Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens.

Research activities carried out within this framework should respect fundamental ethical principles, including those which are reflected in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The FP7 budget earmarked a total of € 6 billion for the Health theme over the duration of FP7.