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Ideas (FP7)

"Ideas" is the second Specific Programme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development - FP7. The programme fosters investigator-driven frontier research. It is implemented through the European Research Council - ERC and consists of three ERC core funding schemes and two additional schemes (Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants, Synergy Grants and Proof of Concept)

The objective of the FP7 specific programme ‘Ideas’ is to reinforce excellence, dynamism and creativity in European research and improve the attractiveness of Europe for the best researchers from both European and third countries, as well as for industrial research investment, by providing a Europe-wide competitive funding structure, in addition to and not replacing national funding, for ‘frontier research’ executed by individual teams.