As I’ve said before on this blog, food issues don’t recognise national borders, so it’s important that we co-ordinate our work with others working on common issues. It’s good to see that the European Community has adopted formally its new Framework Programme for Research, FP7.
FP7 will provide 54 billion euros over the 7 years from 2007, including 1.9 billion euros for collaborative research on a theme of Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, and Biotechnology. While I might admit to a passing pang of envy at the size of this budget, I see this as a great opportunity to develop our co-ordination with European partners.
We work with partners here and in Europe to help shape the priorities for this programme, and we also provide advice to potential applicants, and collaborate with successful projects – including by providing co-funding for projects of interest.