A key role for DIUS in European Activities is to oversee UK participation in the European Union's (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development – the EU’s primary funding mechanism for supporting and encouraging collaborative, trans-national RTD in the European Community. FP7 will run from 2007 to 2013 with an EC budget of €53billion.
DIUS is also responsible for UK involvement in the COST (European Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology) scheme.
The Technology Strategy Board funds a support service for UK-based organisations interested in exploiting the opportunities provided by FP7 including a web site, help line and a network of National Contact Points (NCPs). Full details can be found at http://www.fp7uk.co.uk