Call for Proposals - FP7 - Unlocking and developing the Research Potential of research entities established in the EU ́s Convergence regions and Outermost regions FP7-REGPOT-2011-1 Closed!


Stimulating the realisation of the full research potential of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing existing or emerging excellence in the EU's Convergence regions and Outermost regions, and helping to strengthen the capacities of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at European Union level.

The action aims at strengthening the potential of research entities established in the Convergence and Outermost regions of the European Union (EU) that need new knowledge and support to realise their development. It will help to enhance the capacity of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at EU level. It will therefore tackle a variety of challenges such as 'brain gain' through networking with other European world class research players and industry, upgrading of relevant RTD infrastructure, recruitment of experienced researchers and institutional mobilization as well as dynamic contribution to the regional or European sustainable socio-economic development.


This Activity will enable highest quality or most promising research entities of significant size (such as University Departments, Faculties, specialised Research Institutes or important size research laboratories with at least 10 permanent experienced researchers) in the eligible regions, qualified in any S&T field within the scope of EU research eligible under the EU FP7, to become actively integrated in the ERA.

In the proposal, the applicant research entities have to provide evidence of their excellence in research and of their leadership potential in the scientific fields of their competence. They should include a clear description of their RTD objectives, their main research activities and demonstrate a promising track-record of achievements; self-assess their research accomplishments to demonstrate their potential and expertise; describe the organisation of their entity (who is doing what, short description of available research facilities in terms of staff and durable equipment); provide short CVs of the most important researchers of their entity, a list of most recent and significant publications or patents, collaborations with other RTD entities in the country or elsewhere, possible participation in research programmes or activities funded by the European Commission, other national or international organisations or the private sector (SMEs, industry, end-users), etc.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 64,68 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 07 December 2010 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - Research Potential (Work programme)
  • Call for Proposals - FP7-REGPOT-2011-1 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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