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Our experts have been involved in research and innovation related projects since 1999. In this section we summarize what you need to know on FP7, the rules of applying for a grant and how to manage a running project.
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EU objectives. These include
European Union programmes
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in partnership - can directly
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you compete on a European
(even world-wide) level and
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Indirect grants support normally national / regional objectives. You compete on national/regional
level and individually
or in partnership
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Budget: EUR 450 million
Legal basis: Regulation (EC) No 1692/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 establishing the second 'Marco Polo' programme for the granting of Community financial assistance to improve the environmental performance of the freight transport system (Marco Polo II) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1382/2003
Marco Polo is the European Union's funding programme for projects, which shift freight transport from the road to sea, rail and inland waterways. It supports actions aiming to reduce congestion, to improve the environmental performance of the transport system, and to enhance intermodal transport, i.e. to facilitate the efficiency and sustainability of transport systems throughout Europe.
The main objectives of Marco Polo are to:
- Reduce congestion
- Improve environmental performance of transport systems
- Enhance intermodal transport systems
- Encourage public private partnerships
Marco Polo II programme is implemented through five types of actions:
- Modal Shift Actions
- Catalyst Actions
- Common Learning Actions
- Motorways of the Sea
- Traffic Avoidance
General conditions for any kind of action:
- Must be innovative on a European level
- Aims at a modal shift that must be actual, measurable and sustainable
- Will not lead to any distortions in the competition of the relevant markets
- Prove transparent objectives and non-discriminatory procedures for selection of the relevant services
- Involve at least two eligible countries
Only projects concerning freight transport services may be supported by the Marco Polo programme. Infrastructure projects, research or study projects are not eligible for support.
Originally the Marco Polo programmes were managed by DG Energy and Transport of the European Commission. Since 1 March 2008, the Marco Polo programme management task has been transferred officially from DG Energy & Transport to the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI). Calls for proposals are published annually. The subsidy is action type dependent: 35% for Modal shift actions, Catalyst actions, Motorways of the sea actions and Traffic avoidance actions; and 50% for Common Learning actions.
Both single undertakings as well as consortia, established in an EU Member State or coming from EFTA/EEA countries or Croatia, may receive support*.
However, only costs arising on the territories of EU Member States or countries, which have concluded Special Agreements (e.g. Memorandum of Understanding) with the EU are eligible for Marco Polo funding.
*The participation of undertakings from other Candidate States is possible without such a special agreement. However, project costs arising on the territory of these Candidate States are neither eligible for funding under Marco Polo, nor can the environmental benefits generated on their territory contribute to the project key figures. Undertakings from third countries not fully participating to the Marco Polo II programme cannot be lead partners of a project; they therefore need to be part of a wider consortium, headed by an undertaking from an EU Member State or a fully participating country.
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