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FP7 Financial Info and FAQs --> Differences between FP6 and FP7 --> Changes in Terminology

Some changes in terminology from FP6 have been introduced - most of them for no apparent reason. It is important to list them for the sake of clarity. There are many ambiguities apparent and different use is made depending on the particular research theme. So far we find the following:


Original Terminology

Replacement Terminology




International Cooperation Partner Countries


Funding Schemes

This is clearer

Financial Guidelines

Financial Rules

Unsure if this gives them more legal power

Model Contract

Model Grant Agreement

Unsure if this changes their legal standing

Necessary costs

Costs used solely to achieve Project Objectives

Appears to be a purely legal clarification

Specific Targeted Research Project

Small or medium-scale focused research actions

New formal name for what was a STREP

Integrated Project

Large-scale integrating projects

New formal name for what was an IP

IPs and STREPs

Collaborative projects

Different implementations in ICT and other programs

“Coordination Actions” and “Specific Support Actions”

“Coordination and Support Actions” (CSA)

Adding a layer like this is odd

Specific Support Action (SSA)

Support Action (SA)


Coordination Action

Coordination or networking actions

CA type of project

Guide for Proposer

Guide for Applicants




This is because Contract has been renamed Agreement. No contract, no contractor.



Grant Agreement Preparation Forms

Audit Certificate

Certificate on Financial Statement

We think former term will continue to be used informally


In looking through the initial work programs we can see little consistency in the use of the new terminology across the ten themes. It remains to be seen if these changes become broadly used or whether old terms will continue in practice.

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