Projects funded by EU Programmes

Data Synthesis 2013

ENEA boasts a constant and successful presence in research and research-related programmes financed by the European Union.

The International Relation Service, through the constantly updated EU Project Database, works out a data synthesis on the ENEA participation in research programmes co-funded by the EU

ENEA Participation in the EU FP7

The EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) officially concluded on December, 2013, although the last contracts have been drawn up until early 2014. Hence, an overall view of ENEA participation in FP7 can be here outlined.

As of May, 2014, 165 contracts have been signed (125 for FP7 RTD and 40 for EURATOM Fission), with grants to ENEA totalling over € 47 million (fig. 1); the overall grant from participating in the previous Sixth Framework Programme (FP6 2002-2006) accounted for a little more than € 13 million (fig. 2)

The FP7 research themes where the Agency’s participation is stronger and most grants assigned are Energy, EURATOM Fission, Security and Infrastructures (fig.3). Particularly for Energy, ENEA is ranking very high among the most successful European participating research organizations.

ENEA coordinates 24 projects, thus the overall coordination rate under FP7 accounts for 14.6%, which is higher than the FP6 rate (13.4%).

Contracts Signed in 2013

In 2013, ENEA signed 61 new contracts with the European Commission, relating to as many projects co-funded by several programmes for a total financial contribution of approximately € 14.8 million (fig. 4), to be distributed over as many years as each contract is expected to be in place. 78% of the grants (fig. 5) received by ENEA in 2013 were from FP7 RTD programmes and EURATOM, whereas the remaining percentage comes from other programmes.

Contracts Underway in 2013

Overall, ENEA activities in 2013, co-funded by EU programmes, can be related to 184 projects, of which 123 are still underway although they started up in previous years; the overall EU co-funding is of over € 51 million (fig. 6), to be distributed over as many years as each contract is expected to be in place. This is the highest amount estimated so far and represents the whole of human and instrumental resources involved in activities co-funded by EU programmes.

The co-funds granted to ENEA for 2013 activities come from FP7 RTD and EURATOM, and from other programmes as well.

Amongst the activities under way, funded by programmes other than FP7, particularly important is the participation in the following programmes:

  • CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Programme): ENEA participates in the Enterprise Europe Network FRIEND Europe for the Triveneto regions, and in EEN B.R.I.D.G.€conomies for southern Italy regions
  • ENPI European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
  • EMRP European Metrology Research Programme
  • LIFE + A financial instrument for the implementation of the EU’s environmental policy
  • MED Transnational programme of European territorial cooperation in the Mediterranean Area
  • IEE Intelligent Energy Europe
  • CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence


Additional funds are granted by the EURATOM/ENEA Association on nuclear fusion, which is an exception to the rule for its particular duration and the considerable amount granted by the EU; for 2013, the Agency was granted a fund of approximately € 4.5 million.

Since 1990, the International Relations Service has been working out and releasing the data synthesis on contracts signed by ENEA and funded by EU programmes, with the aim of both making all information on projects under way more easily available and of providing the Agency with elements useful to outline its strategic policy planning.