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Essential dos and don'ts > Essential dos and don'ts - Pg. 33

Bidding for Research Funding 33 March 2007 with a budget of 50.5 billion euros, has been the EU's chief instrument for funding research over the period 2007­2013. Detailed infor- mation on the programme is available from its website at http://cordis. europa.eu/fp7 , and from the EU research portal at http://ec.europa.eu/ research/ . The structure and content of the next Framework Programme (FP8, which will coordinate research initiatives over the period 2014­2020) and the EU's new Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation were under discussion at the time of writing (August 2011). The Participant Portal's FP7 calls section ( http://ec.europa.eu/research/ participants/portal/page/fp7_calls ) is the authoritative website for information and documentation on FP7 calls for proposals and tenders. A User's Guide to FP7 and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme is available online from the Participant Portal. The comprehensive range of FP7 publications downloadable from Cordis includes guidance documents on proposal sub- mission and rules on the procedures for evaluation, selection and award. The process of evaluating FP7 proposals is outlined in Chapter 23. The Cordis site also offers a brief guide for SMEs on how to participate in European research projects. Constructing a strong and cohesive partnership of complementary organ- izations is one of the keys to success in winning FP7 funding as in other areas of bidding (Chapter 11). Research partners are expected to manage