January 20 2004. A new DTI initiative (FP6UK) has established a network of national contact points with a single centralised information and promotion service to help UK organisations access the funding available through the EU's current framework programme (FP6). The programme has an overall budget of €17.5 billion and will run until the end of 2006. Most of the budget is devoted to seven themes, which range from life sciences and IT, to food, sustainable development and governance. SMEs and academic research centres can also access other FP6 programmes, which cover a much wider range of scientific and technological areas.

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