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The Research Activities of the European Commission - Research & Innovation

The Research Activities of the European Commission - Research and Innovation - The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, informally DG Research and Innovation, is a Directorate-General of the European Commission, located in Brussels, and responsible for, notably, the European Union′s research policy and coordination of research activities.It is headed by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Director-General Robert-Jan Smits.

The Directorate General’s mission is evolving as work on the European Research Area continues. It can be summarised as follows:

One of the instruments used for the implementation of this policy is the multi-annual Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (FP RTD) which helps to organise and financially support cooperation between high schools, research centres, and industries - including small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

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