The European Union's 8th Framework Programme (FP8) will run from 2014 to 2020 and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has opened a Call for Evidence that will Government will use to influence its content. The current Framework Programme (FP7), running from 2007-2013, has a budget of over 50 billion Euro. In seeking views on FP8, the Government wishes to hear how the programme could be less bureaucratic, more attractive to participants, and more effective at creating new products and service and better policy-making. Full details of the call for evidence are available on the BIS website, including a form for submitting responses. The consultation document provides in itself a useful overview of Framework Programmes. Submissions of evidence must be made by 4 January 2011. The Government will then compile and publish a UK position paper.