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Horizon 2020 statistics

By 1 December 2014 the first 100 calls had closed. What can we tell about the popularity of the programme, the success of SMEs, the degree to which the programme has attracted newcomers - both as participants and as expert evaluators - and the proportion of women experts? Answers below!

 

The text and charts below have been taken from the brochure, "Horizon 2020 - first results" (PDF 3MB), which presents information on the first 100 calls for proposals.

 

10 key facts

  • A total of 36 732 eligible proposals were submitted under Horizon 2020’s first 100 calls (FP7: 135 514), breaking down as follows:

    • 29 794 full proposals in single-stage calls

    • 5 617 outline proposals in the first stage of the two-stage calls

    • 1 321 full proposals in the second stage of the two-stage calls

  • In total, 31 115 full proposals were submitted.

  • The total number of eligible applications in full proposals was 123 334 (FP7: 598 080).

  • These eligible proposals requested a total EU financial contribution of €80.3 billion (FP7: €217.1 billion), and were evaluated by 9 325 experts.

  • 4 315 proposals were retained for funding. The overall success rate of eligible full proposals under the first 100 calls is around 14%, compared with around 20% for the whole of FP7.

  • 38% of successful applicants were newcomers (compared to 13% in 2013, the last year of FP7), of which 1 100 were SMEs.

  • The 20% budget target for SMEs has been achieved.

  • 3 236 grant agreements were signed by the end of April 2015 (compared with 25 164 grant agreements over the seven years of FP7).

  • These grant agreements awarded a total EU contribution of €5.5 billion towards total eligible costs of €6.5 billion.

  • 95% of all grant agreements were signed within the target of eight months.

Some key concepts

A proposal is submitted by one or more applicants. Proposals could have just one applicant – a single principal investigator - while multi-partner proposals group together many applicants. An applicant might also be involved in more than one proposal, in which case it is making multiple applications for funding.

Some calls have two stages: applicants first submit outline proposals which are evaluated to select those that could be developed further into full proposals. The statistics on proposals presented here refer only to full proposals.

If the proposal is successful and is funded it becomes a project, which is implemented by one or more participants. And a participant might be involved in other projects, in which case it has a number of participations.

The overall success rate of eligible full proposals is around 14%, compared with around 20% for the whole of FP7. It should be noted, however, that less funding was available in 2014, the first year of Horizon 2020, compared with 2013, the last year of FP7. At the same time, there was increased interest from potential applicants in the new programme, demonstrated by the fact that 38% of successful applicants were newcomers.

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Note: Horizon 2020 data is for 2014; FP7 data is for 2007-2013.
Universities remain in first place both in terms of participations and financial contribution received. The private sector, public bodies and ‘Other’ have increased their relative share of participations and financial contribution and research organisations have also increased their share of the EU financial contribution. Please refer to definitions of types of organisations in the Glossary in the brochure (PDF 3MB) for more information.

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Note: Horizon 2020 data is for 2014; FP7 data is for 2007-2013.
Compared with the situation over the full seven-year duration of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the share of SME participations has increased under Horizon 2020. The data presented compares the Cooperation theme of FP7 to the participations in the Leading and Emerging Industrial Technology (LEIT) and the Societal Challenge themes of Horizon 2020. The EU financial contribution to SMEs from these two themes also shows that the 20% budget target has been achieved. Of this contribution, around 5% is provided by the Horizon 2020 SME instrument.

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Note: Horizon 2020 data is for 2014; FP7 data is for 2007-2013.
A newcomer is defined as a successful first-time applicant to Horizon 2020 who did not apply to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). An analysis of the 6774 unique participants in Horizon 2020 signed grant agreements shows that around 62% also participated in FP7, which means that almost 40% are newcomers.  This high rate of newcomers can largely be attributed to efforts to make Horizon 2020 more accessible and attractive in comparison to FP7.

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In 2014, a pool of 77 506 evaluators were registered on a central database as available to evaluate proposals to Horizon 2020. A total of 9 325 contracts for evaluation have been made with experts, however some experts may have been contracted more than once to participate in different evaluations. Over half of the contracts for expert evaluators were given to newcomers. It is important to ensure that the pool from which experts are selected is constantly expanded and renewed, to ensure expertise in new areas of science and technology, and to ensure that the pool is representative of different sectors, including public and private, and industrial and academic.

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Note: Data for 2014

 

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Of the 9 325 contracts for evaluation made with experts, 35.7% were given to women. Although the target of 40% has not yet been reached, the trend is going in the right direction, with an improvement on the FP7 figure of 33.8%.
Of the 9 325 contracts for evaluation made with experts, 35.7% were given to women. Although the target of 40% has not yet been reached, the trend is going in the right direction, with an improvement on the FP7 figure of 33.8%.

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Note: Data for 2014

 

The following selection of Horizon 2020 projects is an illustration of how new ideas can bring about concrete results and benefits for citizens and businesses as well as for the wider European economy.

 

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