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 – the proportion of women experts and the speed with which contracts have been signed? The answers are below.
- Horizon 2020 has proven hugely popular as shown by the 36 732 proposals evaluated in these first calls. The success rate – around 1 in 8 proposals have been successful – is, however, lower than the 1 in 5 rate for the seven years of the 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7)
- It is perhaps too early to draw firm conclusions from these first calls for Horizon 2020 as a whole over seven years, but many factors could be at play here.
- Compared with FP7, we see that businesses, notably SMEs, have done relatively well, which reflects the strong focus that Horizon 2020 has on innovation.
- Nevertheless, it is expected that overall under Horizon 2020, given the increased budget, all types of organisations will receive much more funding than under FP7.
Note: H2020 (Horizon 2020) data is for 2014; FP7 data is for 2007-2013. Legend: Public Org. (PUB), Research Org. (REC), Private For-Profit Org. (PRC), Higher or Sec. Education, all and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Org. (HES), OTH – Others
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