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Insights into winning Horizon 2020 funding: exclusive access to research findings

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (H2020) has a greater emphasis on research impact than previous EU funding streams such as FP6 and FP7. In 2014, 26,000 eligible proposals were submitted, of which 3,800 were above the threshold (16%), but only 1,400 grants were awarded. Although a third of an evaluation score is awarded for impact, it is widely understood that it can be the major distinguishing factor in a winning proposal.

Climate Futures is undertaking a study to better understand the views of both H2020 applicants and evaluators on the subject of winning research impact:

- common weaknesses of H2020 proposals (according to the evaluator scorecard)
- what makes a good proposal stand out
- important elements of a good proposal
- preferred roles for SMEs
- preferred dissemination and communication channels

The findings could help you to improve the competitiveness of your H2020 proposals, and will support our contribution to this important agenda. Summary results will be distributed widely through Insights briefing papers, whilst a more detailed Insights report will be made available exclusively to survey respondents.

We would be very grateful for your response to the questionnaire as an H2020 applicant. If you are both an applicant and an evaluator we would be delighted to hear your views from the two perspectives.

H2020 applicant questionnaire: Click here
H2020 evaluator questionnaire: Click here

All responses will be treated as confidential, and no reporting or findings from the survey will be linked to respondent’s identities or email addresses. There will be no mention of specific call topics, participants or projects.

The questions should take no longer than five minutes to answer. Thank you very much for your time and insights.

Charles Henderson, Research Director


United Kingdom