04 Jul 2019
Study analyses consortia-related "success factors" for receiving funds from Horizon 2020
Utrecht University from the Netherlands and FFG EU-Performance Monitoring Austria carried out a study entitled "What factors explain application success in H2020?“. The empirical analysis of consortium-specific factors in the "Societal Challenges" pillar addresses the question whether certain project consortia are more successful in receiving funds from the H2020 pillar "Societal Challenges". Using information from the H2020 Ecorda database, a set of consortia-specific "success factors" are identified that influence the probability of receiving funds.
The results of the study point to several consortia-related factors that have an effect on the evaluation outcome. In particular, consortia with an experienced coordinator, a higher number of top-universities and a higher number of partners from Western Europe (EU 15) significantly increases the chances of getting funded. In addition, the connection to core players, in terms of network centrality, seems to increase the likelihood of proposal success. Overall, the evidence from the study suggests that the H2020 criteria of excellence are more important factors for the success of a proposal rather than factors related to cohesion, inclusion or widening of participation of new partners across Europe. Interestingly, the result that consortia with a high share of universities have a significantly lower application success rate at the same time underlines the application-oriented focus of H2020.
The study is an important step towards disentangling the Horizon 2020 network structures, which is of policy relevance with respect to the underlying financing patterns across organisations and consortia, or the policy goals related to intensified knowledge dissemination and collaboration across Europe.