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28 Nov 2016

2nd Horizon 2020 Monitoring Report published

The second Monitoring Report under Horizon 2020 covers Horizon 2020 through its calls closed in 2015, while listing updated data for 2014 as well as aggregation for both years, providing a wide overview of the implementation of Horizon 2020. It helps identifying the most important issues related to performance as measured by the Key Performance Indicators, implementation aspects and participation trends, providing data for all priorities and specific objectives of Horizon 2020. The Report pays special attention to monitor progress with respect to the cross-cutting issues.

It provides information also on the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the Euratom Research and Training Programme, as well as the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot. Moreover, given the significant results and impacts that FP7 projects can still produce, the Monitoring Report includes a section dedicated to results of ongoing FP7 projects. Evidence provided in the successive Annual Monitoring Reports will generate factual data that will feed into the Interim and Ex-Post Evaluations of Horizon 2020.

The key messages are as follows:

  • A total of 275,841 applications were received over the two years, with an increase of 23.9% from 2014 to 2015.

  • the share of proposals retained for funding is less than 12% (13.2% in 2014 and 10.7% in 2015). The number of high-quality proposals is increasing.

  • the overall success rate for the two years 2014-15 is 13%. The decline in success rates is due to the increase in the number of eligible applications.

  • more than 39% of all applications came from university candidates, 35.2% from the private sector, 18.4% from research organisations and  3.5% from public bodies.

  • In the Leading and Emerging Industrial Technology (LEIT) and Societal Challenge Pillar, the Horizon 2020 target for funding of SMEs is (20%)  has been achieved. SMEs have received 23.7% of funding overall, and made up 27.6% of participations.

  • Across the two first years of Horizon 2020, 69.8% of the newcomers were from the private sector. Out of these 68.9% were
    SMEs (62.4% in 2014 and 69.6% in 2015).

  • There were just under 20,500 applications to the SME Instrument across the two years, with an increase from year to year (8,564 in 2014 and 11,932 in 2015).The average success rate of full proposals in the SME instrument in 2014 and 2015 was 7.5% (9.1% in 2014 and 6.4% in 2015).

  • In the first two years of Horizon 2020, the average time-to-grant period was 201.7 days – 216.6 in 2014, decreasing to 184.9 in
    2015. In FP7 the average number of days between the closing of the call and the signing of a grant agreement was 303 days.

Download the full Report here.

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