- VARIE - UE 24/09/2015
- ATTUAZIONE DI PROGRAMMA
The small odds of winning a grant under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme is “a very sad story at the moment,” the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, told MEPs this week.
“We are flooded with proposals and success rates are down to between 12 and 14 per cent,” said Smits, presenting some of the first year take-aways from the programme to members of the European Parliament’s industry and research committee on Monday. “We have to reject far too many excellent proposals.”
Scientists’ chances in the €77 billion competition have shrunk from the 19 to 21 per cent odds in Horizon 2020’s predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme, which ran from 2007 and 2013.
Horizon 2020 is “unbelievably popular,” said Smits. “We’ve received 65,000 proposals.”
Some of the programme’s research fields are simply overwhelmed with applications. For example, the ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ scheme, which runs a permanently open competition, gives researchers a scanty one-in-sixteen chance of funding: of the 264 proposals received by the Commission, only 16 will be selected.
Fonte: Science | Business
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