Some features of H2020 participation in the environmental area

Calls for proposals in H2020 societal challenge 5 – “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” – covering period 2014-2017 were evaluated and there is an appropriate time for the brief overview now. Analysed data were taken from the E-CORDA database (version 9.1, 30/09/2017). Please note that for 2017 the results of one-stage calls are included only. Altogether 4 634 proposals were submitted with 18 733 participants. During evaluation 427 projects with 3 537 participants from 85 countries were selected for funding. Share of participants from EU countries amounts to 89 %.

Participation of all EU countries is summarised in Table 1.

Country Teams Projects Eligible costs – € H2020 funding – €
AT 96 63 32 943 337,2 26 829 814,2
BE 191 101 66 466 110,6 57 236 189,8
BG 14 10 2 318 388,8 1 508 919,9
CY 22 20 6 598 037,2 4 914 810,7
CZ 29 22 9 923 629,6 6 566 549,9
DE 349 151 197 186 183,7 142 307 789,3
DK 85 54 37 608 772,4 28 290 732,2
EE 20 18 5 099 888,1 3 156 626,4
EL 95 55 35 600 224,2 30 774 913,2
ES 421 174 184 995 259,1 147 297 752,9
FI 95 63 49 289 948,4 36 964 322,0
FR 240 124 107 462 525,3 81 043 409,2
HR 16 12 2 563 847,0 2 011 979,7
HU 32 22 8 089 357,2 6 729 570,3
IE 42 28 16 787 690,1 12 374 683,1
IT 358 165 133 899 768,7 105 512 105,7
LT 10 9 2 375 336,9 1 889 396,0
LU 6 6 1 840 648,1 1 267 435,8
LV 7 7 1 408 998,6 765 073,9
MT 7 7 1 249 625,0 1 249 625,0
NL 234 116 107 439 218,2 92 541 883,0
PL 62 46 18 293 034,1 14 744 639,3
PT 121 65 39 541 013,1 33 349 117,7
RO 53 34 11 175 440,6 7 391 179,0
SE 125 80 73 691 288,3 52 939 480,7
SI 44 32 16 210 829,5 11 422 265,4
SK 19 15 2 791 659,5 2 022 537,2
UK 345 161 161 043 791,3 141 658 782,4
Total 3138   1 333 893 850,8 1 054 761 583,7

Table 1. Projects selected for funding in EU countries (number of projects, number of teams, total eligible costs and requested H2020 funding).

Participation success rate (ratio of all teams of given country in project proposals recommended for funding to the overall number of teams of given country in all project proposals) for EU and selected associated countries is very diverse (in range from 9,6 to 29 %), see Figure 1. Associated countries with very small number of participation were excluded from the comparison.  Average participation success rate of EU countries amounts to 21,1 % and it is clear from the figure that participation success rate of most EU-13 countries remain below this level.

Figure 1. Participation success rate.

 

Relation between participation and financial success rate is shown in Fig. 2. The intersection of the chart’s axes is determined by the overall participation success rate of EU-28 countries (21,1 %) and the overall financial success rate of EU-28 countries (18,56 %). It is obvious financial and participation success rates are closely connected. It is possible to divide the countries roughly into two groups: the first one with higher than average participation and financial success rate, the other one with below than average success rates. In the first group EU-15 countries are present only.

Lower financial success rate of EU-13 countries can be among others attributed to the low number of coordinators from these countries.

Figure .2. Relation between participatory and financial success rate.

 

Success rate of coordinators is shown in Fig. 3. H2020 programme is very complex and data from SC5 include several types of different instruments. For clearer picture we separated “classical” research projects (RIA – research and innovation actions, IA – Innovation actions) in the bottom figure. EU-13 countries have obviously lower ambitions (or abilities) to coordinate large scientific projects; they are more successful in Coordination and support actions or mono beneficiary SME-instruments.

Figure. 3. Success rate of EU coordinators in all projects (above) and in RIA, IA projects (down).

 

“Top” SC5 institutions with 10 or more funded projects are listed in Table 2. No organisation from EU-13 is included here; the most successful institutions from EU-13 have maximum of 8 projects funded (Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii from RO and GEOLOSKI ZAVOD SLOVENIJE from SI). Previous analyses indicate that preparation of proposals in collaboration with the “top” institutions considerably increases the participation success rate of any member state.

 

Institution Country Sector Projects
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES FR REC 19
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL UK REC 18
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION ES REC 18
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. DE REC 16
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS FR REC 16
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE IT REC 16
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL HES 15
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS – NTUA EL HES 14
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEO SUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI IT REC 14
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER UK HES 13
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI REC 13
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. BE REC 12
FUNDACAO PARA A CIENCIA E A TECNOLOGIA PT PUB 11
AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA RECHERCHE FR PUB 11
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)* DE OTH 11
MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN MILIEU NL PUB 11
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET DK HES 10
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland DK REC 10
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG DE REC 10

 

Table 2. Institutions with 10 or more SC5 funded projects.