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Horizon 2020 ‘drowning’ in proposals, warns Smits

Image: Etienne Ansotte, European Union

A senior European Commission official has warned that there is not enough funding to pay for all the top-quality proposals submitted to Horizon 2020.

More than 35,000 proposals have been submitted so far to the first call of the Horizon 2020 Framework programme, according to Robert-Jan Smits, the Commission’s director-general for research and innovation. The call was launched in December 2013 and is open until 2015.

In a presentation to the European Parliament’s committee for Industry, Research and Energy on 17 November, Smits said that oversubscription was the main challenge now facing the programme. “We are drowning in proposals. We just do not have enough funds to pay for even the good ones,” he said.

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