Less than 11 per cent of proposals submitted to Horizon 2020 in 2015 were funded, indicating a further rise in competition for EU grants.
The figure of 10.7 per cent was published in a review of Horizon 2020’s first two years on 28 November. It marks a significant drop from the 13 per cent success rate recorded in 2014.
The Commission attributed the figure to a further rise in applications. The number of proposals submitted to Horizon 2020 was 25 per cent higher in 2015 than in 2014, it said. According to the Commission, the high demand for the programme is positive because it demonstrates how attractive the programme is for potential participants.