European Commission addresses low Horizon 2020 success rates

Science|Business sheds light on Commission’s plans to increase researchers’ odds of success to win a grant

As anyone who has ever applied for research funding will know, getting the money is hard. But rarely has it been as true as in the case of the EU’s monstrously popular Horizon 2020, the programme which now leaves researchers with roughly a one in eight shot of winning a grant, according to new numbers released this week.

“It’s more popular than ever before. But with our success rates we’re heading to a situation where we have to be very careful not to scare away top researchers,” Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation, told Science I Business.

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