Horizon 2020: General Statistics

Horizon Dashboard 45762-200 is a place where you can find data about Horizon projects. Besides finding data about each project, you can also find general data.

According to this site, Horizon 2020 (H2020) had about 1 million applications in total. However, only about 665,000 of those applications were actually eligible and only about 100,000 eligible applications ended as a signed grant. This means that only 10% of the applications ended as a signed grant. This situation is very similar in each European Union (EU) country:

As we can see, within the EU, Luxembourg was the most successful country with 17% of the applications reverted as signed grants and the least successful was Italy with only 7% applications turning into grants.

Can we say that the more applications are submitted, the greatest the change of getting a signed grant? Well, no. Spain, Italy, Germany, and Other Countries were those that submitted more applications. Except Other Countries, Italy, Spain, and Germany were also those with the lowest successful rate: 7%, 8%, and 9%, respectively. Luxembourg and Malta were those that submitted fewer applications. In the case of Luxembourg, as mentioned above, it was the country with the highest successful rate.

Which “Other Countries” are we talking about? Basically, every country in the world:

As we can see from the graphic above, the countries outside EU that submitted most applications were Switzerland (3,835 applications), Norway (2,008 applications), Israel (1,651 applications), and USA (1,550 applications). All countries represented in the graphic submitted more than 100 applications. There were 131 countries that submitted less than 100 applications each (some just submitted one).

Only 61,514 signed grants have their field of study identified:

As we can see from the table above, Natural Sciences was the field with the highest number of signed grants and Agricultural Sciences the field with the lowest number of signed grants. To be noted also that Humanities and Agricultural Sciences combined are still far behind from all other fields.

As a final note, we can see that 2014 was the year with fewer signed grants and 2015 the year with the greatest number of signed grants, closely followed by 2016.


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