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How much chance does your recently submitted Personalised Medicine proposal have in Horizon 2020?

May 01 2017

In the past weeks, the submission closed for 11 exciting personalised medicine (PM) topics under Horizon 2020. These Research and Innovations Actions (RIA) are one of the key features of the European funding programme, and have proven to be a competitive arena for researchers and innovative companies in the fields of life sciences, medical technology and health. In this message, we present a quick overview of the number of submitted proposals for each topic and the estimated success rates.

Horizon 2020 PM calls 2017: calculated success rates

The table below shows how many proposals have been received for each PM topic. We have calculated the theoretical chance of being selected for funding, assuming for convenience that all proposals reach the minimum threshold required. To get to these numbers, we haven taken into account the total call budget and the recommended project size. For PM-02, PM-07, PM-08 and PM-10 a two-stage process was implemented. Out of 668 pre-proposals submitted for these topics in October 2016, only 101 (15%) scored above threshold and were permitted to pass to the second stage (of which 97 were submitted). This seems to have provided an improved balance between effort and reward, considering the difference in the average theoretical success rate between single stage (21.0-23.2%) and two stage (29.7-49.5%) proposals.

Results of the Horizon 2020 Personalised Medicine calls 2017

The wait for the results has now begun. Within several months, you will receive the opinion of a panel of independent evaluators and hear whether your project has reached the score necessary to outcompete the other ambitious Horizon 2020 applicants. We wish you all the best of luck! Although the tough task of writing a competitive proposal is now behind you, you might soon discover that Horizon 2020 project management presents its own challenges. You can already prepare for successful implementation of your project by reading our Top 10 lessons to learn before you start the Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement process or one of the other free resources on project management in the ttopstart academy knowledge hub. Please feel free to contact our experts directly if you have any questions related to Horizon 2020 project management or want to discuss any issues you might already foresee within your consortium! If you are wondering how the review process is regulated, you can find the latest briefing for reviewers here.

Projected success rates of personalised medicine Horizon 2020 calls 2017

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Karlijn Bastiaansen, PhD