The chart below shows the average success rate of proposals for all types of project (collaborative, coordination, support, network of excellence etc) for selected parts of FP7. The data is for all FP7 calls for proposals where evaluation and selection had been completed up to the end of 2009. For two-stage calls, the success rate is calculated by dividing the number of successful proposals by the number of eligible proposals submitted at stage 1. (3% of all proposals submitted were ruled to be non-eligible.) For each FP7 theme, the number in brackets is the total eligible proposals in the calculation. Approximately 600 proposals for joint calls could not be attributed to a specific theme and so were omitted. The average success rate across all selected themes was 16.1%.
Proposals in the theme research infrastructures are usually submitted by owners of expensive infrastructures, of which there are relatively few. So competition is relatively weak, resulting in a high success rate. At the other end of the scale, NMP (nanotechnologies, materials and production technologies) uses almost exclusively the two stage proposal process, which generally produces lower success rates (10.7% compared with 17.3% for the one stage process). For social sciences and humanities, there is no such explanation for the low success rate: all their calls are one stage.
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