Friday, 27 March 2015

Automated ESRs?

As well as statistics, the EC’s report on H2020 progress commented on the evaluation. In the areas of health (stage one of two stage proposals) and the SME instrument phase 1, the explanations of scores in the evaluation summary reports (ESR) were compiled from standard phrases, somehow reflecting the judgments of individual evaluators. This avoids the expensive and time consuming consensus meetings of evaluators where they resolve their different views. On the other hand, proposers were often unable to understand the relevance of the comments to their proposals. The EC’s answer? To use “a richer set of standardised phrases” - That will be helpful!



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Singleimage - H2020 Training Workshops and



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

UK leads in SMEs. But....

The EC recently published the results of the evaluation of proposals under first Call for phase 2 of the SME instrument (see table below), commenting “UK companies have been particularly successful in this call, with 10 participants on track to receive over €17 million”. However, a quick look at the data for the top seven countries, it is Ireland who should be congratulated. Taking into account their population (4.6 million), this gives a grant per thousand population of €1848, followed by Sweden with €1063, compared with the UK’s €268.
 
Country
€m grant requested
Number of SMEs
United Kingdom
17.0
10
France
14.9
9
Netherlands
13.8
10
Spain
13.4
12
Sweden
10.1
6
Germany
9.1
6
Ireland
8.5
4
Italy
3.3
3
Finland
3.0
2
Estonia
2.7
3
Denmark
2.6
2
Hungary
2.4
2
Belgium
2.3
1
Israel
2.0
1
Slovenia
1.6
3
Luxembourg
0.7
1
Poland
0.6
2
Turkey
0.2
1
Total
108.1
78
More useful figures revealed by the EC’s announcement are that the average grant requested by the 60 winning proposals is €1.8m, and that 49 of them were submitted by a single SME. Combining the results data with earlier information on the number of proposals (580) gives a success rate of just over 10%. Most important, however, is the missing piece of information: how much grant will actually be offered to each project. In the first year of FP7, DG Research reduced requested grants by 18.5%!










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Singleimage - H2020 Training Workshops and Advice