FP7 – First Year Analysed

The first results from analysing the concluded FP7 calls for proposals published in 2007 have been released. The report shows that more than 20 000 proposals were submitted to FP7 in the first year, 6200 of which were collaborative projects.

The success rates vary greatly, e.g.  the first ERC call for proposals was heavily over-subscribed with an unexpected high number of submitted proposals (approximately 9000). Combining this oversubscription with the relatively limited budget availability resulted to very low success rates of 2% in terms of successful proposals and applicants, and close to 3% in terms of requested EC funding.

The full report on the calls of the first year of FP7 is available at
The Commission website

We will revisit the topic in the next issue of EFI News.

Did you know that...

  • The overall SME success rates are 19% in terms of SME applicants. The Dutch and Belgian applicants have the success rate of 27%, followed by the French (26%) and the Germans (24%).
  • As of 15 April 2008, some 680 (24% of main listed proposals) grant agreements are already signed and the respective projects are underway.

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