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    How to Convince Horizon 2020 Evaluators

    Up to now, Horizon 2020 (H2020) has proved enormously popular. More researchers than ever have applied for open calls. But the number of hopeful participants has grown faster than the funds available. This oversubscription has led to a significant drop in the overall success rates. In order to be successful, it has therefore become even more important to convince the experts in the evaluation process.

    Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020: Will it impact the way proposals are evaluated?

    The Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 (H2020) is fully underway, with the public stakeholders' consultation running until 15 January 2017 and several position papers from national and European stakeholders already published. Almost all position papers address the issue of the evaluation of proposals. The main comments give a taste of how the evaluation process might evolve in the future.

    "A good project is like a diamond: All facets must be perfect in order to achieve the maximum score"

    Prof. Dario Neri from the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich has evaluated many proposals for the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Societal Challenge "Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing". As the cofounder of the Swiss-Italian biotech company Philogen, he has also been involved in the production of antibody products for cancer and arthritis therapies.

    Companies in the Evaluation Process

    Impact has become increasingly important as an Horizon 2020 (H2020) evaluation criterion. A strong focus is put on the assessment of outputs and impacts, especially for proposals for close-to-market actions. The evaluation process is formally documented and transparent, and the expected impacts are listed in the Work Programme under the relevant topic. For Innovation Actions and the SME Instrument, the score for the "impact" criterion is given a weight of 1.5 to determine the ranking of proposals.


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