Of two Eurostars proposals submitted in Q1 one was funded but the other (a resubmission) again failed to reach the required ‘Impact’ threshold at the panel stage, despite good expert reviews and being ranked in the top half of all submitted proposals. Four H2020 proposals were submitted in the first half of 2016, of which one was successful, one was above threshold but not funded, and two failed to reach the ‘Impact’ threshold. A Eurostars proposal submitted in Q3 was ranked 12th (from 376 applications).
After five years in business, we now have enough experience to assess our success rates without being too sensitive to the errors associated with estimate from small-number statistics. The good news is that we do indeed offer our clients significant added value (higher success rates) as well as convenience. As of June 2016, Amanuensis’ success rate for Eurostars proposals over the last 4 years is 57%, more than double the average of 23%. Our success rate for FP7/H2020 and EMPIR proposals is 43% (including consultancy for SME instrument and FET open calls); for projects in which Amanuensis is a partner, the success rate is higher. The average success rate for the first 100 calls of H2020 was 14% according to EC statistics (20% for FP7), and has since dropped to 12%.
Two H2020 proposals (as a partner) and a Eurostars proposal were submitted in Q1 and Q2 2015. One of the H2020 proposals (prepared on short notice) reached threshold but was not funded; the other H2020 proposal got the maximum score possible in the evaluation and the MiARD project started in March 2016 (45 competing proposals were submitted to this call). The Eurostars proposal was ranked in the top ten from almost three-hundred applications and has been selected for funding. A further Eurostars proposal was submitted in Q3, but failed to reach threshold for ‘Impact’. Three H2020 proposals were submitted in the second half of the year but not funded (this included an SME instrument proposal which didn’t reach the ‘Impact’ threshold and an FET open proposal which was well above the threshold but still not funded – FET open success rates were about 2%). A German DFG proposal was also submitted.
Two proposals prepared as a partner, one of which was funded (LOMID: 4.1 million euro budget, 4.0 million euro subsidy from EC). Consultancy for two other H2020 proposals which were not funded. (N.B. Two of the unfunded proposals were prepared in less than 4 weeks).
EMPIR (European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research)
Consultancy for one proposal which was successfully funded.
In the first Eurostars call of 2014, two proposals were prepared and both were funded, having been ranked in the top 10% of all 215 eligible proposals after evaluation. One proposal was entered for the autumn call but failed to reach the threshold (largely due to an inadequate business plan).
Framework Programme 7
The GLADIATOR FP7 project begins (12.4 million euro budget, 8.7 million euro subsidy, led by Fraunhofer COMEDD in Germany). Amanuensis co-wrote the second stage proposal, are leading the work package concerned with dissemination and exploitation of the results, and are supporting the project office.
Additionally, one FP7 collaborative proposal passed the quality threshold but wasn’t funded and one FP7 collaborative proposal failed to reach the quality threshold (due to a low mark for the science section).
European Research Council
One successful German ERC ‘proof of concept’ proposal.
A Swiss-led Eurostars proposal passed the quality threshold, but wasn’t funded.
Framework Programme 7
TREASORES FP7 project begins (14 million euro budget, 9.1 million euro subsidy, led by Empa in Switzerland). Amanuensis co-wrote the proposal, and leads the work package concerned with dissemination and exploration of the project results. Amanuensis also leads the project office.
Amanuensis GmbH begins operations in October