UiB still in the lead on EU research funding
The University of Bergen has the highest success rate among Norwegian universities in the competition for support from Horizon 2020. More than one in five proposals have been funded.
According to the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the European Commission has granted 77 of 369 Horizon 2020 project proposals in which the University of Bergen (UiB) is a partner or a coordinator. Horizon 2020 is the EU's research and innovation program and UiB's performance equals to a success rate of 20,9 percent. The average success rate for Norwegian universities is 13.9 per cent.
40 million euro to UiB
This spring, Norway reached the Government's goal of winning back two percent of the funds from Horizon 2020, according to RCN.
So far, UiB has received 40.3 million euro in Horizon 2020 funding. Most of the support is given to research projects in the Excellence pillar (such as ERC and Marie Curie grants) and to projects trying to solve environmental or health issues via the Societal Challenges pillar in Horizon 2020.
"UiB has cracked the code"
"I am very pleased that excellent researchers are applying for funds, and getting good results in Horizon 2020. It seems that the University of Bergen has cracked the code," says John-Arne Røttingen, Director General of RCN.
"UiB shows that it is possible for a university to succeed on all the Horizon 2020 pillars. However, it is important not to interpret good results as a "mission accomplished". About half of the funds from Horizon 2020 still needs to be granted, and we can and must take this opportunity to increase cooperation in research and innovation", Røttingen says.
Horizon 2020 will spend 80 billion euro in total from 2014 through 2020.
The EU will increase its commitment to research and innovation with the new "Horizon Europe" framework program. The European Commission has recently proposed spending 100 billion euro on the program from 2021 through 2027.