News archive - EC publishes study on Horizon 2020 proposal evaluation system

The European Commission has published a review of proposal evaluation processes in the EU’s framework programmes. The study aims at informing the development of proposal evaluation processes in Horizon Europe. It is based on a review of the literature, case studies, and an analysis of existing and new data sets on proposal evaluation in Horizon 2020.

The authors of the study find that in general, proposal evaluation processes were fair and transparent. However, there may be scope to improve consistency and the feedback provided, and to reduce the burden and conservatism of the process, the report concludes. Based on these findings, the authors identify 10 recommendations for Horizon Europe:

  1. Conduct regular reviews of the fairness of the process.
  2. Encourage more female applicants.
  3. Limit the use of multi-stage processes.
  4. Explore and experiment with novel approaches, such as double-blind review and lotteries.
  5. Streamline the use of consensus meetings.
  6. Improve the clarity of assessment criteria and ensure that the evaluation process is centred around them.
  7. Consider more targeted use of reviewers depending on their expertise.
  8. Explore the scope for use of novel technologies to improve the process.
  9. Continue to provide constructive feedback, especially for unsuccessful applicants.
  10. Consider routes to ensure that innovative R&I is supported, such as targeted funding streams.

The study can be downloaded here:

Study on the proposal evaluation system for the EU R&I framework programme

See the article source here.

Geographical focus
  • H2020
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Admin on March 9, 2022
Modified on March 9, 2022