German industry's experience two years since the start of the Horizon 2020 programme

Two years after the start of the 8th EU Framework Programme for Research andInnovation – Horizon 2020 – the first figures for participation and for the successrate of project applications submitted by industry have became available. The disappointing outcome is that the average success rate is just 12 to 14 percent. The 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) had a success rate of 19 to 21 percent, i.e. a decline of almost one half has been observed. There are many reasons for this decline, inter alia cuts in national research budgets with an unchanged budget for the 8th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

This position paper was drafted by experts of the BDI working group “European Research and Innovation Policy” on behalf of the BDI/BDA Committee for Research, Innovation and Technology policy. The paper describes first, unfortunately partly negative experiences of German industry with Horizon 2020. Furthermore, it gives concrete recommendations for improvement with view of the upcoming Midterm Review of Horizon 2020 in the years 2016 and 2017.


Iris Plöger
Member of the Executive Board
Executive Board
BDI e.V.