Latest statistics on Horizon 2020 and how UK compares with the rest of Europe

The European Commission (EC) has just updated the data related to Horizon 2020 (H2020) approved projects. This can be found on the European Open Data Portal. The information relates to projects that have received a contractual agreement before the 13 April 2016. So the projects you will see in the Portal are those submitted during the first two years of the programme - 2014/15.

According to the Portal €13bn has been contracted up to that period. UK and Germany remain the greatest beneficiaries with each of them participating in around 13% of the over all successful proposals. They are followed closely by France with around 10% and Spain, Italy and the Netherlands with 8% each.

UK organisations have participated in over two thousand proposals resulting in €1.98bn of H2020 funding invested in UK. This represents 15.29% of the overall H2020 funding contracted in Europe so far. It is second with regards to funding, only behind Germany which has secured €2.34bn.

The majority of the UK participation comes from the Universities (around 59.5%). The rest are: the private sector (26 %), Research Institutions (8.5%), public bodies (3.5%) and other bodies (3.5%).

EC data does not specify the location of every organisation which makes difficult to know the exact split of the fund between UK regions. The name of the universities and the public authorities are easy recognisable, so on those basis we can say that GM Universities and public councils are currently involved in 96 H2020 contracted projects. Some projects such as RESIN or Triangulum have the involvement of several GM partners. The total funding value for GM is £56m. The University of Manchester is by far the most proactive and are involved in 88 projects.


Example of H2020 projects with GM participation

Mario - Managing Active and healthy aging with use of caRing servIce robots

GM Partners - Stockport Council and R.U.Robots Limited

Resin - Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures

GM Partners - University of Manchester and Oldham Council (acting on behalf of AGMA)

Triangulum – Smart Cities Lighthouse Project

GM Partners: Manchester City Council, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Clicks and Links and Siemens

Nobel Grid – Smart Energy for People

GM Partner: University of Manchester

InnoSI – Innovative Social Investment Strengthening Communities in Europe

GM Partner: Manchester Metropolitan University

RESINTEX - A New Circular Economy Concept For Textiles And Chemicals

GM Partner: Manchester Metropolitan University


EU-CIRCLE: A pan-European framework for strengthening critical infrastructure resilience to climate change

GM Partner: University of Salford

MAPS-LED - Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialisation Strategies for Local Economic Development

GM Partner: University of Salford

RAGE - Project to Create Advanced Technology for European Applied Games Industry

GM Partner: Bolton University