Success rates of submitted proposals

The application procedure consisted of two stages: stage I “pre-proposal selection” and stage II “full proposal selection”, for details see Implementation of the call. The success rate of full proposals was 37% (25% of all pre-proposals, see table below).

DescriptionStage I:
Pre-proposal
Stage II:
Full proposals
Funded projects
No. of proposals573814
- Principal investigators involved24416356
- Overall funding requested49.8 m€34.7 m€11.7 m€
Proposal success rate25%37% 

Country of origin and success in the pre-and full proposal stage

The number of successful principal investigators per country is shown in figure 1a (pre-proposals; stage I) and in figure 1b (full proposals; stage II).

Principal investigators per country in stage I
Fig.1a. Principal investigators per country in stage I, pre-proposal submission. © ERA-NET NEURON

NEURON aims to increase the number of research groups from countries that are to date not well integrated in the funding scheme, so called ‘underrepresented’ countries. NEURON developed a Widening Concept comprising different measures to facilitate the integration of ‘underrepresented’ countries. As part of this, consortia that were invited to submit a full proposal were given the opportunity to add new groups from ‘underrepresented’ countries. Thus, a total of 4 new research groups was added between pre- and full proposal stage.

Principal Investigators per country in stage II
Fig.1b. Principal Investigators per country in stage II, full proposal submissions. © ERA-NET NEURON

Gender distribution

The percentage of female researchers at the different stages of the call is shown in figure2.

Percentage of female Principal Investigators
Fig. 2. Percentage of female Principal Investigators (PI); © ERA-NET NEURON

The number of coordinators of funded proposals (14 in total) per country is shown in figure 3. 57% of the funded coordinators are female.

Number of female and male coordinators
Fig. 3. Number of female and male coordinators and their distribution over the participating countries; © ERA-NET NEURON