A significant amount of current topics in both the NMBP (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production) and PM (Personalised Medicine) calls follow a two-stage submission scheme and the results of the first evaluation are now out. Proposers to two-stage topics under these calls who have received an acceptance notice will now have to prepare for the second stage deadline in May. Relief after the first acceptance might have been followed by dread about the upcoming full proposal that has to be written. We’ve had a look at the numbers and have some encouraging news for any proposal in the second stage of the submission process.
Writing a single-stage proposal is an intensive task for everyone involved and very often the chances of success are in the single digits. Two-stage proposals take a slightly different approach: During the first stage, a short proposal has to be written. This proposal is between 7 and 15 pages long (depending on the topic) and should convey the idea of a project. The proposal is evaluated by the EC experts and receives a score. If the score is above the threshold set by the EC, the consortium will be allowed to take the proposal into the second stage of the process. By the end of the second stage the consortium will have to have submitted a full proposal akin to the single-stage proposal scheme. The total amount of work needed to get a proposal through is more; however there is one big benefit when submitting to two-stage schemes: The increased success rate!
Two-stage Personalised Medicine proposals
We at accelopment have done a few calculations to get an approximate success rate for the two-stage proposals under the H2020-SC1-2016-2017 call. There are four topics in total that fall into this category: SC1-PM-02-2017, SC1-PM-07-2017, SC1-PM-08-2017 and SC1-PM-10-2017. During the first stage there were a total of 668 proposals submitted and 101 were above the threshold and as such can submit a full proposal in the second stage. That represents 15% of the submitted proposals. To calculate a hypothetical success rate we took a look at the available budget (€ 560'480'405) and the total requested budget of the 101 proposals in the second stage (€ 173'000'000). If the requested budget for all proposals is roughly the same, we estimate that 30% of all proposals in the second round could receive funding.
Two-stage Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production proposals
As with PM, we did the same calculations for the current NMBP (H2020-NMBP-2016-2017) two-stage proposals. For this topic the chances of surviving the first stage were higher when compared with PM topics (26%). However, the hypothetical number of projects that could receive funding (26%) is lower. There are more than 15 two-stage topics under the H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 call, ranging from NMBP-04-2017 to NMBP-20-2017 along with BIOTEC-05-2017, BIOTEC-06-2017 and BIOTEC-07-2017. To see the full list, visit the official website.
Surviving the second stage
The good news is that in terms of proposal writing your two-stage proposal has got a high chance of receiving funding. However, it will still take an excellent proposal. Two thirds of the proposals addressing the H2020-SC1-2016-2017 call will not be successful and for the call topics under H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 it will be 3 in 4 projects that will not be funded. The workload for preparing a full proposal is also not to be underestimated and this is where accelopment’s offered services help.
Our experience helped guide the CHEOPS project through a two-stage submission process. CHEOPS has been running for a year, with the aim to develop very low-cost but highly performing photovoltaic devices based on the emerging perovskite technology. The consortium also used accelopment’s services during the contract negotiation and as a partner on the project we are responsible for the project management and dissemination.
We at accelopment have a long history of writing successful proposals. There is still time to take up our proposal writing services for proposals in the second stage of the submission process. Our services are available for both the H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 and the H2020-SC1-2016-2017 call. For any questions and full contact details visit our contact page.