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CDTI (The Spanish Public Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology and H2020 National Contact Point) has published this summer the preliminary results of the Spanish participation in Horizon 2020 from 2014 to 2019.

In this post, we are going to briefly review these results and present some of the most relevant numbers and indicators.

Overall perspective: goals and main results

Spain goals for H2020

According to the information published by CDTI, the goals of Spain for Horizon 2020 are:

  1. Reach a return rate of 9.4% (EU-28).
  2. Improve leadership position.
  3. Increase the total number of participants.

Results: 2014-2019

From 2014 to 2019, the evolution in relation to these goals has been the following:

  1. The average return rate was 10.1% (UE-28)
  2. Spain was the 4th country with the highest amount granted. The first 3 countries were: Germany, the UK and France.
  3. Spain was the third country in participations. From 2014 to 2019, 11,000 Spanish entities participated in 50,113 proposals.

Spain, 4th country by return rate (EU-28)

Main countries in Horizon 2020, preliminary data (2014-2019). Source: chart created with data from the document (Spanish): H2020 – Resultados de la participación española por tipos de entidad y temáticas (2014-2019)”  published by CDTI, on the 31/07/2020.

In 2019, return rate reached 10.4% (1,067 million euros granted), making Spain the fourth country with the highest return rate. In total, Spanish entities secured 4,761.6 million euros to develop research and development activities in the period.

Below there is a chart that shows the evolution of the funding secured by Spain in relation to its return rate (EU-28) by year. The chart starts in 2007, with the previous Framework Program (FP7, 2007-2013) and finishes in 2019 on Horizon 2020 (2014-2020):

Evolution of the Spanish return rate in H2020. Source: chart created with data from the document (Spanish): H2020 – Resultados de la participación española por tipos de entidad y temáticas (2014-2019)”  published by CDTI, on the 31/07/2020.

Proposals: Spain the third country in participation

  1. General participation: 11,000 Spanish entities participated in 50,113 proposals. In total, the number of Spanish participations reached 80,424.
  2. Entities with granted proposals: 3,328 of the Spanish applicant entities were awarded grants to carry out their R&D activities.
  3. Granted proposals: there were 6,719 granted proposals with Spanish participation. That meant a total of 12,414 Spanish participations in granted proposals.
  4. 1 out of every 4 proposals with at least one Spanish participant has been granted.

Leadership: first country leading IAs and RIAs

Spain is the first country leading H2020 Research Innovation Actions (RIAs) and Innovation Actions (IAs) – collaborative projects. Moreover, Spain coordinated 940 of all the granted projects in the period (16.5% of the total).  

In regard to the distribution of the funding among the different participant entities: 36% of the received funding was awarded to companies, 20.5% to universities, 12.1% to Research Associations, 11% to Public Research Centres, 10.9% to Technological Centres, 5.7% to Public Administrations, 3.2% to Associations and 0.1% to European Associations. 

Distribution of funding among the participant entities in Spain (2014-2019). Source: chart created with data from the document (Spanish): H2020 – Resultados de la participación española por tipos de entidad y temáticas (2014-2019)”  published by CDTI, on the 31/07/2020.

Other relevant information

Territorial distribution

Within Spain, the Autonomous Communities with the highest return of funds are Cataluña, Madrid, País Vasco, Comunidad Valenciana and Andalucía.

Territorial distribution of the funding in Spain (2014-2019). Source: chart created with data from the document (Spanish): H2020 – Resultados de la participación española por Comunidades Autónomas (2014-2019) published by CDTI, on the 31/07/2020.

Topics 

Spain has been notably successful in the following topics/Calls/programmes:

  • Innovation in SMEs: SME Instrument Programme (now EIC Accelerator).
  • Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology.
  • Social Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

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