Horizon 2020 Overall

Horizon 2020 is the main research, technological development and innovation funding programme of the European Commission. Between 2014 and 2018, a total of 170,606 applications were submitted and 20,167 were successful, giving a success rate of 11.8%.

Successful/received applicationsSuccess rate

Source: Accelopment: Lessons learnt from Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 FET Open

FET Open is a Horizon 2020 call for any future and emerging technology, with a preference for projects which can be commercialized in the near future. Between 2015 and 2017, 2379 applications were submitted and 70 were successful, giving a success rate of 2.9%.

Successful/received applicationsSuccess rate
Jan 2017 deadline26/3657.1%
May 2016 deadline22/5444%
Second 2015 deadline11/8001.4%
First 2015 deadline11/6701.6%

Source: Karolinska Institutet: The Future and Emerging Technologies Programme


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is the UK funding agency for research in engineering and the physical sciences, including mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science. The success rates for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 were 32%, 34% and 29%.


The overall success rate was 29% for the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. EPSRC considered 2589 research grant proposals through peer review and funded 740.

Success rate
Research Infrastructure70%
Physical Sciences35%
Capability Engineering34%
Challenge Digital Economy33%
Manufacturing the Future14%
Mathematical Sciences28%
Information and Communication…24%
Healthcare Technologies23%
Global Uncertainties22%


The overall success rate was 34% for the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. EPSRC considered 2375 research grant proposals through peer review and funded 806.

Success rate
Digital Economy34%
Global Uncertainties40%
Healthcare Technologies33%
Manufacturing the Future30%
Information and Communication…28%
Mathematical Sciences24%
Physical Sciences23%
Research Infrastructure 22%
Quantum Technologies22%


The overall success rate was 32% for the year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. EPSRC considered 2425 research grant proposals through peer review and funded 784.

Success rate
Digital Economy37%
Global Uncertainties39%
Healthcare Technologies39%
Living with Environmental Change38%
Manufacturing the Future40%
Information and Communication Tech…30%
Mathematical Sciences34%
Physical Sciences29%
Research Infrastructure67%
Quantum Technologies30%

Source: EPSRC: Funding rates

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust is a foundation that awards research grants in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. In 2018 the Trust considered 3769 grant proposals and fund 670, giving an overall success rate of 17.8%.

2018Received applicationsSuccess rate
Research Project Grants85620%
Early Career Fellowships73918%
Research Fellowships67118%
Philip Leverhulme Prizes3968%
Major Research Fellowships14520%
Visiting Professorships13431%
Study Abroad Studentships Emeritus…9633%
Emeritus Fellowships8446%
International Academic Fellowships3949%

Source: Leverhulme Trust: 2018 Annual Review