International Cooperation and EU13 New Member States

What are the reasons for lower success rates of proposals from new EU member states (EU-13) in the area of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in FP7? And what can be done to improve these success rates in Horizon 2020? Net4Society has analysed reasons for the low participation and success rates of EU-13 and produced a report with recommendations on how national policy makers and NCPs can support the better inclusion of researchers from these countries.


According to the conclusions of the “Interim Evaluation of the Seventh Framework Programme” (Expert Group report), the success rates of researchers from new EU member states (EU13) are systematically lower than for other countries.

As network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) /Societal Challenge 6 in Horizon 2020, Net4Society aims to support the successful participation of all EU Member States in Horizon 2020. In this context, Net4Society carried out an online survey and a number of expert interviews in 2013 focusing on the participation of new EU member states (EU-13: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) in the SSH area of FP7.

Based on the survey and interviews, as well as an extensive analysis of existing literature, Net4Society has published the report “Analysis of participation of new EU Member States (“EU-13”) in FP7 in the area of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH)” in June 2014. The report provides recommendations for national policy makers and National Contact Points on how to improve the participation of the new EU member states in the area of SSH in Horizon 2020.




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