Who are the Horizon 2020 champions? Get our complimentary ebooks with ranking of all (15000+)H2020 actors


  1. Have you realised that Horizon 2020 has been running already for more than 3 years?
  2. Do you want to know who are the champions in Horizon 2020 either based on the number of projects that they are involved or based on the awarded EC contribution? (hint: There are some big surprises!)
  3. Are you involved in Horizon 2020 projects and you wish to find your rank either at a global or national level?

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I have been learning from, I have been working with and I have been teaching champions in successful grant proposal development the last 10 years. The value that I have received from these encounters as well as the personal and professional development that I have been experiencing, was really extraordinary and also enjoyable. I always try to surround myself with people with higher standards and success records since this empowers and motivates me to progress continually. Currently, my key professional domain is coaching and supporting actors to exploit successfully Horizon 2020 and in this respect, I have decided to publish the champions in the most competitive programme and share them with you so that to start also engaging with them in your area and learning one from the other. All organisations that have been awarded Horizon 2020 projects in the first three years of the programme have been identified and ranked according to the total number of the projects they are involved as well as of the EC contribution that they have been allocated.

The results are surprising and in some cases, they are influenced by the national research structure (e.g. see in France) but in any case, they are quite useful and interesting. Therefore, in the first 10 places based on the total number of projects, we see the following organisations:

  1. CNRS (FR),
  2. Fraunhofer (DE),
  3. Cambridge University (UK),
  4. Oxford University (UK),
  5. CEA (FR),
  6. CNR (IT),
  7. UCL (UK),
  8. CSIC (ES),
  9. Max Planck Society (DE) and
  10. Kobenhavns universitet (DK)

In the same manner, in the first 10 places based on the total EC contribution, we see a different list but not with many changes:

  1. Max Planck Society (DE,
  2. CNRS (FR),
  3. Fraunhofer (DE),
  4. CEA (FR)
  5. Cambridge University (UK),
  6. Oxford University (UK),
  7. UCL (UK)
  8. Imperial College (UK),
  9. CNR (IT),
  10. CSIC (ES)

In any case, I personally believe that any organisation that has been involved in Horizon 2020 should consider this journey as a marathon that its mission is not to get first but to complete the racing, i.e. to deliver the expected project results, benefits and impacts as promised.

However, this mission should not underestimate the value of ranking all Horizon 2020 actors up to the end of year 2016 since it does not only allow us to identify the champions and learn from and work with but at the same to motivate us to do even better next year.

Therefore, I strongly advise you to download both publications from here that contain the ranking of all Horizon 2020 actors (15.000 plus organisations), see their performance (position, country code, no. of projects, total EC contribution). Also, in case, you wish to download the epublication on “who are the champions per topic” in Horizon 2020, you can find out how from this section.

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Nikolaos Floratos

About Nikolaos Floratos

Nikolaos Floratos after his undergraduate and postgraduate studies with distinction as engineer in London (Imperial College, City University), UK, has been working for a number of consultancy and Information Technology companies as consultant and project manager across Europe. He completed also an MBA (Master in Business Administration - National Technical University of Athens and Athens University of Economics and Business) and the last 19 years he is involved in planning, managing and evaluating large and small projects in the area of research, education, ICT (Information Communication Technologies), social inclusion, entrepreneurship, standardization and consumer issues. As a funding expert, personal trainer and coach, he has supported hundreds of individuals and organisations mainly from Europe but also from all over the world on managing state funding (e.g. from European Commission, National Funds, etc) and receive support for deploying their business idea or mission and he has proved that anyone can become a great proposal writer or project manager of european funded projects through proper guidance, training and coaching. He is an expert on behalf of the European Commission on evaluating and reviewing projects and proposals since 2003 and currently, he researches through a PhD how eLearning courses can increase students' engagement and motivation. He is the creator of the Funding Expert Transfomation Process™ system that can transform anyone to a great proposal writer and project manager of european funded projects. He is also interested in investing in highly innovative start-ups and SMEs and he is member of the European Business Angel Network and of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He has received more than 50 recommendations at his linkedin profile (www.linkedin.com/in/floratos) as a funding expert, coach and trainer. He is also the author of the ebook "Who are the Horizon 2020 champions and what to learn from them". He is also listed in the top first three search results by google as "Funding expert".

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