Research Executive Agency (REA) received 128 proposals in response to the European Researchers’ Night 2018-2019 call that closed on 14 February. This represents an increase of 13.27 % from the previous call in 2016, and is the highest number of proposal ever received. REA highlights the high number of UK proposals despite the uncertainties linked to Brexit, and the first ever proposals coming from Armenia, Georgia and Tunisia.

In total, some 104 proposals were received from 27 Member States, and 24 proposals from 11 Associated Countries. Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom represent together 28.9 % of the total number of proposals, receiving 14, 12 and 11 proposals from those countries respectively. Portugal, Romania, Germany and Poland were also well-represented, as well as France and the Netherlands.

Of the proposals received from Associated Countries, the highest number were submitted by Turkey (5), Republic of Serbia (4) and the Ukraine (4). And for the first time, Armenia, Georgia and Tunisia expressed interest in the action.

The central evaluation session will take place from 19 to 23 March, with the success rate expected to be in the region of 30-35 %, which is in line with previous years,.

The total budget of the call over the 2 years amounts to €12m, which represents a significant increase compared to previous calls.

The European Researchers’ Night is an annual outreach event funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, aimed at enhancing recognition of researchers amongst the general public. It also aims to stimulate interest in scientific careers amongst young people through the organisation of “edutaining” events. Around 1.1 million citizens took part last year.

Source: European Commission