On 6 September, the ARTEMIS Call for 2012 closed. Twenty-five proposals had been submitted, though one submission was evidently an error and it was declared ineligible. With 24 proposals safely dispatched for evaluation, time to take a look at what the ARTEMIS community had submitted.
Call 2012 was the first to ask for “AIPPs”. You can find a more detailed description elsewhere in this magazine, but AIPPs are meant to be very large initiatives, which are challenging to put together and submit. Among the 24 eligible proposals were two such AIPPs, both with exciting content and, on paper at least, a strong ambition to build significantly on Europe’s capacity to innovate. In addition to the two AIPP proposals, both for more than €80 m total cost each, 4 “ASP” proposals of more than €20 m and 8 proposals of more than €10 m and another 5 of very close to €10 m were submitted. A distinct step is noticeable to the smallest proposals of around €5 m and less. This indicates that the majority of proposers have understood the “Think Big” message of ARTEMIS, though a few – at first sight quite good – proposals are indeed the smaller range. Hopefully, the proposers have taken the ARTEMIS message of “Large projects supported by smaller, targeted initiatives” to heart, to ensure that the “Impact” required of an ARTEMIS project, even a small one, can be realised.
The €486 m “Total Costs Requested” in the proposals results in a request for funding of €244 m, or a little less than twice the available budget for the Call. A quite traditional pattern of over-subscription can be seen across the countries involved, though the distortion given by the mix of AIPP and ASP proposals and budgets makes a single “Oversubscription rate” figure of rather questionable use for this Call.
Analysing the participation of the different participant types shows that Call 2012 has again attracted a nicely balanced mix of industry and academia appropriate for its market-facing programme, and again a very healthy participation by SMEs. The details of this breakdown are given in the figures.