Welcome to 3D Impact.
If you are visiting this website, you are probably looking for opportunities to fund part of your research idea or business innovation through European public grants like the Horizon2020 programme. You also probably know about the complexity of developing such grant applications and the very high competition. Despite a total grants budget of €80 billion between 2014-2020, H2020 research grant applications have an average success rate of just 12%, with some Calls as low as just 2%. The total cost of preparing for an EU grant – expressed in time spent by a project consortium on preparing the application – can be as high as €100.000.
''In order to obtain grant funding, you must treat the EU as your client and your project must fulfil the Commission’s needs rather than the other way around!''
Traditional grant consultancies will sell you the names of funding programmes that might be relevant and then tell you how the programme fits your research idea. The low funding success rates are clear evidence that that approach does not work in EU research and innovation funding anymore! The European Commission uses these grants as its prime instrument to solve European societal and competition problems. This means that in order to obtain funding, you must treat the EU as your client and your project must fulfil the Commission’s needs rather than the other way around!
So before you make a decision whether to invest significant time on highly competitive EU grant schemes like H2020, COST, CEF, Life+, NER, Interreg or others, you need to know whether your idea or innovation:
- really meets the stated and implicit European Commission policy priorities;
- fits the innovation standards expected by the European Commission;
- can be framed to show that it addresses a major European societal challenge;
- will be able to convincingly demonstrate the required the socio-economic impact on a European scale.