More transparency where EU-funded research is going has always been a desirable. Also to know who is active in it and to what extent. ResearchRanking (beta) is an interesting attempt to rating European research institutions by participation in EU-funded projects. Total funding has been relatively steady over the past two decades:
The site allows search by institution to see how successful they have been in getting funding, whether as participants or as coordinators. When looking at my own institution, the data is still incomplete, only covering Framework Programmes, but since it is beta, I expect more to come. Still, it’s a good start and judging from how our project activities from the past are identified, it looks representative for the work we are doing.
Interesting to inspect are the ranking tables, where usual suspects CNRF (France) and Fraunhofer (Germany) are leading the 2010 table.
In summary, the site provides opportunities for interesting browsing and it’s worth spending a few moments on it. Finally, it seems, the idea of Open Data has reached the European Commission and we can expect more insights into the workings of the ivory tower in Brussels.