ER-Rank is based on the freely and publicly available data on European research projects which have been funded by the European Commission during the past years. This data is taken from the CORDIS database which has been published via the internet by the European Commission at

Ranking Criteria:


A minimum of 5 projects per year is required to calculate the rank of an individual institution.
This means that if CORDIS has listed less projects for your institution at the time the ranking calculations are performed, your institution will not enter the ranking.

Funding & Projects

Total Project Funding

Total funding allocated to projects the institution has participated:

This criterium does not express the individual funding a given institution has received but represents the sum of all grants allocated to projects this institution has participated in.
Due to a strong possible bias caused by single participation within large scale projects ('lucky shots'), this criterium has been excluded from the ranking calculation since 2014.

Total Project Funding per Partner

Total funding allocated to projects the institution has participated divided by the number of partners:

Every participant contributes to the success of a proposal.
This criterium represents an estimate of the individual funding per institution. Since 2014, CORDIS provides information on the individual funding each project partner received for the majority of EU projects.
For projects which started before 2014, this criterium is estimated by assigning a proportional amount to each participant which is calculated by dividing the project grant by the number of participants.

Total Number of Projects

Total number of projects a institution has participated:

This index is using the count of the total number of projects an institution has participated in


Networking Rank (Reputation)

Rank, Reputation or Prestige (similar to Pagerank) of an institution within the network of project partners:

Quality of Networking activity: We use a variant of the PageRank algorithm to calculate the rank of a given institution within the European Research Network. The assumption hereby is that the quality or rank of partner institutions within a project determine the rank of a given partner.

Partner Constancy

Constancy or loyalty of partners of this institution:

To estimate the 'loyality' of institutions we use the ratio between co-participants a given instititutions has repeatedly cooperated and those this institution has cooperated only once.

This criterium has been excluded from the ranking calculation since 2016.

Project Leadership Index

Leadership according to the ratio and number of coordinated projects:

This index is calclated using the ratio between the number of projects a given institution has coordinated vs. the number he has 'only' participated in. The total number of projects is also weighted and used in an additional correction factor to calculate this index in order to avoid overestimation of those institutions which have participated in a low number of projects but coordinated one or two of them.

This criterium has been excluded from the ranking calculation since 2016.


Diversity Index

The diversity of CORDIS categories by which projects of this institution have been tagged:

Diversity of research areas: Each project information sheet contaims keywords which indicate the area of research of a distinct project taken from the CORDIS Subject Index Classification Codes.
We take the coverage as well as frequency of category terms a instition reaches within a given period of time and use a modified Herfindahl Index to calculate the diversity of research interest.

Many CORDIS records, especially those of H2020 do not provide this information anymore, therefore this criterium has been excluded from the ranking calculation since 2015.

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