Horizon Europe: online consultation to support preparation of the first Strategic Plan now open until 8 September 2019

The Commission has launched an online public consultation to inform its work to prepare the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe. The Strategic Plan will then guide the work programmes and calls for proposals for Horizon Europe’s first four years (2021-2024). The online consultation will close on 8 September 2019.

For more information, please see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/have-your-say-future-objectives-eu-funded-research-and-innovation-2019-jun-28_en

The questionnaire itself, as well as the supporting document, can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/HorizonEurope_Codesign_2021-2024

Work as an external expert in the framework programme Horizon 2020

Call is addressed to individuals for the establishment of a database of prospective independent experts to assist European Commission services with tasks in connection with Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Subject to the applicable criteria and procedures established by the rules for the participation and dissemination of results in “Horizon 2020, the Commission and, where appropriate, funding bodies may appoint independent experts to advise on or assist with the:

  • evaluation of proposals;
  • monitoring of the implementation of actions carried out under Horizon 2020 as well as of previous Research and/or Innovation Programmes;
  • implementation of Union research and innovation policy or programmes including Horizon 2020, as well as the achievement and functioning of the European Research Area;
  • evaluation of Research and Innovation Programmes;
  • design of the Union’s research and innovation policy including the preparation of future programmes.

European Commission therefore invites individuals to apply as prospective independent experts via the “Participant Portal” in order to be included in its database of experts.

Independent experts shall be chosen on the basis of skills, experience and knowledge appropriate to carry out the tasks assigned to them.

Prospective independent experts are expected to have a high level of professional experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • European Research Council (ERC);
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET);
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development;
  • Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures);
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies:
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
  • Nanotechnologies;
  • Advanced materials;
  • Biotechnology;
  • Advanced manufacturing and processing;
  • Space;
  • Access to risk finance (debt or equity financing);
  • Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bio-economy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens;
  • Spreading excellence and widening participation;
  • Science with and for society.

Expertise will also be required on cross cutting issues such as:

  • International cooperation in science and technology,
  • Administration, management or evaluation of research and innovation projects, programmes or policies,
  • Innovation (technological as well as non-technological), including social innovation, innovation processes and management,
  • Business management, with expertise in product/service management, marketing, investment and financial instruments (e.g. equity and debt financing), etc. particularly with regard to innovative SMEs,
  • Use of the results of research and innovation projects, dissemination knowledge transfer and intellectual property rights,
  • Socio-economic sciences and humanities, including societal and economic impact and risk assessment,
  • Responsible research and innovation, including public engagement, science education,
  • Gender equality and gender content of research,
  • Research career development, doctoral training and enhancement of skills,
  • Ethics in research (e.g. human protection, involvement of children/vulnerable populations, data protection, animal welfare, environment protection, international cooperation, misuse/malevolent use, research integrity, etc.),
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation,
  • Research and innovation policy
  • Sustainable development
  • Communication

Prospective independent experts shall also have appropriate language skills for the tasks to be carried out.

Interested? Please join the database of external experts!

Applications may only be submitted via the online electronic exchange system available at the following website address:




The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement on Horizon Europe


With only 7% of the world’s population, Europe accounts for 20% of global R&D investment, produces one third of all high-quality scientific publications, and holds a world leading position in industrial sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, mechanical engineering and fashion.

EU funding has allowed teams across countries and scientific disciplines to work together and make unthinkable discoveries, making Europe a world-class leader in research and innovation.

Horizon Europe builds on this success and introduces a number of new features to continue to make a real difference in the lives of citizens and society as a whole.

There will be a strong degree of continuity with Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation programme for 2014-2020: three pillars, excellence at the core, and maintaining the tested funding rules and procedures of Horizon 2020. But it has been improved to maximise its impact, its relevance to society and its potential for breakthrough innovation.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe, proposed by the Commission in June 2018 as part of the EU-long-term-budget for the years 2021-2027, is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever and will keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement on Horizon Europe, but at this moment is still a subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council. Horizon Europe’s budgetary aspects are subject to the overall agreement on the EU’s next long-term budget.

Synergies with other future EU programmes and policies are still subject to further discussions depending on the progress made with other sectoral proposals within the EU’s long-term budget. Provisions on international association agreements are also subject to further discussions.

The Commission will now start preparing Horizon Europe’s implementation in order to have the first draft work programmes published in time for the programme’s launch on 1 January 2021.

Commissioner Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science, and Innovation, said: ”I warmly welcome this agreement with the strong support for the new European Innovation Council and our mission driven research agendas. We are now on track to launch the most ambitious ever European research and innovation programme in 2021, shaping the future for a strong, sustainable and competitive European economy and benefiting all regions in Europe.”

Horizon Europe will build on the achievements and success of the current research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020). It will continue to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, and will benefit from the scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Commission’s science and knowledge service.