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: