The European Commission (EC) needs independent experts for Horizon 2020, the new €79 billion EU research and innovation programme. The call for applications was formally launched at the end of November 2013. As well as attracting the best academic researchers, the EC wants to boost the number of specialists from the world of business.
Apart from evaluating proposals for funding, experts are needed for monitoring funded projects as well as programme evaluation and policy development. A broad range of fields are covered including science, technology, innovation, social sciences and humanities, business and more, as set out in full in the published call .
The objective is to ensure that EU grants are awarded only to the best research and innovation proposals, based on a rigorous peer-review process. Interested candidates are invited to apply online as soon as possible in preparation for the first project proposal evaluations, which are expected to start in early 2014.
The call will remain open for the entire duration of Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).
Experts who registered under the 7th Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7, 2007-13) and are interested in applying for Horizon 2020 assignments must signal their interest by selecting the new programme in the online platform, and update their fields of expertise.
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The Research Executive Agency (REA) is expected to select and manage a large share of research and innovation projects under Horizon 2020. The Agency will also manage the evaluation facilities and the support for experts for the whole programme.
Source: European Commission, The Research Executive Agency (22/11/13)