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Register to be an independent expert to evaluate proposals in the Horizon Europe framework programme
10 September 2021
Modified: 10 September 2021
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Register to be a Horizon Europe expert

Call for Expression of Interest Work as an expert Frequently Asked Questions

For further information feel free to contact our colleagues of the Horizon Europe National Contact Points.

Apply to get included in the database of prospective independent experts to assist the European Commission. The European Commission invites applications from individuals who would take part as peer-reviewers in the assessment of research and innovation project proposals in the Horizon 2020 framework programme as well as the evaluation and monitoring of projects and actions.

The Call for Expression of Interest released for the period 2021-2027, covers expert and advisor activities related to all European funding programmes and procurements announced on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

You can register to the database of independent experts at the dedicated site of the Funding & Tenders Portal by filling in a detailed form and entering your professional competencies. Please note that existing profiles also need to be updated and completed at the dedicated site for this purpose, in accordance with the Horizon Europe requirements even for individuals who are registered as experts in the database of the previous framework programme (Horizon 2020).

Further information about the experts' activity and the calls for independent expert applications are available here: Call for Expression of Interest – Funding & Tenders Portal Expert Database 2021-2027.

The Research Executive Agency (REA) has prepared a video that aims at enticing new independent experts to evaluate, among others, Horizon Europe project proposals. The video demonstrates the benefits expert evaluators take from their contribution and experience. It focuses especially on attracting new experts from underrepresented Member States, experts from the private/business sector, and female experts.

Joining the evaluation of Horizon Europe proposals as an independent expert means significant benefits from both personal and organisational aspects, and also for the wider domestic researcher-reviewer community. While evaluating proposals at an international level, experts get an insight into the evaluation process as a whole and can have the experience of what makes a successful proposal or a failure. Such lessons learned can be well used later for own individual or institutional proposals. Another significant advantage is that such activities provides an opportunity for building connections and networking with professionals of the given field of science or technology as well as the staff of the European Commission or the Executive Agencies.

Collaboration with Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe experts

The NRDI Office considers it a high priority to promote the opportunity of getting registered in the expert database,by all means at its informative events, website and newsletters. An increasing number of Hungarian experts, through their experiences exploited and transferred into domestic practices, may contribute to improving the quality of proposals with Hungarian participation, and to a more sophisticated consideration of Central European performance throughout the process of evaluation.

The NRDI Office pays particular attention to provide opportunities at its information events and consultations organised by the Horizon Europe National Contact Points to get useful information and best practices shared and, among them, the experience of Hungarian Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe experts widely used.

Beyond that, the NRDI Office is committed to create an active community of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe experts, and for this purpose wishes to establish a long-term cooperation with all the experts involved in the evaluation process of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe calls.

Updated: 10 September 2021
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