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Ongoing call for independent experts for Horizon 2020

date of publication > 12-November-2013

A call for Horizon 2020’s advisory groups of independent experts, to remain open for the lifetime of the programme, has been launched this November (2013). With the idea of having a diverse collective of European experts, the 15 Horizon 2020 groups will consist of 20-30 people with an average of 52 percent of the appointed experts being women.

In addition, the advisory groups, which draw from public, private and civil society include advisors who have never been involved in previous a EU research programme which allows for a fresh approach to Horizon 2020. The European Commission, organising the call, wants to boost the number of specialists from the business world in its already existing base of advisors.

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.


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.

While the groups’ names and missions have been fixed, groups are being finalised on an on-going basis as individual experts accept their appointment. Most of the groups’ members can be found on the European Commission’s online register for expert groups.

The 15 Horizon advisory groups cover the following areas:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development
  •  European research infrastructures including e-Infrastructures
  •  Information and communication technologies
  • Nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing
  • Space
  • Access to risk finance (debt and 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 bioeconomy and biotechnology 
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy and Euratom 
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, environment, 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