The European Research Executive Agency (REA) invites experts from a wide range of fields to register in the European Commission’s experts database. From this database, we select candidates with the most suitable profile for the following activities:
- Evaluating project proposals applying for funding under Horizon Europe, the Promotion of Agricultural Products programme and the Research Fund for Coal and Steel, or
- Monitoring the implementation of funded projects.
Profiles & expertise
We are in particular looking for experts from the following sectors:
- Industry, business associations and innovation agencies,
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society organisations,
- Local, regional and national administration,
- International organisations,
- Universities and research institutes.
Experts should have extensive experience in at least one of the following fields.
Food and agriculture
- Forestry including agroforestry, wildfire prevention, hands-on experience in forest management and ecosystems
- Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and food systems including plant health, weed and pest management, pesticide reduction, veterinary medicine; climate-smart farms and forests, climate resilience
- Digitalisation in farming including precision agriculture, remote sensing or GIS for sustainable farms, fisheries and food supply chains
- Nutrition including sustainable diets, quality labels for dietary shift
- Communication and marketing of agricultural products including promotional strategies, market research, public relations, advertising
Environment and bio-economy
- Remote sensing, spatial planning, maritime observation
- Lifecycle assessment and analysis
- Circular economy, food waste, sustainable packaging, value chains
- Biodiversity, ecosystems
- Zero pollution, pollution removal, carbon cycle, water security
- Law enforcement including police, border security, crime and anti-terrorism experts
- Civil protection, fire fighters, medical emergency teams
- Cyber security, sensors, UAVs/drones
- Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials
Engineering, IT and technologies
- Cloud computing, big data, data interoperability, data mining, data visualisation, digital twins
- Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning
- e-Government, open government
- 3D printing, 3D modelling
- Augmented reality, virtual reality
- Electric propulsion and electric vehicle batteries
Culture and creativity
- Cultural heritage: curation, restoration, conservation
- Creative industries, collective memory, cultural tourism
- Archaeology, artefacts, museology
Democracy and society
- International cooperation including globalisation, diplomacy, global governance, international relations
- Disinformation, misinformation, fake news, press freedom, media studies
- Radicalisation including terrorism, extremism, hate crime, homophobia, fascism, racism, stigmatisation, postcolonial studies
- Migration and integration including Islam, human rights, conflict resolution/management, peacebuilding
- European identity, European studies, political science, political philosophy
- Citizen participation, youth participation
- Democratisation, solidarity, polarisation, elections, populism, corruption
- Social inclusion, labour market, robotisation, social stratification, ageing, lifelong learning, econometrics
- Digital literacy including digital services, digital transformation, digital governance, digital democracy, user-centric services
Other fields of science and innovation
- Social sciences and humanities including gender studies and ethics
- Open science: open data, open source, interdisciplinary research
- Open innovation, knowledge transfer, commercial take-up
Nature of the assignment
If you are contracted as an evaluator, you will be part of a peer-review panel which assesses funding proposals based on defined selection criteria. The panel’s assessment will be the basis of the European Commission's funding decision.
If you are contracted to review a project, you will assess its progress and achievements against the plan outlined in the funding proposal and provide a report on the state of play.
In most cases, you will carry out your work online. However, in some cases we may invite you to attend meetings or an on-site evaluation at the Covent Garden evaluation centre in Brussels; in these cases you may be eligible for accommodation and subsistence allowances, as well as reimbursement of your travel costs.
For further information, please have a look at the model contract for experts.
How to register
- If you are interested, please register in the European Commission database of independent experts.
- For further advice on registering your profile, please read the FAQs and consult the IT manual.
- For general questions on working as an expert, please contact the EuropeDirect service.