The European Research Executive Agency (REA) invites experts from a wide range of fields, including the mountain research community, to register in the European Commission’s experts database.

From this database, the REA will 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 and expertise 

The REA are particularly 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 

Civil 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 

  • Robotics 

  • e-Government, open government  

  • Bioinformatics  

  • 3D printing, 3D modelling 

  • Augmented reality, virtual reality 

  • Blockchain 

  • Nanotechnology 

  • Seismology 

  • 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 

  • Physics 

  • Medicine 

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 the REA 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

Practical information for contracted experts 

The REA have compiled information on how to access the evaluation centre, a list of hotels at negotiated rates and further practical information on the Commission’s experts’ page under “Logistics for Brussels”.

Read the Call for Experts here.


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