The importance of working as European expert

We always think that to be competitive in Europe and get funding for our projects the best options are: to have a powerful consortium, to hire the best consultant in the market, to “pull contacts” that can give us some competitive advantage… and all this, of course, is very useful and very valid. But what happens if you don’t have a sufficiently international network? What happens if you don’t know which consultancy firm to contact? And what if you don’t know who to turn to explain the details of the calls for proposals? Things can get complicated and you can become demotivated, thinking that getting European funding, in your case, is mission impossible.

But in reality, you are an expert in your scientific or technological field, you have experience in business, you have won national projects, you have managed other types of funds … all this is useless? Don’t you ever wonder who are the people who decide who gets the funds you are so eager to get? Well, they are people like you, who make their expertise available to the European institutions during the proposal evaluation process. And this work can be of vital importance for you to be the one who later wins a project. If you want to know what it means to be a European evaluator, you are in the right place.


European Project Evaluators are independent experts who assist the European Commission (EC) or other bodies linked to it in the evaluation of proposals submitted to Research and Technological Development calls. Any citizen of the European Community can be a candidate, as long as he/she is registered in the database of experts of the EC or of the specific program to which he/she is applying as an evaluator.

In general terms, the criteria to be fulfilled to be eligible as evaluators are shown below.

Skills and knowledge in the field of science, industry and/or innovation.

Proficiency in English for reading, understanding and discussing proposals, although other languages will also be considered

Aptitude to appreciate the stakes and the industrial or social dimension of the projects to be presented

Independence; the evaluator shall not have any employment relationship that may imply a conflict of interest


Within the European proposal evaluations, there are different roles that can be exercised. Here is a list of the most common ones:

  • Expert Evaluators: they focus on the evaluation of proposals for specific calls. Within this category we have different modalities such as evaluator, rapporteur, chairperson, or vice-chairperson.
  • Projects Reviewers/Actions in execution: they are consulted during the life of the project, for example, to evaluate deliverables.
  • Observers: they report on the fairness of the evaluation process in all its phases. They check that the evaluation criteria are correctly applied by the experts.
  • EC advisory committees: assist in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of programs and policy design.


I am going to detail the main characteristics, as far as evaluation is concerned, of one of the largest platforms at the European level and that brings together a great variety of programs to be evaluated. It is the Funding & Tenders Portal de la Comisión Europea.

You can do this directly from the European Commission’s Funding & Tenders Portal, mentioned above, in the section “Work as an expert“. On this page, you have all the information about the open calls for experts, and you will have access through the blue button “Register as an expert”, to register your profile. If you have already participated in projects or proposals through this platform, you will be able to use your previous username and password, it is not necessary to create a new one.

  • Horizon 2020
  • Horizon Europe
  • Programs managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA): ERASMUS +, Europe for Citizens, Creative Europe, European Volunteering and Programs with Africa.
  • COSME, Competitiveness Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
  • Research Fund for Steel and Coal (RFCS).
  • Third Health Program (HEALTH).
  • Agricultural Products Promotion (AGRI).
  • Internal Security and Visa Fund (ISFB)
  • Justice Program (JUST) Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program (REC)
  • Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) Internal Security Fund – Police (POLICE)

In general, for all Programs (except those managed by EACEA), the evaluator’s work is remunerated as follows:

  • 450 €/day of full-time work (remote or on-site).
  • Travel expenses
    • 92 €/day as subsistence allowance
    • 100 €/day as accommodation allowance, when required.
  • In the case of the Programs managed by the EACEA: in the annexes of the call for experts there is a breakdown of the payments and reimbursements corresponding to the evaluators.

Here yo can find the call for experts for the period 2021-2027.


The Eurostars programme is is a funding and support programme, aimed at R&D-performing SMEs that wish to exploit the benefits that come with international collaboration.

Eurostars projects are:

  • transnational,
  • started and led by an SME,
  • involve at least two partners from two different Eurostars participating country,
  • involve at least one other partner from another Eurostars participating country, and
  • last no longer than three years.

The process is done through the Eurostars expert portal itself, where you will have to create your account and fill in the information related to your CV and your technical and market experience.

The Eurostars program pays special attention to the application of research to produce marketable products, processes and services. The applied commercialization strategy of the projects is considered as important as the degree of innovation and technical merit. It is therefore vital that Eurostars technical experts have an excellent knowledge of dissemination strategies, appropriate market areas and commercialization roads within that market.

Technical experts are entitled to receive 250 euros for each expert report submitted within the designated time frame and which is of high quality. The experts will have to issue an invoice in order to receive payment, which will occur within a maximum of 60 days.

The two main documents detailing the Eurostars evaluation process are as follows:


Possibility to learn first-hand about the latest advances in different areas of knowledge.

Learning the structure and content of successful European proposals

Professional exchange between evaluators

Possibility to establish contacts with European Commission officials and become familiar with their procedures

Financial compensation


No Comments

Post A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Este sitio web utiliza cookies para que usted tenga la mejor experiencia de usuario. Si continúa navegando está dando su consentimiento para la aceptación de las mencionadas cookies y la aceptación de nuestra política de cookies, pinche el enlace para mayor información.

Aviso de cookies