European Commission needs input from external experts given the broad range of research domains covered by the framework programmes. Horizon 2020 covers activities related to science and technology, innovation, social sciences and humanities, ethics, gender, communication, project management and more.

The Commission seeks to substantially increase the number of specialists from the commercial and business communities working on the programme, in addition to the numbers of researchers and academics.

Working as an independent expert, you could:

  • Evaluate proposals to select the best ones for funding
  • Monitor the progress of on-going projects
  • Evaluate research and innovation (R&I) programmes
  • Design R&I policies for the EU

As an expert you perform this work as an independent individual and do not represent a company or organisation. The Commission recruits experts from a central database, where you can register through here at any time. Registration is open to experts of any nationality including those outside of the EU and Associated Countries.

Working as an expert, you may like to know:

Place of work

All or part of the evaluation and monitoring may be carried out at your home or place of work (remote evaluation), or at the Commission's offices in Brussels or Luxembourg, depending on the type of work to be done. Review sessions and audits, involving project representatives, may take place either at Commission offices or on the beneficiaries' premises.

Conflicts of interest

The Commission will not appoint you as an expert for proposals or projects if you have a vested interest that could influence the way you evaluate them. For more detail please see the section on contracting and payments and the model contract for experts.


If you are going to be handling classified information, you will need security clearance before you can sign a contract.


As an expert, you will receive EUR 450 for each full day worked. Your travel and subsistence costs will be refunded.

Amount of work

Projects are usually monitored and evaluated in sessions lasting 15 days a year at most. The number of proposals you assess will largely depend on the area concerned.