Registration as an external expert for EC projects

Gain valuable expertise in EU-funded projects by becoming an external evaluator and helping the European Commission assess projects in response to calls for proposals in the framework of the (Eco-) Innovation, Intelligent Energy Europe Programmes and 7th Framework Programme etc.

The new Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) has a standing open call for external experts to help evaluate project proposals in response to calls for proposals published on behalf of the European Commission (EC). These Programmes fall under the Competitiveness & Innovation Programme (CIP), which was set up by the EC in 2007 to complement the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). CIP & FP7 will run until the end of 2013. The external experts may also be asked to evaluate on-going or completed projects under the above-mentioned Programmes, as well as the programmes themselves in order to assess their global impact.

Why become an evaluator?

Evaluators have the unique possibility of assessing worldwide research proposals and contributing to the process of selecting the strongest for EU funding. This experience also provides an opportunity for evaluators to network with a wide range of experts from different fields, both inside and outside the EU, and discuss recent research developments, paving the way for future scientific breakthroughs.

Becoming an evaluator is an excellent route to:

  • Writing better proposals and understanding the expectations of EC funding programmes
  • Gaining an insight into the format of the evaluation process for EU funding Programmes
  • Identifying future project partners

What skills do you need to become an evaluator?

  • A high level of expertise in research or innovation in any scientific and technological field, including managerial aspects
  • A university degree, and availability for occasional, short-term assignments

 How to become an evaluator 

  1. Create a ECAS account – which will allow you to create a profile for selection in FP7 projects
  2. Log in and register your profile – the form should take less than 30 minutes to complete and consists of 6 sections on skills and expertise relating to research and innovation assignments.


  1. Complete the online application for CIP (EACI)

Once registered as an expert in the EC database, you will be considered for selection. All FP7 proposals are assessed through a “peer review” evaluation. These evaluations generally involve some remote work and can entail travelling to Brussels to finalise the selection of the best proposals.

Evaluators are entitled to reimbursement at competitive, fixed daily rates. Travel and subsistence expenses are also normally covered.

All applications must be submitted before 30th September 2013 using the online application system. For more information contact: Ryan Titley,

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