The European Commission is widening its search for experts from all fields to participate in shaping the agenda of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s future funding programme for research and innovation. The experts of the advisory groups will provide high quality and timely advice for the preparation of the Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals.
The Commission services plan to set up a certain number of Advisory Groups covering the Societal Challenges and other specific objectives of Horizon 2020. To reach the broadest range of individuals and actors with profiles suited to contribute to the European Union’s vision and objectives for Horizon 2020, including striving for a large proportion of newcomers, and to gain consistent and consolidated advice of high quality, the Commission is calling for expressions of interest with the aim of creating lists of high level experts that will participate in each of these groups.
Important Notice: The composition of the groups and the topics they will address may need to be adjusted to be fully in line with the final versions of the Horizon 2020 legislative acts.
The call for expressions of interest will stay open for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme. Experts can register at any time; however only those having expressed their interest no later than 6 March 2013 at 17.00, Brussels local time (CET) will be taken into account for the setting up of the first Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups. Expressions of interest received after this date will be taken into account for the renewal of groups at the end of each mandate.
Individuals in their personal capacity, representatives of collective interest groups and representatives of organisations can express their interest. Each advisory group shall be representative of the broad constituency of stakeholders, including industry and research actors as well as representatives of civil society, for the Horizon 2020 challenges/objectives concerned. The experts of the group will be designated in accordance with the Commission rules on expert groups.
Expertise is called for within the following areas:
- Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development
- Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
- Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies within the following areas:
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)*1
- Advanced materials
- Advanced manufacturing and processing
- Access to risk finance (debt or equity financing)
- Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy (including nuclear energy)
- Smart, green and integrated transport
- Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Inclusive, innovative and secure societies