Ensuring transparency is one of the main goals in the evaluation process of European publicly funded projects in general, and especially the ones funded under Horizon 2020. For that reason, The European Commission publishes periodically an up-to-date list of the active evaluators in their pull.
High level experts are selected according to the topics and the expected number of proposals related with each topic. Most of the evaluators belong to the private sector, and almost half are women. Almost 60 different nationalities are represented in total and around 10% of evaluators are from non-EU countries.
Experts in any field can apply to be an evaluator in the European Commission. But, what does an expert need to be an evaluator?
First of all, to have a high level of expertise in the relevant fields of research and innovation.
And secondly, he must be be available for occasional, short-term assignments.
Each evaluator works independently, and remotely, and there is no contact between them.
Projects are evaluated with the three criteria: “impact”, “excellence” and “quality of implementation”.
Impartiality is assured by making experts confirm there are no conflicts of interest for the work they are carrying out, by submitting a code of conduct that asserts they work in an independent, impartial and confidential way.
To be selected for funding, projects must have a minimum score (threshold for SME Instrument is 13 for Phase 1, and 12 for Phase 2).
Under the SME instrument, if a proposal is not funded, applicants can resubmit their applications as many times as they wish. Evaluators are different each time. However, the mayority of scores of the same project in different calls do not change substantially. There is also a yearly rotation of 20% of the experts to ensure there is an impartial treatment of the projects submitted.
For further information, please check this link: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/list-sme-instrument-evaluators-published.