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News article29 November 2021European Research Executive Agency2 min read

Help us select the best research proposals to deliver on the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe

We are looking for specialists in soil-related fields to evaluate and select the best proposals for EU research funding. Check out how to become an expert for the European Commission.

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The European Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme will provide €320 million funding during the period 2021-23 to help deliver the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe.

Thousands of independent experts from across the world help us every year to evaluate and select the best proposals for EU research funding.

We are looking for experienced and motivated specialists in soil-related fields to evaluate and select the best innovative ideas that could advance the protection and restoration of soils in Europe and beyond.

What profiles are we looking for?

In particular, we are looking for experts from local and regional administrations as well as experts from civil society, universities, research institutes and industry.

Applicants should be specialists with relevant professional experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Drivers and indicators of soil health and land degradation;
  • The co-creation of public and private solutions for protection and restoration of soil health;
  • Soil health co-benefits;
  • Innovative finance options to promote soil health, sustainable land use and soil practices, as well as new value chains and products;
  • The relationship between safe food systems and soil health;
  • Earth observation and digital technologies, including knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Soil literacy and citizen science;
  • Social innovation including knowledge transfer and educational strategies.

What are the advantages?

Apart from a competitive remuneration, there are plenty of advantages to work as an expert for the European Commission. Firstly, it offers professionals the chance to play a key role in one of the most important initiatives of the European Commission to transform Europe into a greener, more inclusive and resilient continent.

Secondly, it offers the opportunity to contribute to an ambitious research and innovation programme to lead the transition towards healthy soils.

Finally, it offers the possibility to network with other specialists. Watch what positive aspects previous experts highlight.

What is the experts’ role?

Experts will assess proposals submitted to Horizon Europe funding to advance the goals set up by the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe. The selected experts will work individually and in teams, remotely or in person.

How do we select experts?

We look at the professional and technical expertise, language skills and absence of conflict of interest of the different profiles registered on the European Commission’s database.

We select the profiles aiming to compose balanced panels of experts in terms of geographical origin, business and private sector, and gender.

How to become an expert for the European Commission?

Register in the European Commission's expert database and make sure to complete all sections of the online application form.

It is important to well document your know-how and to add relevant keywords describing your field/s of expertise and background.

If you are already an expert, update your profile following the above tips.

Take a look also at the HE Online Manual for additional information.

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Publication date
29 November 2021
European Research Executive Agency