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Call for Expression of Interest for EIT Food Evaluators

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EIT Food is a consortium of more than 50 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries that has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the agrifood sector. As one of the largest public funded initiatives in the EU agrifood innovation space, the EIT Food KIC acts as a people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, driving consumer confidence and improving global health.

Role description

EIT Food is working with a pool of external experts to assist with the following tasks:

  • evaluation of project proposals submitted by partners in response to a Call for Proposals;
  • monitoring and advising on EIT Food’s permanent (infrastructure) programmes;
  • assisting EIT Food by providing opinions and advice in specific cases (ad-hoc tasks).

With this call we are looking for experts who will be able to undertake review of proposals submitted in response to the Call for Proposals and Contributors 2021 (details are available on EIT Food website) with the submission deadline of 28 June 2020. The desk-based review of proposals will have to be undertaken in the first 3 weeks of July and online review panel meetings will be held in the w/c 20 July 2020.

Knowledge, skills and experience

Following the 2019 call for experts which resulted in the constitution of the initial database of experts to be used for the next 3 years, EIT Food is now only looking for experts with 15+ years of experience and proven track record to fill the following expertise gaps.

  • Business Creation area is looking for experts in entrepreneurship, business creation, start-ups, new ventures, acceleration/incubation and investment (Venture Capital) with following profiles -
    • founding/managing tech start-ups (experience in agri-food space is an not mandatory but would be an advantage)
    • supporting entrepreneurs and tech start-ups via University/business incubators, corporate or independent accelerators
    • investment managers of tech VC funds
    • managers of public programmes to support/foster tech entrepreneurship or similar.
  • Innovation area is looking in particular for experts with strong business background in the following focus areas -
    • Sustainable Agriculture: animal, plant and soil microbiome; sustainable animal feed; precision, smart and vertical farming
    • Sustainable Aquaculture: algae production, safe, healthy & quality food from aquaculture, smart aquaculture, sustainable aquaculture
    • Digital Traceability: traceability, digital traceability, digital technologies, supply chain traceability, digital food system, supply chain transparency, supply chain optimization, supply chain efficiency, digital supply chain
    • Circular Food Systems: food loss and food waste, reuse of resources, side stream reutilisation, sustainable packaging, sustainable farming, nutrient recycling
    • Alternative Proteins: only experts with strong business background.
    • Targeted Nutrition: only experts with strong business background and healthy nutrition.

We encourage the applications from experts in RIS countries / regions (please refer to the Call Guidelines available on EIT Food website for the definition).

All applicants should have good command of English (proficiency level of C1 and above). Previous experience as a reviewer of donor funded projects or the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities is not required but will be considered an advantage.

Application and Selection Procedure

The call is open to individuals with relevant experience. Please submit your expression of interest by 15 June midnight (CET) by filling the online application and attaching your CV.

Make sure to fully complete all sections. Areas of expertise and professional experience should be adequately detailed and documented. An application is considered complete once confirmed as valid in the online electronic system.

If you already submitted your application in 2019 and have received positive feedback, you do not need to reapply – your profile is stored in our database.

Independent experts shall be selected for inclusion based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence: relevant expertise (50%)
  • Experience: professional experience (20%), previous reviewer experience (10%);
  • Complementarity: domains covered (20%).

Successful candidates will be notified latest by 29 June 2020. Only the experts whose expertise corresponds to the needs for the database of evaluators will be contacted by EIT Food. This does not prevent the experts not included to apply to future call for expression of interest. Inclusion in the database will be for a 3-year term, which can be renewed.

For its annual Call for Proposals cycle, EIT Food will select from the database of evaluators to establish panels that will have a balanced composition in terms of various skills, experience, and knowledge, geographical diversity and gender, depending on the composition of proposals put forward by the EIT Food partners.

The personal data collected in the context of the present call will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 “on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data”.


There will be no compensation for being included in the database. When included in an evaluation panel, EIT Food IVZW will pay a service fee of 450 euro (excluding VAT) per day spent in assisting EIT Food IVZW. Evaluators are responsible to comply with their local legal and fiscal regulation in relation to the payment. The effort spent will have to be documented in a timesheet, a template of which will be provided.

All review panels will be organised online, no travel is foreseen.

Conflict of Interest

To ensure the independence of the work that they are called upon to perform in their capacity as ‘independent experts’, prior to the signature of their contract, they will be required to attest that they agree to abide by the terms of the code of conduct (including confidentiality aspects) in the electronic exchange system. In particular, they will be required to sign a declaration certifying that there is no conflict of interest at the time of contracting and that they undertake to inform EIT Food or the relevant funding body if any conflict should arise in the course of their duties.
The task of the Expert is to perform in a confidential, fair and equitable manner the work according to the instruction of EIT Food. Expert must use their best endeavors to achieve this, follow any instructions given by EIT Food to this end and deliver a constant and high quality of work.

Experts shall be excluded from participation in this call if they have a conflict of interest in connection with the proposals or proposers; a conflict of interest could arise in particular as a result of economic interests, political or national affinities, family or emotional ties or any other relevant connection or shared interest.

At the signature of the contract, experts shall provide a declaration on their honour stating that they are not in one of the situations of exclusion listed above. If Expert selected for performing evaluation tasks has a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest with any proposed KIC Added value activity, they must declare such facts to EIT Food as soon as they become aware of this. In this case, they must immediately stop reviewing the proposal in question until instructed otherwise by EIT Food.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States