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Overview

Call for EIT Food Innovation Evaluators and Rapporteurs

Selection of Agrifood Evaluators with expertise in Innovation Management, Commercialisation, and Technology Transfer

Function

EIT Food Innovation invites applications from individuals with a view to establishing a database of independent evaluation experts who could be called on in connection with its Calls for proposals.

The application period for 2022 Call for proposals evaluation experts is 2 September – 1 October September.

EIT Food

EIT Food is a consortium of more than 200 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across more than 40 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.

Detailed scope of work

For Innovation Call 2022 there will be 2 phases:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

At the EOI stage, consortia will be asked to complete preliminary information about their proposal, including supporting business model and impact documentation.

After the EOI evaluation by expert evaluators, proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal based on their EOI evaluation score and available EIT funding for Business Plan 2022.

Stage 2: Full proposal

At the full proposal stage, consortia will be required to complete a more in-depth application, including a commercialization plan and additional supporting documentation.

Expert Evaluator

Expert evaluators will review all relevant background documentation (call-related documents and guidelines) and attend an online training with EIT Food Innovation. In both the EOI and full proposal phases evaluators will qualitatively assess their assigned proposals according to pre-defined evaluation criteria. They will give comments in English on each criterion (and each related question), which justify the given score and provide conclusions per criterion. It is critical that all comments and recommendations be written clearly, succinctly, and constructively. Expert evaluators are expected to be present and actively engaged in the Consensus and Panel Meetings. (See timeline below)

Rapporteur

The Rapporteur plays an essential role in the evaluation of EIT Food Innovation proposals. They are independent arbiters who gather the opinions of experts, summarise, and synthesize individual evaluation reports into a single report for each assigned proposal. Like the expert evaluators, Rapporteurs will review all relevant background documentation (call-related documents and guidelines) and attend an online training with EIT Food Innovation. During the EOI Consensus Meeting, Rapporteurs will summarise the scores and comments of the evaluators and write professional reports that will be sent to each applicant as justification for their acceptance or rejection into the full proposal round. Similarly, Rapporteurs will prepare for the Panels by reading all documents, moderate the Panels Q&A session, take notes of the discussion and scoring and write up the final version of the Panel Report. (See timeline below)

Knowledge, skills and experience

EIT Food Innovation is constituting a database of independent experts having a proven professional experience in the agri-food sector, in particular in the areas of innovation management, commercialisation of new products/services/processes and/or technology transfer.

Expert Evaluator

- At least 10 years of professional experience in the agrifood sector

- Strong background in innovation management and/or commercialisation of innovative products and services (or processes): specifically, experience with market and consumer needs in the agrifood sector, business plan and revenue forecasting, consumer analysis, intellectual property, product prototyping and route to market, and technology transfer

- An understanding of economics, data analysis and financial accounting skills

- Experience with criticality concept of technologies and innovation, TRL (technology readiness levels) and MRL (manufacturing readiness levels)

- Participation in the evaluation of EU-funded programmes, Horizon 2020 (preferred)

- Proven experience in at least one of the thematic areas/topics (listed below under Essential thematic areas/topics)

- Fluency in English (written and spoken), outgoing personality and ability to work well with a team

Rapporteur

- All Expert Evaluator qualifications

- Previous participation in evaluations as Rapporteur ( (or 3 rounds as an evaluator)

- Excellent writing skills (writing sample from previous Rapporteur work required)


Desired Expertise per essential Focus Area

Alternative Proteins

1. General understanding of different Alternative Protein sources used for Food or Feed (sources that substitute traditional animal-based sources)

2. Knowledge on Plant, Insect and Algae based Proteins; Cultivation and processing method of those; Single Cell Fermentation and Cell based Technologies

3. Valorisation of different food and feed side-streams

4. Optimisation of protein production processes, together with processes related to the consumer end products

5. Upscaling & implementation in production environment, to reduce complexity and costs

Product development, especially sensorial & functional properties of products

6. Consumer acceptance and behaviour aspects

7. Environmental Sustainability (sustainable use of natural resources, pollution reduction, food loss and waste, low carbon footprint)


Sustainable Agriculture

1. Regenerative agricultural practices

2. Sustainable use of resources

3. Reducing GHG remissions

4. Carbon sequestration

5. Sustainable soil and/or crop management

6. Biodiversity enhancement

7. Sustainable increase of crop yield and resilience

8. Animal health and welfare

9. Digitalisation of Agriculture


Targeted Nutrition

1. Expertise on solutions to overcome Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

2. Knowledge of the foundations of eating habits and human nutrition

3. Understanding of human metabolism and biochemical and biological foundations of nutrition and its connection with human health

4. Knowledge of the basic tools of information and communication technologies (ICT) used in the field of nutrition (data from wearables, reliable algorithms).

5. Knowledge of nutritional policies and standards

6. Understanding of specific nutritional requirements for specific group populations: elderly, obese & overweight adults and children

7. Microbiota based solutions

8. Digital and nutrition biomarkers

9. Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics


Sustainable Aquaculture

1. Food quality and safety

2. Farm management and digitalization of Aquaculture (including data gathering/monitoring, data analytics, automation/robotics/sensors, environmental monitoring, etc)

3. Performance of emerging systems (RAS, in aquaponics, open systems, off-shore and near-shore aquaculture)

4. Animal health and welfare

5. Ecosystem & biodiversity conservation and restoration

6. Environmental sustainability (sustainable use of natural resources, pollution reduction, food loss and waste, low carbon footprint)


Climate Change & Aquaculture

1. Production and processing of seaweed (macroalgae) and open culture microalgae

2. Digital marketplace, supply chain solutions, and collaboration platforms

3. Alternative and sustainable raw materials for fish feed

4. Circular and smart systems in production, processing and transportation

5. Social acceptance: transparency and communication of aquaculture activities and products


Digital Traceability

1. Digital solutions and technologies for the transformation of the food system

2. Digital sensing / monitoring / traceability

3. Food safety and quality

4. Value chain linkages

5. Transparency, consumer confidence, fraud


Circular Food Systems

1. Circular systems

2. Optimal resource use

3. Shelf life and preservation methods/technologies

4. Active and sustainable packaging

5. Resource stewardship

6. Responsible consumption

7. Side/waste stream valorisation

8. Novel processing technologies

9. Food loss / waste mitigation

Application and Selection Procedure

The call is open until 1 October 2021.
All sections of the application must be completed. Areas of expertise and professional experience should be adequately detailed. Rapporteur candidates are required to include a writing sample from their previous Rapporteur (or similar) work.

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

Expert Evaluator

´- Excellence:  expertise in an essential thematic area/topic (listed above) with strong Innovation Management, Commercialisation, and Technology Transfer experience (50%)

- Experience in the evaluation of EU-funded programmes and strong writing ability (50%)

Rapporteur

- Excellence:  expertise in an essential thematic area/topic (listed above) with strong Innovation Management, Commercialisation, and Technology Transfer experience (50%)

- Experience as a Rapporteur (or similar role) of EU-funded programmes and strong writing ability (50%)

For its annual Call for Proposals 2022 cycle, EIT Food Innovation will select the most qualified evaluators from its database to create panels appropriate for the specific proposals received and with a balanced composition of skills, experience, thematic knowledge, geographical and gender diversity. In particular, EIT Food has a policy to attain a balanced and mixed-gender evaluation panel. In this context, EIT Food has set a target of 40% of the under-represented gender in all evaluation panels.

The personal data collected in the context of the present call will be processed in accordance with regulation (EU) 2016 of the European Parliament and of the Council from April 27, 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and the repeal of directive 95/46/EC (hereinafter: “General Data Protection Regulation” or “GDPR”) and the Belgian law of July 30, 2018 regarding the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data.

Such data will be processed by EIT Food for the purposes of performing, managing and monitoring the contract

Prior to any work assignment, evaluators will be contracted and given a description of the tasks, duration, location (remote/physical), remuneration rates, and reimbursement methods. Evaluators will be issued both a Code of Conduct, including confidentiality, and a Conflict of Interest for each assignment to be reviewed and signed.

Compensation

There will be no compensation for being included in the database.

When evaluators are selected for a panel and receive compensation, they are responsible to comply with their local legal and fiscal regulation in relation to the payment.

Evaluators

When included as an evaluator, EIT Food IVZW will pay a fee of EUR 450/225 for each full/half day worked.

Payment of the fees is subject to the following conditions:

1.. Evaluator time is reflected in the request for payment (using the template provided by EIT Food).

2. The fee can only be claimed for days actually worked:

a) Consensus/Panel meetings actually attended which will be attested by a meeting log kept by EIT Food

b) Proposals actually evaluated (the fee is based on a provision that the expert evaluate 4 EOI proposals per day or 2 full proposals per day)

3. Tasks will be remunerated only if they were accomplished in accordance with the provisions of the Contract, within the given deadlines, to the highest standards of quality and if they were approved by EIT Food

Rapporteurs

When included as a Rapporteur, EIT Food IVZW will pay a fee of EUR 450/225 for each full/half day worked.

Payment of the fees is subject to the following conditions:

1. Evaluator time is reflected in the request for payment (using the template provided by EIT Food).

2. The fee can only be claimed for days actually worked:

a.) Consensus/Panel meetings moderated which will be attested by a meeting log kept by EIT Food

b) Proposals actually evaluated (the fee is based on a provision that the Rapporteur evaluate 4 EOI proposals per day or 2 full proposals per day)

c) Reports written (the fee is based on a provision that the Rapporteur write 4 professional reports per day for a maximum 3 days), summarising the findings of the evaluators and justifying the acceptance or rejection of proposals by EIT Food Innovation. The reports must be of a quality that they can be sent directly to applicants without editing.

3. Tasks will be remunerated only if they were accomplished in accordance with the provisions of the Contract, within the given deadlines, to the highest standards of quality and if they were approved by EIT Food

Evaluator time is reflected in the request for payment (using the template provided by EIT Food). As the panels are held online no travel expenses will be incurred or reimbursed.

Please note: Evaluators are required to have uninterrupted, strong internet connection and proper equipment like camera and headsets/microphones are needed. In case of a technical problem, which causes an evaluator to miss all or part of the online meetings, payment will be modified according to actual presence in the meeting

Timeline

Evaluators must be available to commit to all of the times and dates below. Dates marked TBA will be provided as soon as they are available.

1 October 2021
Application deadline

30 October 2021
Evaluator Selection. Notification of inclusion in the database of experts, and/or selection of experts for 2022 Call for Proposals.

November 2022, 2 hours TBA
Evaluator Training.Online training for evaluators and Rapporteurs.

December 2021 – January 2022 TBA, part-time
_EOI Evaluations._This is the period during which evaluators and Rapporteurs independently evaluate and score the EOIs. Evaluators are expected to carefully read and assess all proposal documents. Evaluators should arrive at Consensus Meetings with scores and carefully crafted and constructive comments.

January 2022 TBA , 2-5 days, full-time
Consensus Meeting. In this meeting evaluators and EIT Food Team discuss EOI evaluation results. Rapporteurs will summarise the scores and comments of the evaluators and write professional reports that will be sent to each applicant.

March 2022 TBA 2 weeks, part-time
Full Proposal Evaluations. This is the period during which evaluators and Rapporteurs independently evaluate and score full proposals, in advance of the Panel meetings. Evaluators are expected to carefully read and assess all proposal documents.

April 2022 TBA 1 week, full-time
Evaluation Panels. In the Evaluation Panel, evaluators and the Innovation team actively listen to proposal presentations, ask questions and participate in Consensus discussion with the Innovation team. Rapporteurs will prepare for the Panels by reading all documents, moderate the Panels Q&A session, take notes of the discussion and scoring and write up the final version of the Panel Report.


Conflict of Interest

The task of the Expert is to be performed in a confidential, fair, and equitable manner, according to the rules of the evaluation process established by the EIT Food.

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, experts will be required to attest that they abide by the terms of the EIT Food code of conduct (including confidentiality aspects) in the electronic exchange system.

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.

A disqualifying conflict of interest exists if Expert:

1. Was involved in the preparation of the KIC added value activity.

2. If he/she or his/her organisation could stand to benefit, or be disadvantaged, as a direct result of the evaluation carried out.

3. Has a close family relationship with any person representing a participating organisation in the KIC added value activity.

4. Is a director, trustee or partner of any beneficiary, participating in the KIC added value activity, or is a subcontractor/third party carrying out work for any beneficiary in the KIC added value activity concerned.

5. Is employed by one of the beneficiaries, participating in the KIC added value activity or by a subcontractor/third party carrying out work for any beneficiary in the KIC added value activity concerned.

6. Is in any other situation that compromises his/her ability to evaluate the KIC added value activity impartially.

7. A potential conflict of interest may exist, even in cases not covered by the clear disqualifying conflicts indicated above, if an Expert:

8. Was employed by one of the participating organisations in an KIC added value activity within the previous three years – in this case the reviewer should indicate this potential conflict of interest. This does not disqualify him / her from the review process all together, special measure will be put in place to maintain impartiality.

9. Is involved in a contract or research collaboration with a participating organisation or had been so in the previous three years.

10. Is in any other situation that could cast doubt on his/her ability to evaluate the KIC added value activity impartially, or that could reasonably appear to do so in the eyes of an external third party.

11. At the signature of the contract, experts shall be aware that based on the contract terms. If an 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.

Apply now! Call 2021/22
Application deadline
1 Oct 2021 23:59:59
Europe/Brussels time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Call 2021/22
Application deadline
1 Oct 2021 23:59:59
Europe/Brussels time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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