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Horizon 2020 Expert Database – Guidance on How to Signal Expertise in Gender

Horizon 2020 considers gender as a cross-cutting issue, which means that the gender dimension should be adequately integrated in research and innovation content at all stages of the research cycle, including the evaluation process. The European Commission is interested in increasing the number of experts with gender expertise in its Horizon 2020 expert database. Therefore, the Commission encourages experts interested in evaluating Horizon 2020 proposal to signal their gender expertise and has produced a Guidance on how to signal gender expertise in the database. Advisory Group on Gender has established Criteria for gender expertise, which helps ensure the appropriate representation of gender experts among the evaluators. More information about gender dimension in Horizon 2020 is available in the Participant Portal.


If you haven’t already registered to be an expert then consider signing up if you:

  • have high-level of expertise in the relevant fields of research and innovation (see call for details on types of expertise).
  • can be available for occasional, short-term assignments

Experts, as peer reviewers, assist in the:

  • evaluation of proposals
  • monitoring of actions

In addition, experts assist in the :

  • preparation, implementation or evaluation of programmes and design of policies. This includes the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups.
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