European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations


All eligible proposals will be evaluated by independent experts supporting the European Commission or Executive Agencies. The evaluation procedure takes place either in a single or two-stage procedure and consists of several steps.

Step 1: Proposal eligibility check

In a first step the eligibility of the proposal is being checked. The basis for this purpose are the criteria, which are defined by the work programme of Horizon 2020 (Annex A and C) and by the work programme of the specific call. Additionally it will be checked whether the proposal generally corresponds to the topic of the call.

Step 2: Evaluation of the proposal

A Group of at least three, in some cases five or more experts is being assigned with the evaluation of the proposal. To make sure that the evaluation process is fair and free of conflicts of interest independent experts may be assigned as observers. The award criteria of the evaluation are excellence, impact, and quality and efficiency of implementation. Each of these criteria will be given scores of 0 to 5. The work programme defines the minimum thresholds, which have to be achieved. The evaluation process is split in three phases.

  • Phase 1: Evaluation by each expert, who gives an individual evaluation report (IER) with comments and scores on every criterion.
  • Phase 2: The experts form a consensus group and develop a common report with comments and scores (consensus report). If it is not possible to find a consensus, the report will represent the majority and the minority views.
  • Phase 3: A panel, guided by a chairperson of a commission or executive agency staff, reviews all evaluated proposals of the call. In case of open questions, the applicants may be invited to a hearing. Finally the panel compiles the panel report, which provides also a table with the final scores (panel ranked list).