StandICT 2026 Call for Evaluators is setting up an External Pool of Evaluators (EPE) to review proposals to the Fellowship Programme, a cycle of 9 Open Calls running over the 36-month project lifetime, with a budget of € 2,925,000 earmarked to support participation of European standardisation specialists in key international and global SDOs and consortia.  


The FIRST CALL CLOSED on 31st MAY 2023 - THE SECOND CALL WILL OPEN on 29th APRIL 2024, stay tuned!


Our EPE will gather a set of 50+ recognised experts in the topics to be covered by the Open Calls which will include the priority areas of the Digital European Programme (DEP) & the EC Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation, including emerging standards on AI, Digital Product Passport, Quantum Technologies, 6G and convergence across these technologies.

Our 50+members will be key to ensuring an impartial, transparent and consistent review process of applications to the Open Calls and will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis from the Call for Evaluators. The first call was open until the 31st of May 2023.

The call is now re-opened starting from 29th April 2024 to enrich our current pool of experts. We are particularly interested in experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence but all ICT topics are also welcome. If needed, the call could be extended and a reserve call may be re-opened at a later stage in the projects’ lifecycle to compensate for any retiring members or changes in the Open Call priorities.

Evaluating proposals submitted to the Fellowship Programme

Upon selection for our EPE, members will be engaged via a standard contract with for the duration of the 9 Open Call cycles. Evaluation will be carried out entirely remotely, via the platform, where access will be granted to the applications assigned and online evaluation forms.

Upon closure of each Fellowship Programme Open Call, three members will be drawn from our pool to evaluate each eligible application. Assignment of the applications will be made on the basis of expertise and with due regard to gender and geographical balance.

Prior to the review process our evaluators will be briefed fully on the principles guiding the calls and the application and the selection criteria.

Please note that the contract to be signed upon selection will include standard provisions to guarantee that no conflict of interest exists and complete confidentiality is ensured.

The Evaluators profile

Applicants should demonstrate experience and possess a proven track record in the ICT Standardisation domains to be covered in the Open Calls. While the Open Calls are restricted to individuals residing in European Member States and Associate Countries, applications to join our EPE are open to individuals from all over the world from academic institutions, business associations, and industries, including SMEs.

Applications are strongly encouraged from the members of EPE in one of its past editions.

Services required

Services are to be provided remotely via the Grants platform and will involve evaluation of the applications received in response to the Fellowship Programme Open Calls. The pool will gather members with differing expertise to enable flexibility when assigning applications and to ensure that independence and fairness are upheld for each application evaluated.  

To this purpose, all EPE members will be required to sign a standard contract with strict provisions governing Conflict of Interest and non-disclosure of any information relative to the proposals or which is proprietary information to the Consortium, before being accepted to the Pool.


The EPE will be remunerated at a daily rate of 400€, to be paid on the basis of the number of proposals evaluated, with the time to be spent on each evaluation set at 30 mins per proposal.

Selection criteria

The EPE will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Strong expertise in the ICT Standardisation domains covered in the Open Calls - additional skills in ICT Standardisation are a plus;
  • Active involvement in related efforts in priority ICT standardisation topics over the past 12-18 months, such as chair roles, rapporteurs/convenors, contributors/supporters in SSOs and SDOs and Working Groups;
  • Active engagement in Standardisation events is a plus.

Previous involvement as an Evaluator for will be a plus.

  • If an evaluator applies to the Fellowship Programme Open Call, he/she will not be considered among the list of potential evaluators for that specific call.
  • Evaluators should not be part of the project consortium.
  • Evaluators will be asked to sign a non-conflict of interest declaration, before being accepted to perform their duties for a specific evaluation. A conflict of interest exists if an evaluator:
    • (a) is a director, trustee or partner or is in any way involved in the management of the applicant's organisation
    • (b) has a close family or personal relationship with the applicant or the applicant's organisation
    • (c) is employed or contracted by one of the applicant's organisation or any named subcontractors
    • (d) has submitted a proposal for one of the Fellowship Programme Open Calls. In this specific case, the evaluator in question will not be considered among the list of potential evaluators for that specific call.
    • (e) was involved in any way in the preparation of the proposal or submitted the proposal itself
    • (f) stands to benefit directly or indirectly if the proposal is accepted


How to apply

To apply to become a EPE member, please complete the application form and attach your CV. Please note that you need to register to the website in order to submit an application.

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