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The new collaborative project templates in Horizon Europe: keys to the evaluation of proposals in the calls for proposals


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General information

New developments in terms of procedural aspects:

  • More calls with two-stage submission procedures: so if the content of the proposal is already flawed or not compliant from the start, the applicant can withdraw early and does not have to continue the whole process to the end.
  • Substantial reduction in the number of pages of proposals: new limits of 45 pages - instead of 70 - for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and Innovation Actions (IA) and 30 pages for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA).
  • Blind" evaluation in the first stage: experts will evaluate the proposals without knowing the identity of the participants in order to avoid any a priori bias or preference.
  • Right of reply to the individual evaluation of the experts or independent evaluators prior to the adoption of a common position by the consensus group: applicants will be able to react to all comments and recommendations of the experts and their responses will be fed back into the overall evaluation process in order to ensure greater transparency, especially in cases where the proposal is rejected at the first stage.
  • Systematic security checks: whereas, in Horizon 2020, these were only applied to proposals on topics explicitly identified as "security-sensitive", security issues in Horizon Europe will be systematically reviewed for each and every proposal submitted.

Horizontal considerations (eligibility conditions):

  • Mandatory open science practices, assessed as part of the scientific methodology in each work programme:
    • Obligation to provide open and immediate access to publications.
    • Obligation to develop a Data Management Plan for sharing research data.
  • Gender mainstreaming: include sex and gender issues throughout the research and innovation process unless these issues have already been explicitly mentioned in the topic description at the beginning of the process.
  • Pathway to impact: to point out the specific contribution of the project to the expected results and impacts indicated in the Work Programme.
  • Measures to maximise impact: draw up a dissemination plan describing the measures envisaged to maximise the impact of the project and including also the target audiences, communication activities, etc. All measures should be proportionate to the scale of the project.
  • No significant harm principle: activities shall not run counter to any of the six environmental objectives set out in Article 9 of the Regulation to facilitate sustainable investments. This principle must be taken into account in the scientific methodology and impact of the project but compliance is not mandatory unless explicitly stated.
  • Artificial intelligence: demonstrate the reliability of all AI-based systems or techniques used in the project.
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