Call for Members of the Evaluation Committee for the Western Balkans Innovation Voucher Pilot Programme

23 May - 10 June 2024

The Call for evaluators within the Western Balkans Innovation Voucher pilot programme for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) is out!

The Fund for Innovation and Technology Development in North Macedonia invites experts to support evaluation process in a pilot call (financial support to third parties) launched in the frame of the Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS.

On 12 April 2024 the Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS (R&I POLICY making, implementation ANd Support in the WEsteRn BalkanS) published the Western Balkans Innovation Voucher (WBIV) pilot programme. The call for applications is open to SMEs operating in the WB region, while public research institutions will be service providers. The beneficiary and service provider must be from different Western Balkans economies for each application. More information on this scheme is provided here.

Reviewers must have:

  • Appropriate English language skills;
  • The nationality of a European Union Member State or a country that is associated to the Horizon Europe programme, but NOT of a Western Balkans economy. This specification is made in order to avoid conflicts of interest and covers also experts with dual nationality;
  • More than seven years of general experience in research, development or innovation (RDI);
  • Proven experience as evaluators (or reviewers / assessor) in different EU programmes, previous experience in assessment of Innovation Voucher programmes or RDI grants to third parties in EU Member States;
  • Relevant working experience in one or more fields related to the thematic priorities of the call (digital and green transition) will be considered an advantage.

A one-stage process for the pilot programme will be deployed, and proposals will have a project description. All received applications will pass an administrative check and will then be evaluated by an Evaluation Committee consisting of three members. Evaluations are designed not to be time-consuming and will be based according to four evaluation criteria (relevance of the service to the objectives of the call, level of innovation, quality of the proposal, impact on green and/or digital transition). The evaluations are expected to be conducted from 1 July to 30 Sep 2024.

Members of the Evaluation Committee are expected to participate in a briefing meeting, be free of conflict of interest. They will receive a symbolic remuneration calculated based on 30 euro per application. In case of any questions please contact: innovationvouchers@fitr.mk

To become a member of the Evaluation Committee, please send your CV to innovationvouchers@fitr.mk and policy-answers@westernbalkans-infohub.eu before 10 June 2024!

The POLICY ANSWERS team is excited to receive your application.

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