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News article1 April 2022Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Horizon Europe: a new initiative for Young Observers in evaluations

The Commission launched today a new call for expression of interest to foster skills and professional development for young students in Europe. The Horizon Europe calls Youth 2022 initiative invites master level students to participate as young observers in the evaluations of proposals under Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

This new initiative will allow students across Europe to witness as observers the robust, fair and impartial evaluation process at EU level that contributes to Europe’s cutting edge research and competitiveness.  We need to encourage young people to access all the opportunities EU research and innovation can offer.

Students currently enrolled in a master’s programme, in any discipline, at a university in an EU member state can apply. Students from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds or belonging to vulnerable and marginalised groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 


Young people have particularly felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in their lives, education and careers. The European Year of Youth 2022 is dedicated to them. It will intensify efforts to include youth priorities in relevant EU policy areas and at every level of the EU’s decision-making process. Special emphasis is placed on the need to support young people with fewer chances, to acquire relevant knowledge and experiences to be active and engaged citizens. At all levels, EU, national, regional or local, the European Year of Youth aims to support young people to engage in opportunities that can boost their personal and professional development. The Horizon Europe calls Youth 2022 Initiative is part of the activities of the European Year of Youth.

For More Information

Young Observers website

Year of Youth  Portal,


Publication date
1 April 2022
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation