IBEC awarded funds to help researchers towards H2020 success

The programme has earmarked €5.3m to finance actions aimed at establishing or strengthening management structures that promote and facilitate the participation of Spanish research groups in international R & D projects. IBEC’s proposal, ‘Internationalization strategy of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia: Towards better health through Bioengineering and Nanomedicine’, will aim, at an institutional level, to increase the support it offers to researchers in applying to European competitive projects under Horizon 2020, the EC’s successor to FP7.

To do this, the PMO, which belongs to the Research Affairs Unit, will recruit a further project manager, with the result that all of IBEC’s project managers will have more time to devote to each of their groups. As well as providing guidance and support with H2020 applications, they’ll try to help to increase the number of coordinated projects at IBEC, as well as exploring other funding avenues such as NIH calls.

“We’re delighted to have been successful in obtaining this grant, which will allow us to take on a crucial new staff member to share the work of supporting the researchers with their proposals,” says Javier Adrián, coordinator of the PMO. “It’s also very gratifying to have our proposal ranked at the top alongside that of the ISCIII.”