RHEINISCH-WESTFÄLISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
EU Project Management Office
The RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is divided into 9 faculties, including the medical faculty. Currently around 35,800 students are enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. The number of foreign students (14 %) confirms the University’s international reputation. RWTH Aachen University, with 465 professorships, is strongly oriented toward the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions and has a significant portfolio of innovations, patents, and licenses. The individual institutes collaborate very effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums. RWTH ranks as the premier German University with regard to external funding and was able to secure € 314 million in funding from business and industry as well as public research grants. This demonstrates RWTH’s special status among German Universities and illustrates its success in linking academic research with private sector innovation activity. Education and research at RWTH have been awarded by the German Excellence Initiative and a graduate school and three clusters of excellence were funded.
The future strategy of RWTH to become an integrated, interdisciplinary technical university is supported by funds from the national Excellence Initiative and several strategic partnerships, e.g. IDEA League and the JARA Jülich Aachen Research Alliance. Interdisciplinary research especially in the field of engineering and medicine is consolidated within the excellence initiative and visible on the new research campus, between RWTH and UKA, with the first established Cluster “Biomedical engineering”.
The EU Project Management Office of RWTH Aachen University provides consultancy services for researchers and assists RWTH and UKA Institutes through the entire project lifecycle. With nearly 120 signed FP7 Grant Agreements in “Cooperation”, 15% are coordinated, the EU Project Management Office has extensive experience with the contractual, financial and administrative procedures of EU projects.
Main Project Tasks and Experiences related to the project: The EU-Project Management Office established at the RWTH Division for Research Funding, is responsible for the professional project management in financial and administrative matters and will support the Coordinator in all administrative and financial issues.
Eva Haas, Dipl-Betriebswirtin (FH), worked in a company providing project coordination and dissemination services for research organisations in the field of Life Sciences. For more than eight years, she has gained wide practical experience in coordinating EU-funded projects regarding administration, reporting and conducting training workshops as well as dissemination activities. In October 2013, she started working at the Division of Research Funding Services at RWTH Aachen and is currently the Project Manager of the FP7 Health project IDEAL.