From February 14 to 16, INESC-ID hosted a series of three impactful training initiatives on research management of European Projects, as part of the OLISSIPO project framework, a Twinning initiative involving collaboration between INESC-ID, Inria, ETH, and EMBL. These initiatives, building on the success of previous editions held in Lisbon in 2022 and 2023, were designed to enhance research management and administration skills at the hosting institution.

Horizon Europe Workshop: Navigating the Pre-Award Phase

The first day featured the workshop “Horizon Europe for ICT: an Overview,” providing practical insights and equipping researchers and staff for the pre-award phase of Horizon Europe Proposals. Facilitated by Matthieu Py, the European Strategy Officer at Inria (France), the workshop covered essential topics, including Gender & Diversity, Ethics & Data, and Responsible Research and Innovation & Open Science.

Research and Administration Management (RMA) Seminar

Dedicated to deepening knowledge in various methodologies, the second day hosted a seminar on Research and Administration Management (RMA). The session covered pre-award (ideation and open calls) and post-award (Project valorization and management) aspects. Alongside Matthieu Py, the seminar featured presentations presentations and guided discussions by Ana Espada (CQE, IST-ID), Mariana Santa-Marta (CERENA/CEGIST, IST-ID), and Carla Patrocínio and Patrícia Lima (Tecnico’s Technology Transfer Office), providing valuable insights into daily RMA activities.

Bilateral Meetings and Future Collaborations

The final day was dedicated to bilateral meetings between INESC-ID’s thematic lines representatives and Inria, aiming to present research topics and identify common areas for future collaboration. Participants included Susana Vinga, Marie-France Sagot, Ana Teresa Freitas (Life and Health Technology), Hugo Morais (Energy Transition), José Borbinha (Societal Digital Transformation), Miguel Correia (Security & Privacy), and two members of the OLISSIPO Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Jonas S. Almeida and Dan Gusfield.

The event saw active participation from representatives of INESC-ID, INESC-MN, INOV INESC, Técnico, IST-ID, IT, IDMEC, and LIP, with diverse expertise in science management, project management, and technology transfer. The interest and involvement of representatives from different INESC research centers and institutes, facilitated the sharing of best practices and the development of common processes to streamline research proposal preparation.

These training initiatives were organized collaboratively with the OLISSIPO PROJECT Team, including Susana Vinga (INESC-ID), Niko Beerenwinkel (ETH Zürich), Marie-France Sagot (Inria), Wolfgang Huber (EMBL), Matthieu Py (European Strategy Officer at Inria) and Sílvia Castro (Head of Innovation Management Office at INESC-ID). Additional collaboration for the RMA seminar was provided by Marta Candeias (Head of Research & Innovation Grants Support Unit at IST-ID).

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