Part of PMO office along with Director of Science Institute visited the University College London (UCL) in October. UCL is one of the leading participants in the European Union's €79 billion "Horizon 2020" funding programme. UCL has an extensive experience in managing H2020 projects and especially when they coordinate.
Brynja, Kristmundur and Una applied for and got a Erasmus+ grant to visit the European Research and Innovation Office (ERIO) in UCL. Reason for the visit was to get insight in their knowledge and experience which ERIO has built up around H2020 grants in order to expand the PMOs knowledge as well. Sigurður, Director of Science Institute manages the finance aspect of H2020 grants and therefore took the opportunity and joined in on the visit.
Main objectives of the visit was to:
- To learn more about the structure of UCL service around European projects, especially H2020 projects.
- Identify best practices and lessons learned in the UCL ERIO in the management of Horizon2020 project that would be relevant to take adopt at the University of Iceland.
- Get access to working methods and processes for different grant types that can improve the quality of work and reduce risk in grants management.
- Identify challenges UCL ERIO encountered in building up the research services around European projects and see how some of those challenges and their solutions are relevant to the University of Iceland, Project Management Office.
UCL was founded in 1826 to open up higher education in England to those previously excluded. UCL is the first English university to admin female students on equal terms as men and the first to admin students regardless of class or religion. From the beginning UCL has been the cornerstone of academic excellence and research that manages real challenges. UCL was in 9th place on Times Higher Education world’s most international universities in 2017.
The objective of ERIO office is to support UCL being forefront in European collaboration in science in technology. ERIO offers professional support to researchers in UCL and especially in relation to EU H2020 programme. The support divides into four management teams: Innovation management, Contract management, Project management and Proposal management.
More information about ERIO can be found here.