The European Projects Office (OPE)
The OPE also acts as liaison between regional and national relevant agents with the objective of increasing the participation rates on the different international R&D funding programmes.
To this end specific objectives have been set:
Increase the leadership in proposals and the coordination of tasks by UPO researchers.
Improve the success rate of applications submitted.
Encourage the participation of researchers as expert evaluators of European R&D and innovation programmes.
Encourage the joint participation between research groups and companies (academia & industry).
Encourage the participation of spin-offs of the University in European R&D and innovation programmes.
The OPE supports researchers in the whole life-cycle of projects: from the dissemination of opportunities to the management and monitoring of projects. For that purpose, the office provides the following services:
Information and support services:
Information and guidance on opportunities of financing international R&D and innovation projects (calls, grants, events, etc.)
Training (teaching, organization of seminars, workshops and/or conferences).
Technical advice and support for the preparation of proposals (drafting, budget preparation, consortium agreements reviewing, proposals submission, contact with representatives, etc.)
Partner search assistance. Support for researchers on partner search requests and offers for the formation of consortia, as well as dissemination of the UPO researchers' profile.
Dissemination of funding opportunities to UPO researchers.
Management and monitoring services:
Monitoring of the project evaluation (contact with representatives).
Negotiation of grant agreements with the EC.
Administrative-financial mediation with the EC and/or with the partners.
Support in the projects coordination.
Support in the preparation of intermediate and final reports.
Coordination of management and economic monitoring of projects.
Support for project audits.
The OPE is also the Local Contact Point of EURAXESS, the European network for the mobility of researchers, which aims to provide information and support to researchers (without distinction of nationality), and their families, in matters relating to administrative procedures, financing possibilities, job offers and other important issues when moving from one country to another.
Through the OPE, we offer personalized advice to researchers who are going to travel outside our country to develop a scientific professional experience, to foreign researchers who come to this University, as well as to those who return to it after a period of research abroad.