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EU project coordinators need more support

    

Running a Framework programme grant requires a complex mix of skills, says James Cunningham

Every research grant awarded under the EU Framework Programme has a project coordinator. These are the researchers who lead the application and take responsibility for delivering the funded research. On paper, this looks like a largely administrative role. But the reality is complex and demanding. 

A project coordinator must be a research strategist; agent of economic policy, knowledge and technology transfer; collaborator; and value creator, all while overseeing management and governance. They allocate resources, enable innovation and span boundaries. 

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