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14 May 2024 | News

Two Finnish researchers studied what it takes to be a successful Horizon Europe project coordinator

Anna Tenhunen-Lunkka, senior scientist and project manager at VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland.

Assemble fourteen project partners, draft seven work packages, throw in a couple million euros, and produce science. Coordinating a big collaborative EU research project is no easy task. That’s why two researchers in Finland decided to find out what it takes to coordinate one.

Anna Tenhunen-Lunkka and Riitta Honkanen took it upon themselves to find out what matters most in EU research project management. They took a sample of 80 factors, surveyed a group of Horizon project managers and partners from research organisations, companies, public bodies and NGOs, and with the help of data analysis, distilled it to key…