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1999 National Contact Point at Euresearch
In 1999, Dr. Andrea Degen assumes the position as National Contact Point at Euresearch in Berne. During five years she advises universities and companies with respect to the acquisition of funding, particularly in terms of Europe's largest funding institution of R&D, at that time the European 6th Framework Programme (FP6). As a result of this commitment and her growing competence, she is asked by universities and companies who need more than just informal support, to write project proposals to the EU framework program and to participate as a consortium partner in the implementation.

2003 Proposal Writing
In 2003, Dr. Andrea Degen commits herself to write the FP6 project proposal with the name "SLIC-Biosensors in Molecular Diagnostics: Nanotechnology for the Analysis of Microbial Species Specific Transcripts." In 2004, this proposal is approved by the European Commission and in 2005 the implementation begins. The requests from universities and research companies to write project proposals increase, as well as the offers to participate as consortium partner. There is a lack of practical assistance for funding and implementing of research projects. As a result, Dr. Degen founds her own company in 2005. The success of the "EUrelations AG” (formerly R & D Management) is its best reference: more than 50% of the submitted project proposals are approved!

2007 Training Acquisition of Funding  
Due to increasing requests for advice on the acquisition of funding and to the desire of researchers for know-how transfer, the first trainings of EUrelations AG take place in 2007. Through first-hand experiences, substantiated knowledge and practical guidance are imparted to the participants. The reactions are so positive that EUrelations AG is recommended and asked by many universities in the country for training. In addition, EUrelations now also offers project management, organisation management and training for strategic planning of the academic career. All trainers are competent experts in their field (see training / speakers).

2009 International Funding Forum
It is not easy to have an overview of the landscape of research funding in Europe and even less to know its capabilities and conditions. With the International Funding Forum, EUrelations AG provides this important information to the research community at one place and at one go. The first International Funding Forum in Zurich was a huge success. Get an idea of this event and watch short movie.

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Benaki Phytopathological Institute

"I have known and worked with EUrelations team in the frames of our effort for the preparation of the HEROIC FP7 project proposal under very limited time. I have found them to be dependable and of great help in getting our work done in a very effective, inspiring and smooth way. Apart from the administrative and financial support their input was highly appreciated in the scientific part as well. I would be happy to recommend them to anyone who is engaged in the life sciences, biomedical research, and other areas of advanced science and technology.
EUrelations not only helps produce a high quality proposal but also provides important advice and insight into how the scientific part of the proposal would be organized.
I believe that EUrelations is well positioned to provide a wide and important contribution to our scientific fields and related activities."

Dr. Kyriaki Machera, Head of the Laboratory of Pesticides Toxicology, Benaki Phytopathological Institute