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Management and organization

The Collaboration Agreement, defines in detail the project roles and responsibilities of participating parties, governance structure, communication plan, financial management and IPRs.

The Center’s coordinator, Prof. Stipan Jonjić, acts as a contact person with the Contracting Authority and the host institution, is responsible for strategic decisions; monitors the compliance of the project team with the provisions of the grant contract; is responsible for organisation and coordination of human, financial and material resources; submits periodic, interim and final reports. Dr. Forčić and Prof. Markotić coordinate the activities organised at their respective institutions and inform the Coordinating team timely on the work progress and/or difficulties. Prof. Polić coordinates all activities related to experimental work on animal models including ethical issues. Prof. Krmpotić and Dr. Halassy  coordinate all training activities.

Advisory Committee consists of leaders in the field who demonstrated interest in the use of technologies developed by members of this Center of Excellence grant. These are Prof. Ulrich Kalinke (TWINCORE -Center for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research, Hannover), Prof. Dr. Sabina Rabatic (Institute for Immunology, Zagreb) and Prof. Dr. Martin Messerle (Hannover Medical School). This is a consultative body, which advises the Coordinating team on project scientific and training activities.

The Project administrative and financial management support team affiliated to MEDRI handles most of the administrative burden on behalf of the PI and the Coordinating Team. An expert for grants management is specifically appointed to this project to assist the coordinator with the scientific, training and financial administration. This expert has already participated in the preparation, implementation, management and/or reporting of 65 project proposals, which have been submitted for evaluation and/or funded by various national, EU and international science-supporting agencies and programmes, including the European Commission’s 6th (FP6) and 7th (FP7) Framework Programmes, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Croatian Science Foundation. The grant application success rate of the team is currently greater than 40%. Apart from the grants management, the team from the host institution has also been responsible for the organization of dissemination and training activities, including the scientific conferences and workshops.

Monitoring. All research activities are divided into 7 work packages, with clear aims and experimental plans. The project will be managed by the Coordinating team which will make all the decisions relevant to the project. The team will meet every six months in person and will hold virtual meetings on a monthly basis, to jointly coordinate the work plan and monitor the scientific and training progress. This gives the Coordinating team a clear tool to monitor progress and check that all the proposed activities in research, training and management are executed properly and in a timely fashion.