Description of job and tasks involved
Agatha Keller took the co-chair of EU GrantsAccess - International Research Programmes in 2001. She studied at the University of Zurich and post-graduated from the EPFL with a degree in University Policy & Research Policy. She worked for several Swiss private companies as well as for the Swiss copyright society for literature and art before she joined the team of the University of Zurich’s consultancy office for European research programmes in 1995. Agatha Keller‘s expertise focuses on fostering close cooperations between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Switzerland. In the field of international academic cooperation Agatha Keller has set up and strives to further professionalise both for the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich a unique system of research quality management for proposals and projects. She is the past chair of the International Region of the US-association NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators) and the Programm Chair of the NCURA 1st International Region Meeting.
Experience in European research projects
Pre- and post-award support of EU-Projects in all domains since FP5.
EU GrantsAccess is a joint office of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.
The University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest University (26,000 students). Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs. In addition, UZH's continuing education programs offer excellent learning opportunities.
Founded in 1855, the Swiss federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) today has some 18,000 students from over 100 different countries, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students. It offers researchers an inspiring working environment and its students a comprehensive education. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the institute.
EU GrantsAccess is the contact point for researchers who are looking for funding possibilities mainly through European Research Programs. We support scientists by giving advice and support their research projects at every stage –from the application to the termination of their projects. We attach great importance to the circulation of current knowledge regarding European and international funding instruments, both within the two institutions as well as within the region (Universities of Applied Sciences and SMEs). It is for us to inform, to screen, to connect and thereby to support scientific excellence, academic freedom, creativity and innovation on a global level.
Our Office is part of the Swiss Network Euresearch that informs about European research programmes. This network operates on behalf of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and consists of the Euresearch Head Office in Berne (coordination of the network and headquarter of the regional offices), the Euresearch Regional Offices - located at each University and the two Federal Institutes of Technology (Zurich and Lausanne) - as well as SwissCore, the contact office of the Swiss National Science Foundation in Brussels.
Furthermore, EU GrantsAccess is a member of the European EURAXESS Network and operates as an EURAXESS Services Centre in the region.
Agatha Keller took the co-chair of EU GrantsAccess - International Research Programmes in 2001. She studied at the University of Zurich and post-graduated from the EPFL with a degree in University Policy & Research Policy. She worked for several Swiss private companies as well as for the Swiss copyright society for literature and art before she joined the team of the University of Zurich’s consultancy office for European research programmes in 1995.