EUREKA Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs*, and co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries.
Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.
Through this joint Programme, based on Article 185 of the Lisbon Treaty, Eurostars aims to combine the best of two worlds with a bottom-up approach, a central submission and evaluation process, and synchronized national funding in 33 countries.
* Research-performing SMEs are SMEs that dedicate at least 10% of their turnover or full-time equivalent (FTE) to research activities.
Ingemar Pongratz is a consultant with a long proven record of EU project development, project coordination and EU Communication.
Previous project experience include FP6 instruments such as STREPS, Integrated projects and Network of Excellence, FP7 collaborative projects and Marie Curie networks and programmes. Ingemar Pongratz has successfully secured over 70 Million EUR (500 Million SEK) to Pongratz Consulting clients and organizations in several EU funded activities.
All projects included consortia development, proposal administration and planning, negotiation, coordination, planning of communication activities within the consortium and with project stakeholders.
In addition Ingemar Pongratz has long track record in EU project Communication and has collaborated with several organizations to communicate EU funded research results to the general public and consumers. Ingemar Pongratz has also organized several workshops, seminars and EU Parliament debates. For this work Ingemar Pongratz received the Communication Star Prize from the European Commission in 2011
Ingemar Pongratz has also a strong background in research has a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology and has provided seminal research findings in the area of molecular toxicology and molecular nutrition. Ingemar Pongratz has 40+ scientific papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, several book chapters and is Editor of one book, which highlights the effects of Chemical Contaminants in Food.
Ingemar Pongratz has successfully supervised several postdoctoral researchers and several Ph D students, all the way to Thesis defence.