EU Funding – Contacts

The EU Team is the centralised focal point for support with EU Funding.  We can provide support across the whole project lifecycle from opportunity to final report:

  • Identifying an opportunity
  • Breaking down calls to highlight key messages for a successful bid (“Topic translation”)
  • Information and proposal-writing events (standard and bespoke)
  • Proposal review
  • Successful examples
  • Custom tools and documents for proposal preparation
  • Award mobilisation (Grant Preparation process)
  • Legal/admin and financial management of awarded grants

We are also involved in ensuring internal processes match sponsor requirements and we sit on a number of expert or advisory committees in the HE sector for EU R&I policy. Team members are listed below:

EU Team Contacts

EU team contacts per Faculty (general enquiries, pre and post award contact)Pre-Award:

Ben Williams
Head of European Funding

Email: B.A.Williams@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 34 34934

  • Overall responsibility for Pre-and Post-Award EU funding issues
  • Lead for ERC proposals
  • EU R+I policy and EU Funding policy post-Brexit
  • Implementation of EU funding and partnership strategies
  • External representation for HE policy in R+I funding
  • Pre-Award lead for the following faculties: ENV & FSS

Su Laithwaite
European Funding Administrator

Email: S.A.Laithwaite@leeds.ac.uk

  • First point of contact for EU Team
  • Promotion of Horizon Europe funding opportunities
  • Performance and statistics
  • Support for EU systems and processes
  • Grant preparation support
  • Links with international funding opportunities

Cigdem Tasci Tochniti (on maternity leave)
European Research Development Officer

Email: c.tascitochniti@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 34 31732

  • Pre-award support for European funding proposals
  • Hands-on and project management support, intelligence from previous rounds
  • Proposal read-through and editing service, especially for Marie-Sklodowska-Curie and Collaborative research applications
  • Delivery of training and information sessions on range of EU funding calls
  • Pre-Award Lead for the following faculties: FEPS (ENG & MAPS), LUBS

Sophia Verhaeghe
European Research Development Officer

Email: S.verhaeghe@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 34 37332

  • Pre-award support for European funding proposals
  • Hands-on and project management support, intelligence from previous rounds
  • Proposal read-through and editing service, especially for Marie-Sklodowska-Curie and Collaborative research applications
  • Delivery of training and information sessions on range of EU funding calls
  • Pre-Award Lead for the following faculties: AHC, FBS, FMH

Post-Award:

Keri Dunning
Senior EU Post Award Research Administrator

Email: K.L.Dunning@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 34 37388

  • Supervises EU post award team
  • Responsible for setting and updating internal processes and training
  • Compliance of University systems with EC funding rules
  • Lead on European Commission audits
  • Additional support with reporting/partner kick off meetings for University led bids
  • Provides training for academic/support staff
  • External representation for post-award issues affecting the HE sector
  • Post-Award Lead for queries relating to the following faculties: EPS (ENG), ENV, LUBS

Martika Cawley
EU Post Award Research Officer

Email: M.Cawley1@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: 0113 34 37690

  • Contractual and financial management of EU research grants
  • Expertise in regulations and procedures
  • Audit setup and maintenance
  • Monitoring of income and expenditure
  • Liaison with European Commission for financial and administrative procedures
  • Post-Award Lead for queries relating to the following faculties: AHC, EPS (MAPS), FSS, FBS, FMH