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LINQ Management

We're linking clinicians and scientists from around the world and help them turn ideas into solutions: We help them structure their projects, find the funding, and implement their research activities and clinical studies according to plan. Often, such projects bring together a large number of people from different disciplines and various countries. On top of that, each funding programme comes with its own set of rules and regulations.

We make working in large networks easy - and fun.

LINQ management provides people-centered high-quality research management support. Over many years of working with international consortia in a variety of funding programmes, we have built profound expert knowledge in preparing and implementing collaborative research projects and developed a strong passion for helping large networks of people from different cultural and scientific backgrounds work together smoothly. We come equipped with the knowledge, experience, commitment and tools needed to manage your research endeavors, from small projects to large complex initiatives.

Who we are

We love what we do and are personally committed to the success of your projects – forging true partnerships with the people we work with.

Claudia Schacht

Dr. Claudia Schacht
Founder & Managing Director

Claudia has been working in international research and innovation projects for 15 years, supporting successful applications to a wide array of national and international funding programs such as FP6, FP7, Horizon2020, BMBF, IMI, EDCTP and EIT Health. She has guided more than 25 resulting projects with funding of up to 28 million EUR through grant preparation and implementation, and many of those to successful follow-up initiatives. Before starting her own company, she was heading a PMO with 13 team members. Claudia has strong people skills and thrives on new challenges. Her particular focus in recent years have been clinical studies and collaboration with industry.

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Julia Buech

Julia Buech
Co-Founder & Project Manager

Julia brings in more than seven years of experience in the management and administration of international research collaborations. Her portfolio has included small and large-scale collaborative projects, clinical trials and networks funded by EU-FP7, EU-Horizon2020, EDCTP as well as national and regional funding schemes. She is an expert in day-to-day project management & monitoring, financial issues and project reporting and has provided numerous training courses on project & financial management, both at national and international level, either as part of capacity building schemes in EU and EDCTP projects or directly for partner organisations, research institutes and universities. Julia supports her projects with strong communication skills and provides expert advice on project implementation, preparation of audits and contractual issues.

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Malte Streitz

Malte Streitz
Project Manager

Malte studied Linguistics and Literature Studies in Germany, the UK and US. Before joining LINQ management, he was joint head of a project management team focusing on international university marketing, recruitment and employer branding. He organised higher education fairs all over Germany. Besides his marketing and event management experience, Malte has a background in teaching. At Vassar College, New York, he worked as a Language Fellow and taught German as a Second Language. As of March 1st 2018, Malte joins LINQ as a project manager.

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Dr. Dagmar Schwenk

Dr. Dagmar Schwenk
Project Assistant & Office Manager

Dagmar holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biology and spent her PostDoc time at VTT Technical Research Center Finland before switching to research management and support by joining the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society in Munich, Germany. In this position she was coordinating the cooperation program between Max Planck Society and Fraunhofer Society, two of the leading research organizations in Germany. Following this she provided central support to the 83 institutes of the Society as a team member of the Institute Liaison Office. At LINQ Dagmar is in charge of central office management and also supports projects and proposals.

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Elena Lehner

Elena Lehner
Project Manager

Elena has earned a master’s degree in translation studies for German, English and Spanish with a specialization in medicine. She is an international marketer with 8 years of extensive experience specific to the DACH region and South Korea working with start-ups as well as major global players. In Seoul, Elena rolled out a new global corporate identity for the largest Oriental and Western hospital with clinics in Korea and the US. She helped establish international partnerships that lead to joint research and academic exchange programs, and subsequently worked as an English lecturer for public speaking and essay writing at one of the country’s top universities. Throughout her career she demonstrated a passion for actively helping companies build a productive and impactful cross-cultural working environment. Elena is joining LINQ as a project manager and communications specialist.

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Anna-Lena Guske

Anna-Lena Guske
Project Manager

Anna-Lena is a political scientist with a diploma from Philipps University in Marburg and a master’s degree in East European Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the LINQ management team, she worked as a researcher and project manager at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) in Berlin. She has 10 years of experience in managing international research projects. Her portfolio has included collaborative projects funded by EU-FP7, Horizon2020, and BMBF. Besides her background in research, she has experience with teaching at university level and developing and providing trainings for decision-makers. Moreover, Anna-Lena has worked as a consultant for national and international institutions such as the German National Environment Agency (UBA), the European Parliament, the OECD, the German Organization for Development Cooperation (GIZ) and others. As of January 2020, Anna-Lena is joining LINQ as a project manager.

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Comprehensive services in international research management

As a research consulting firm and experienced project management partner, the service portfolio of LINQ management is designed to identify the most suitable source of funding for our partners, enhance the competitiveness of research funding applications, and ensure the effective oversight and management of research projects in a variety of programmes such as the EC Framework Programmes (currently Horizon2020), EDCTP, NIH, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNITAID, EIT Health and IMI or national funding programmes in Germany and the UK.

We keep things simple, enabling our partners to focus on the actual science, produce results that have an impact, and build networks that last.

At LINQ management, we appreciate that no two projects or institutions are ever the same, which is why we take great care that the services we offer are tailored to your particular requirements. Talk to us - we like to listen and are eager to find the perfect solution for you.

Our portfolio

  • Strategic advice

    Tailored advice, strategy development & networking for your optimal approach to international research funding.

    Strategic advice & networking

  • Research project management

    Comprehensive management of research projects, from small initiatives to large clinical studies.

    Research project management

  • Proposal support

    Precise alignment with call requirements and hands-on support in setting up professional grant applications.


  • Training & capacity building

    Training on proposal writing as well as project and financial management for partners and clients worldwide.

    Training & capacity building

  • Exploitation & IP management

    Clear guidance that helps you maximize the impact of your project.

    Exploitation & IP management


22 Nov 2019
New project sets out to transform the TB diagnostic landscape

The latest addition to LINQ’s project portfolio, the TriageTB project, marks the continuation of a long-standing successful collaboration with a team of TB experts who have made it their goal to speed up and streamline how TB is diagnosed in resource-limited settings.

On 14 & 15 November 2019, the project consortium came together in Cape Town, South Africa, to officially start up the new four-year initiative, funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Most of the experts from Africa and Europe behind this project have already successfully worked together in the two previous EDCTP-funded initiatives AE-TBC (“African European Tuberculosis Consortium”, July 2010 – December 2013) and ScreenTB (“Evaluation of host biomarker-based point-of-care tests for targeted screening for active TB”, April 2016 – July 2019). They have now teamed up with the Foundation of Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to further improve the test and ensure its global applicability and prepare its commercialization.

TriageTB is implemented by a team of passionate people with very complementary skills but one common goal: to make a real difference in the lives of patients. They are combining their extensive experience in biomarker discovery, clinical research, assay development, commercialization, capacity development and networking to develop a triage test, or rule-out test, with low complexity that can be performed at the point-of-care (POC) in a laboratory-free manner by minimally trained health care workers.

This is to identify patients with the highest risk for active TB. The test would quickly rule out patients who do not suffer from TB but have other respiratory illnesses. A positive test result would indicate a high likelihood for active TB and focus health worker attention on this smaller number of patients and support the diagnostic workup process, allowing a definitive diagnosis and quick initiation of treatment.

LINQ will manage the TriageTB project ensuring a smooth implementation of the initiative and provide all necessary support to facilitate communication about the project, promote effective dissemination of its results as well as assist with optimal uptake and exploitation of project outcomes. Collaborators include Stellenbosch University (South Africa) as a coordinator, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia), Makerere University (Uganda), LINQ Management GmbH (Germany), Leiden University Medical Center (The Netherlands), and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (Switzerland).

26 Sep 2019
LINQ goes Canada – IMPRINT Session at INMIS 2019 in Vancouver

On 17 September 2019 the LINQ team attended the IMPRINT network session at the 5th International Maternal and Neonatal Immunisation Symposium (INMIS) in Vancouver, Canada.

The session was organized by LINQ and brought together 70 IMPRINT awardees, network PIs, members and other interested experts in the field to discuss the progress the network has made in the last two years. IMPRINT is funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and connects scientists, researchers, industry and other stakeholders focusing on maternal and neonatal immunisation.

The meeting commenced with a warm welcome by the PIs Beate Kampmann, and Chrissie Jones followed by an introduction to the network by Claudia Schacht. During the meeting, four fellows and ten pump priming awardees presented on the progress of their projects, followed by a public engagement project presentation, which was part of a new IMPRINT funding scheme.

An additional presentation was given on The Vaccine Confidence Project, which is monitoring vaccine confidence across media & social media, utilizing machine learning, digital analytics and confidence mapping.

Another highlight was the dinner cruise networking event that took place on the previous evening. 25 IMPRINT members enjoyed impressive views of the Vancouver skyline and the opportunity to engage with fellow experts.

LINQ was elated that both events were well-attended, encouraged discourse and gave attendees the opportunity to network.

IMPRINT was recently awarded a one-year no-cost extension by the MRC and will officially run until the end of May 2021. For more information on the network and funded projects visit

14 Aug 2019
Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and UK Research and Innovation has published a guidance document on how Horizon 2020 funding will be affected if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

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14 Aug 2019
Help inform the EDCTP successor programme

On the way towards a successor programme to EDCTP2 under the umbrella of the next European Framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe (2021-2027), the European Commission published an outline of its plan for the next EDCTP programme on 30 July 2019. Michael Makanga, EDCTP Executive Director, encouraged all EDCTP stakeholders – in Europe, Africa and elsewhere – to take this early opportunity to make their voices heard and give feedback on this initiative which will be developed into the successor programme to EDCTP2. The Road map for the ‘EU-Africa Global Health Partnership (Horizon Europe programme)’ is open to feedback until 27 August 2019. Feedback can be given here and will be taken into account for further development and fine-tuning of the initiative. The Commission will summarize the input received in a report explaining how the input will be taken on board and, if applicable, why certain suggestions can’t be taken up. Feedback received will be published on the European Commission website and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.      

30 Jul 2019
Workshop on EU funding opportunities in Cairo, Egypt

On 17 and 18 July 2019, Dr. Claudia Schacht and Malte Streitz held a two day workshop on EU funding opportunities in Cairo, Egypt. Organized by KnowledgeE, the training was attended by representatives from different universities and provided an overview of Horizon 2020 and relevant partnerships in the Health Sciences field, with a specific focus on areas of particular relevance to scientists from Egypt.

Following a thorough introduction to the programme as well as its eligibility and financial rules, course participants learned how to navigate through the plethora of funding opportunities and how to lay the groundwork for their H2020 participation. In a step-by-step approach they were guided through the entire proposal process, starting with the basics of project planning, work allocation and time planning all the way to writing a competitive proposal.

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