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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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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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Cristoph Cyranski

Dr. Christoph Cyranski
Project Manager

Christoph holds a PhD in Anthropology from Heidelberg University. Before joining LINQ, he worked as an independent research assistant, editor and translator, and provided science management and workshops on intercultural communication for Heidelberg University. His own primary research focused on health, wellness and illness in the South Asian context, and he participated in international research projects on medical tourism in India and on asymmetric relations between European and Asian medicine. His professional experience further includes community work at Y.R.G. CARE in India for HIV/AIDS research and education in South Asia and at the FundaciC3n Norte in Argentina for the empowerment of indigenous groups from South America. As a project manager at LINQ, Christoph supports projects in their implementation phase as well as new proposal initiatives.

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Services

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.

    Proposal
    support

  • 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

News

09 Feb 2020
Another experienced professional added to the team

As of February 2020, Dr Christoph Cyranski complements the LINQ team of managers: Christoph holds a PhD in Anthropology from Heidelberg University, has worked as an independent research assistant, editor and translator, and provided science management for Heidelberg University as well as workshops on intercultural communication. His own primary research focused on health, wellness and illness in the South Asian context.

Christoph participated in international research projects on medical tourism in India and on asymmetric relations between Indian and European medicine. His professional experience further includes community work at Y.R.G. CARE in India for HIV/AIDS research and education in South Asia and at the Fundación Norte in Argentina for the empowerment of indigenous groups from South America. In his new role as a project manager at LINQ, Christoph will support projects in their implementation phase as well as new proposal initiatives.

31 Jan 2020
ESPACE, a European contribution to the global Human Cell Atlas, kicks off in Berlin

On January 30th and 31st, ten groups from Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Israel and Italy came together or the first consortium meeting of ESPACE, an international project on the single-cell analysis of the human pancreas that is led by Professor Roland Eils, chair and founding director of the Digital Health Center at the BIH and Charité in Berlin, and supported by LINQ.

ESPACE is one of six pilot actions funded by H2020 as the European contribution to the Human Cell Atlas, a global initiative in which researchers around the world are joining forces to profile every single cell in the human body. LINQ is in charge of project management of the ESPACE project, responsible for its dissemination activities, and also coordinating the joint web presence of all six cluster projects.

Brain, lung, uterus – each of the H2020 pilot actions will deliver a different building block to the Human Cell Atlas. The ESPACE project will investigate the pancreas, an organ which performs highly important functions in the human body: One the one hand, the pancreas controls blood sugar levels through the production of hormones such as insulin and glucagon. On the other hand it aids digestion through the production and secretion of enzymes. Consequently, pancreatic malfunctions can lead to the development of diabetes, to inflammation of the pancreas, or – in the worst case – pancreatic cancer.

ESPACE brings together experts in medicine, biology, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and physics who will closely examine the many different cell types in the pancreas and study their gene activity, to better understand how this organ functions in a healthy state, but also with the ultimate goal to help improve diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of human pancreatic diseases.

Much like in the Human Genome Project, which saw scientists around the world work together over several decades to sequence the complete human genome, the Human Cell Atlas is a gigantic task that can only be achieved in a global effort. Eventually, the many individual contributions will come together to create a cell map of the entire human body, thus significantly advancing our understanding of how human life functions.

07 Jan 2020
Welcome Anna-Lena!

New year, new colleague: This January we happily welcome Anna-Lena Guske to the LINQ team. Anna-Lena holds a diploma in political sciences from Philipps University in Marburg and a master’s degree in East European Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining LINQ, 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 the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). In addition to her science background, 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 including the German National Environment Agency (UBA), the European Parliament, the OECD, the German Organization for Development Cooperation (GIZ).

We are excited to have her join the team of LINQ project managers, where she will help us support both ongoing and new Horizon2020 projects.

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 www.imprint-network.co.uk.

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