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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 Fundación 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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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 Apr 2020
How research funders are tackling coronavirus disruption

Nature published an editorial today on the position of the world’s main research funding organizations towards the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The article addresses the vital question of what measures are being introduced by the large funders to minimize the strain put on projects and beneficiaries by national lockdowns and the associated closure of laboratories and organizations. Many scientists are not able to carry on with their grant-funded work at the moment, left worrying about how this will affect the progress of their projects and the funding in general. Since disruptions in the implementation of research initiatives may cause considerable delays and have immediate and severe implications on the payment of salaries and materials which are being covered by grants, it is of great interest if and how the main funding organizations are reacting to the current crisis.

Nature spoke to the world’s major research funders to find out how they are adapting their funding policies in response to the pandemic. You can read the article here.

10 Mar 2020
LINQ is hiring!

With our increasingly diverse portfolio of projects, we are currently looking for a Content and Communications Manager to join the growing LINQ family.

If you love working with smart, passionate people from different countries and cultural backgrounds, have experience in the field of content creation and communication and are talented in writing inspiring web and print content, we would be happy to hear from you.

Full professional proficiency of English and fluent German is a must.

We offer: A diverse team of lovely colleagues, interesting health sciences projects that make a difference, international travel, flexible working hours and beautiful offices in Berlin Charlottenburg.

A detailed job description can be found here.

Please send your application to as one single file, including a cover letter, your CV, ideally some writing samples as well as salary expectations and your earliest possible starting date, by March 31st, 2020. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

17 Feb 2020
Bringing real-world data to clinical research & care

Last week LINQ had the pleasure to travel to French Alps, for the kickoff meeting of our new EIT Health innovation project RealWorld4Clinic, which took place in Grenoble on February 10 and 11.

The three-year-initiative is implemented by an interdisciplinary consortium of partners from France and Germany who will jointly develop an AI-powered health monitoring solution which can be applied both in clinical research and in cardiological patient care.

This new system will continuously measure a wide array of cardio-respiratory health parameters in clinical trial volunteers and patients in their normal everyday environment. The data will be passed on to healthcare personnel and allow insights into important biomarkers almost in real time.

For many patients that suffer from heart failure, this could be lifesaving: With the data that this solution will provide, early warning signs of an upcoming heart failure decompensation could be detected up to 30 days before the catastrophic event actually occurs, so that preventative measures can be taken well in advance in the vast majority of cases. That way, RealWorld4Clinic could halve the rate of emergency hospitalization and also significantly reduce the number of ambulatory visits.

In addition, data collected by the device could strongly support early decision making in clinical development programs and improve the predictive power of clinical trials by up to 50%.

The project is coordinated by Profil GmbH, a full-service CRO for early clinical trials in diabetes, obesity and cardiometabolic disease, in collaboration with SentinHealth and supported by LINQ. Additional partners in this ambitious initiative include Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, University Grenoble Alpes, Inserm, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, CHU Grenoble Alpes, CHU de Rennes, Grenoble Ecole de Management, MADoPA, aQua, and the SurgiQual Institute.

After two intense days of presentations, discussions and planning sessions, the consortium left rolling up their sleeves – excited to get started, and ready to deliver.

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 as well as workshops on intercultural communication for Heidelberg University. 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 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 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.

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