The Funding Mechanisms Working Group has identified relevant funding mechanisms existing in the US and Canada, as well as in EU to support EU-North America cooperation in ICT research and innovation. The conclusions have been included in the Input Paper on Funding Mechanisms which provides a comparative analysis of various EU, US and Canadian funding mechanisms related to ICT.

The Input Paper also elaborates an initiation guide for those interested in transatlantic ICT cooperation to start from scratch.




Jostein K. Sundet

Ph.D., Special Adviser, NordForsk

Background ph. d in atmospheric and climate sciences at University of Oslo and University of California Irvine. Worked as Assistant Professor at Univ. of Oslo, Group leader of Scientific Computing at Univ. of Oslo, Special adviser at Research Council of Norway Climate and Polar issues, currently at NordForsk working with funding instruments for climate sciences and Infrastructures

Working Group Members


With its origins in the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, which she launched in 1993, Jutta has established the IDRC as an internationally recognized center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices, with a special focus on education. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Jutta is the co-director of Raising the Floor International. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project, FLOE , and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital
domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally, including W3C WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication.

Jutta Treviranus

Professor and Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University

May D. Wang

Professor, Georgia Tech

She is Associate Professor in the Joint Department of BME, School of ECE, The Winship Cancer  Institute, IBB, and IPaT at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, USA. She is a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Cancer Scholar, Director of the Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-GeorgiaTech Cancer Nanotechnology Center, and Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry. Prof. Wang’s research is on Big Biomedical Data Analytics with a focus on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for Personalized and Predictive Health. It includes high throughput next generation sequencing and -omic data mining to identify clinical biomarkers, pathological imaging informatics, health informatics, bionanoinformatics, and systems modeling. She has published 150+ peer reviewed articles leading academic publications. She has actively participated in FDA-led Microarray Quality Control and Sequencing Consortium (MAQC-SEQC) and her bioinformatics systems were certified by NIH/National Cancer Informatics Program as silver-level compatible (e.g. caCORRECT, omniBiomarker).


Jesse Szeto

Director, NCURA Global

He serves as DISCOVERY Advisory Board. Policy Analysis. Implement NCURA’s global strategy. Establish strategic alliances with global partners. He also acts as the Horizon 2020 Legal & Financial National Contact Point (NCP) for the U.S. by connecting European researchers to U.S. partners and advising U.S. researchers on applying for the EC Horizon 2020 R&I Programme.


Talita Soares

Senior Policy Officer, EARTO

EARTO – European Association of Research and Technology Organisations


Ron Van Holst

Director, High Performance Computing at Ontario Centres of Excellence

Mr. Holst is passionate about building partnerships around data analytics and advanced computing technologies to accelerate performance of academic and commercial research. He has a broad engineering background in product development, systems architecture, performance and competitive analysis, product and project management. Strengths include a rare blend of technical depth, business acumen and the ability to communicate effectively. Leveraging the talent of the entire Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) team, Ron leads OCE’s mandate with the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) consortium to deliver strong commercial impact on small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Ontario by facilitating access to world-class research partners, enabling the transfer of new technologies to SMEs and increasing industry placements for talent. This advanced computing platform includes Canada’s largest supercomputer, a start-of-the-art cloud computing research platform with big data analytics software and an advanced compute acceleration technology


Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch

Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

She acts as liaison towards the 50 Member Organisations from 25 countries and disseminate the work of the Scientifc Committees.


Erica Key

Executive Director, Belmont Forum

Erica joined the Belmont Forum as Executive Director of the Secretariat in June 2015. She leads membership and strategic development for the Belmont Forum, building connections between funders and organizations invested in global change research. She forges these new connections to ensure that the Belmont Forum Challenge–which focuses on advancement of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multilateral scientific research to inform human action–is met and the value-added of this approach is demonstrated. Erica draws on her experience as a program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation, interagency agreements lead, and a global change researcher to elevate Belmont Forum activities through transparent communication, flexible partnering, and active engagement with the international research and data communities.


Greg Singer

Director Research Services, OCAD University

Henriette Krimphoff

Senior Scientific Officer at DLR-PT

She gave policy advice to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the field of international cooperation and was part of the German delegation in the Strategic Forum for International STI Cooperation (SFIC) for four years. Since 2016 she is the coordinator of the H2020 funded project BILAT USA 4.0. The BILAT project aims to enhance and further develop a strong partnership between the US and EU in science, technology and innovation. Before joining DLR-PT, she has worked as account manager in the field of expert recruitment.


Frances Cleary

Senior Researcher, WIT

Since joining WIT/TSSG Frances has worked in the following main thematic research areas (as task leader, work package leader and project manager/coordinator): Pervasiveness in converged telecommunications, user-centric paradigm for seamless mobility in Future internet, federated testbed management and Embedded software quality assurance and testing. Frances has multiple years of experience as a EU Project coordinator of SecCord and Effectsplus EU FP7 CSA funded research projects that relates to trust and security (responsible for security research project clustering, leading to increased collaboration, dissemination, networking strategic research agenda’s, roadmapping and research to industry translation. Frances has also successfully Project coordinated and actively lead the Cybersecurity & Privacy (CSP) Forum initiative  funded via the EU FP7 SecCord project, this project focused on EU research collaboration, networking  and clustering activities of funded EU trust and security research projects. With 12 years’ experience of working in EU funded research projects, Frances also over the past 2 years has specifically been focusing on smart and connected mobility research topics and has a direct interest in urban mobility, transport and automotive related research thematic areas (e.g. ADAS, MaaS, intelligent/Smart transport and mobility and the adoption and use of ICT technologies to intelligent transport systems, physical Internet).Currently Frances is a Technical Lead of an Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Mobility group in TSSG, WIT.