The Funding Mechanisms Working Group provides strategic advice and high-level insights on programs and funding instruments that support and enhance collaboration in ICT research and innovation between Europe and North America. The views and recommendations of the discussions among the Working Group members have been considered in the Input Paper on Funding Mechanisms, which provides a comparative analysis of EU-Canada and EU-US funding mechanisms in the field of ICT R&I.

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

View the Input Papers



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


Sonia Ortega

Head of Europe Office, NSF

Dr. Sonia Ortega came to Brussels in December 2015 as Head of the Europe and Eurasia Office of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). She represents NSF and facilitates collaborations between researchers and institutions from the USA and Europe. For 28 years, she has served NSF in multiple capacities. More recently, she was a Program Director for East Asia and Pacific countries. Dr. Ortega has extensive knowledge of science and engineering research and education policies and has represented NSF at national and international science and education meetings. She represented NSF at Palmer Station Antarctica and was selected as an Embassy Science Fellow to represent the US and the NSF at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Marie-Josée Blais

Assistant deputy minister, Science and Innovation Sector

Marie-Josée Blais was appointed in February 2016 as

Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Innovation. Her

responsibilities include the development and implementation of

Québec’s research and innovation strategies. Previously,

Marie-Josée held various strategic and management positions

in public organizations, both in Quebec and abroad. As Director

of International Collaborations and Director of the Coordination

for International Affairs (now Export Québec), Marie-Josée has

participated in several government missions. From 1991 to 2001, she carried out various technology assessments in the United

Kingdom and then in AETMIS.


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.


Astrid Willener

Governing Board, ERA-Net ICT-AGRI EAER

Astrid Willener holds a PhD degree on biomechanics, physiology and ecology. During her academic carrier, she worked on different topics in ecology and was highly involved in scientific communication. She also worked one year at the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) for the promotion of natural sciences on a national level. Since December 2016, she works at the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) as representative of the Swiss agricultural research in Europe. She is also part of the Governing board of the ERA-Net ICT-AGRI 2, whose aim is to strengthen the European research within the area of precision farming and to develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture.


Rebecca L. Keiser

Head of International Science and Engineering Office, NSF

Rebecca Keiser, Ph.D. joined the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) in 2015.  She came to the National Science Foundation (NSF) from NASA where she was a special advisor for Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships.  Prior to that, she held several positions with NASA, including associate deputy administrator for strategy and policy, associate deputy administrator for policy integration, executive officer to the deputy administrator, and chief of staff for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.  Keiser also served as assistant to the director for international relations at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she provided policy guidance to the President’s science advisor.


Patricia Gruber

Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global

Patricia leads a group of technical experts who facilitate international research collaboration and act as liaisons to operational fleet/forces in support of naval missions.  She previously served as the Director of Research at the Office of Naval Research, the Science and Technology provider for the US Navy and Marine Corps.  In this role, she provided overall coordination of the Dept. of Navy fundamental research portfolio.  Dr. Gruber has served as the Vice President, Maritime Systems at Battelle and as the Deputy Director, Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University.  She has held a number of technical management and business development positions at AT&T / Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories.


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).


Georg Nagel

International Coordinator, AiF Projekt GmbH

Georg is coordinator for international cooperation. Currently he is dedicated to ZIM, a funding programme for small and medium-sized enterprises with business operations in Germany which want to develop new or significantly improve existing products, processes or technical services. Public and private non-profit research and technology organisations (RTO) acting as a cooperation partner of a SME are also eligible for ZIM funding. ZIM provides a reliable source of support for innovation efforts since 2008, the program is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and is open to all branches and technological sectors. The redefined ZIM guidelines allow applications to be submitted continuously.


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


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.


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

Nuno Miguel Moreira

Science Officer, FCT

Nuno worked in the Observatory for Science and Technology in the department of statistics for the Information Society and later in the Knowledge Society Agency as project manager. He has been the Coordinator of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre specializing in the development of new partnerships and awareness and communication, also being responsible for the communication with the European Commission. Since 2015 he is a Science officer at the Department of International Relations of FCT working in the management of ERA-NET projects in the fields of bi-regional cooperation (CELAC-Europe), technology and sustainable urbanization.


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.


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.


Greg Singer

Director Research Services, OCAD University

Talita Soares

Senior Policy Officer, EARTO

EARTO – European Association of Research and Technology Organisations


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.