An interview with Dr. Eleonore Glitz, Project Consultant at the Projektträger Jülich (PTJ), Department of bio-economy.
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Projektträger Jülich: what kinds of institutions are these?
On an organisational level, both are connected. The Forschungszentrum, as the name implies, conducts research on various technology fields relevant to society. It is part of the Helmholtz Association. The PTJ is on the campus of the Forschungszentrum and uses its infrastructure, but is independent from it for the rest. Its tasks comprise support of the federal and regional administration as well as the European Commission in the realisation of their funding aims.
What do you do in your job, how does a typical working day look like?
In the field of bio-economy, we work on a mandate from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on funding projects from various areas of bio-economy and biotechnology. We monitor and guide the projects from the submission of the project sketches until the evaluation of the final report including the utilisation of the project results. Our applicants are typically universities, research institutes like the Max Planck or Fraunhofer institutes, but also small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We advise them before their applications, we organise the assessment process- which does also include some of our own assessments- process the applications and guide the projects with the help of status reports until the end of the project. During the funding term, we´re contact points for all kinds of questions and problems, which we always try to solve in a way which benefits our “customers”.…