COST Targeted Network TN1302

The voice of research administrators - building a network of administrative excellence (BESTPRAC)


Position Title:
Member of WG2
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Expertise relevant to the Targeted Network

I have a solid experience of providing project support services both at the university and faculty level in the University of Jyväskylä. I am responsible for project support regarding national and international (especially ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie) funding bodies from project planning phase to the project implementation. Our unit helps researchers and faculty level administrators in project budgeting and gives consultancy in issues and questions related to project implementation (interpreting funding rules and guidance). I have helped to manage one of our COST Actions (IS1007) which is hosted by the department of Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy so I understand the project structure of COST Actions. 

In university our projects are mainly research projects. As I have worked for an applied university too, I have wide experience from projects funded from ERDF and ESF. Unlike most of the other project professionals in our university I hold a master degree in accounting and finance so this network and this work package suits perfectly for me. I have reported projects financed by EU (FP7), COST, structural funds and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. 



The University of Jyväskylä is a multidisciplinary, dedicated scientific university, with an absolute drive for quality in all areas. Measured according to the number of Master's degrees conferred, the University of Jyväskylä ranks as the second largest university in Finland. The University has 15 000 students in addition to adult education students, representing 40 000 students in total. 

The University is strongly linked with top national and international research, business and innovation communities. From the business perspective, the University ranks among the four most interesting universities in Finland. At the same time it is part of over 300 international scientific networks and has more than 50 ongoing collaborative programmes with top universities from Europe, North America, Japan, China and India. The University of Jyväskylä is also ranked among the top 500 universities in the world on the Shanghai ranking list.

The attractiveness of University of Jyväskylä for its partners lies in highly talented and creative scientists, excellent infrastructure, and commitment to succeed. The University's first-rate success in the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence Programme (six Centres of Excellence) reinforces its position as one of the best research universities in Finland. The university currently hosts four international professors of Finland Distinguished Professor Programme, six ERC-fellows and four Marie Curie IEF-fellows (one CIG), and the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Physics is one of the European Major Infrastructures.


The University is also highly successful in attracting external competitive funding, from national as well as European funding agencies. For instance, in Framework Programme 6 (FP6), the University participated and managed 25 EU research 

projects, including two Marie Curie Research Training Networks and one Marie Curie Excellent Team. In FP7 the University has already 59 projects among which three Marie Curie ITN and two IRSES projects. Our university has been granted two projects in recent CIP programme. 


Research Administration

The Research and Innovation Services is responsible for research administration and assists researchers with issues relating to research project planning, calculating costs and collaboration agreements, as well as making the best out of and distributing research results. As a researcher, you can receive information about both national and international research funding from us.  

Project Services support researchers, researcher groups and project participants in faculties and units in all phases of projects, and support the accumulation of project expertise at the University. Ongoing projects are managed at the faculties or departments and our unit gives support to researchers and administrative staff.  

Our strategic targets are 


  1. To fuel application activity for supplementary funding and to improve the quality of applications 
  2. To increase the proportion of external research funding in overall funding
  3. To be a strategic partner for the management, faculties and units of the University, and to offer comprehensive project support service for researchers
  4. To build partnerships with the most important financers, partners and interest groups and to accumulate project competence of the University. 

Our unit provides even innovation and legal services for researchers.  


Curriculum Vitae

Education/Professional Career


Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) University of Vaasa
2012:Study Programme in Administration and Management of Higher Education, 40 ECTS, University of Tampere
2004-2007:Research Assistant at University of Vaasa, Levón Institute
2007-2008:Planning Officer / Coordinator at Vaasa Hospital District
2008-2010:Project Coordinator at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
2010-2012:Research Manager at University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Social Sciences
since 2012:Funding Advisor at University of Jyväskylä, Research and Innovation Services