Heidi Honkanen (ex. Ruuska)
Senior Expert, Partner
at Culmentor

Private company

Oulu & Turku

Expert in:

Policy Finance

More about this expert:

I am an expert in EU projects, R&D project development and funding and passionate about developing projects that benefit the European society and businesses. I have co-written, co-coordinated and reviewed of several dozens of R&D project proposals (e.g. FP7 and Horizon 2020) prepared by European RTOs, SMEs and large companies. The projects have been related to wide variety of fields of science and business and in most cases the project budgets have been between 2-20 Million EUR. I started working for Oy Culmentor Ltd. in 2006 and since then a major part of my daily work has been related to large European R&D programmes and collaborative projects. In addition to writing proposals, I train universities and companies about the funding programmes and project related issues, monitor the programmes and related policies, and identify funding sources for our clients' projects. Through the project work I have been involved in the business and product development of several R&D intensive companies from start-ups and SMEs to large industries in Finland and in Europe. I got interested in the EU issues, especially regional and R&D policies during my MSc studies at the Dept. of Geography / University of Oulu. After graduation I completed a 5-month trainee period at the European Commission / DG Regio, Brussels in 2004.