External Collaboration Coordinator

Paul Merkus

Department / Institute
Research Support and Valorization


Paul Merkus heads the Research Support Office (RSO), a central group of TU/e professionals who help researchers to maximize their chances of success with project acquisition and execution. The RSO offers specialized support to researchers throughout the whole research project chain. Further, Paul is the central contact person to all TKI's (implementing the topsector policy), member of the EAISI MT for external affairs, secretary of the e/MTIC Steering Group and e/MTIC Funding Team and Innovation Call Manager at Eindhoven Engine.

The best lobby is a good proposal


Paul has a background in applied physics and worked over 30 years in industry. He has a track record in both hardware and software product development and further specialized in public funding for collaborative innovation, both national and European. He understands the challenges of both industry and academia and how they can be brought together. Paul has the ambition to build bridges wherever relevant, and to facilitate the definition and execution of public-private partnerships in innovation. He has an action-oriented can-do mentality and was involved in the launch of both e/MTIC and EAISI.

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