HBM4EU from the Coordinator's perspective : lessons learnt from managing a large-scale EU project





Faculty/Professorship: International Relations  
Author(s): Gehring, Thomas  ; Kolossa-Gehring, Marike; Pack, L. Kim; Hülck, Kathrin
Title of the Journal: International journal of hygiene and environmental health
ISSN: 1438-4639, 1618-131X
Publisher Information: München : Elsevier
Year of publication: 2023
Volume: 247
Pages: 1-7
Language(s): English
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Artikelnummer: 114072
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2022.114072
Abstract: 
We discuss some important management issues of the Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU) from the perspective of the Coordinator that may be valuable for the design and management of similar projects. As a large-scale international collaborative project, HBM4EU comprised 118 institutions from 30 countries and the European Environment Agency and had a budget of about €74 million. It has set up an innovative cooperative network of national and EU authorities and scientific institutions at the science-policy interface. A project of this scale raises major management challenges and requires transparent, efficient, and well-organized administrative and scientific steering structures. We present four major points: First, prior to the beginning of the project, the Consortium Agreement needs to be well elaborated to prevent conflicts during the project lifetime. Second, a strong role for national and EU policy-making authorities in the administrative governance structure enhances the interest of recipients of project results. Third, large-scale international collaborative projects need an elaborate and well-financed scientific governance structure. Fourth, a differentiation of funding rates among project activities threatens to create conflicts. HBM4EU provides a prototype for EU funded large-scale projects targeting future policies for realizing the Green Deal and Zero Pollution Ambition in the field of chemicals, health, and environment.
GND Keywords: Europäische Kommission. HORIZON 2020; Forschungsprojekt; HBM4EU; Projektsteuerung; Projektstruktur; Projektmanagement
Keywords: HBM4EU, Large scale EU project, Horizon2020, Project governance, Coordination, Management
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: AK 30300   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/56871
Release Date: 7. December 2022