Ani Gerbin, PhD
Head of Grants Management Department
Dr. Ani Gerbin has more than 13 years of experience in project management and research in the area of knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship and science and innovation policy. She obtained her Master's degree in International Economics from the University of Rijeka, Croatia in 2007. Since the same year she has been employed at the Center for Proteomics, University of Rijeka Faculty of Medicine, where she has participated in the preparation of more than 150 project proposals submitted in response to calls published by national, EU (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, IPA) and international funds and programmes, as well as in the implementation of more than 70 financed projects worth close to 20 million euro.
In 2017 Ani obtained a PhD degree from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Economics, with the thesis on academia-industry knowledge transfer in life sciences. Her doctoral study was co-financed by the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and European Social Fund. She has co-authored 5 scientific articles, 2 book chapters, 6 research reports and 9 articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings. She has co-authored additional 11 scientific articles presented at international conferences. Ani's research has been published in leading journals in the field of management, including the Journal of Technology Transfer and Journal of Knowledge Management.
As a Croatian team leader on the international IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation project PACINNO, with the total budget of 6 million euro and 620.000 euro for the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka, Ani has contributed to the understanding of the characteristics of the Adriatic Region innovation eco-system. She coordinated the preparation of research reports on Recommendations for new innovation policies and on Social entrepreneurship and innovation development potential in the Adriatic Region.
In frame of the Marie Curie fellowship she spent three months at Vienna University of Economics and Business, two months in Bia Separations in Slovenia and two months in Genos in Zagreb, where she worked on projects on academic entrepreneurship in biotechnology.
Since 2011 she has been a member of the informal association of Croatian science managers for FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects, coordinated by the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes. As a member of the Working group she participated in the preparation of the Guidelines for financial management of Horizon 2020 grants in Croatia published in 2016. She was also a member of the Working group for drafting of the University of Rijeka Strategy 2014-2020, in the area of external financing (EU funds and programmes, other international programmes).
In 2017 Ani received the Annual Award of the University of Rijeka Foundation for young researchers in the category of social sciences and humanities.