Based in Zurich, accelopment AG is a competent service provider in the public funding sector. accelopment assists universities, companies and other organisations in the acquisition of and participation in publicly funded innovation projects.

We are specialised in European research, development and innovation support programmes such as Horizon 2020 and EUREKA/Eurostars. Our focus is primarily on projects in the life sciences, information and communication technologies (ICT), environment and energy sectors, and in the areas of materials and manufacturing.

At accelopment, we professionally accompany our clients and partners through the process of applying for funds and assist them in the implementation of their innovative project:

  • Providing individual advice to help select suitable programmes and provide assistance with the application process.
  • Taking on the non-technical aspect of the project application; we revise technical explanations and calculate the budget.
  • Supporting projects during contract negotiations with the European Commission.
  • Serving as a project partner and carrying out administrative aspects of project management.
  • Dr Jeanette Müller
  • Dr Johannes Ripperger
  • Marco Cavallaro
  • Livie Kundert
  • Dr Emily Rose Ciscato
  • Dr Mariana Santos
  • Liam Colman
  • Agnes Rauch
  • Melinda Csuhajné Héder
  • Chantal Meier
  • Damian Wehrli
  • Géraldine Messmer
  • Gabriel Grieder
  • Jacqueline Strehler
  • Julia Götz

Dr Jeanette Müller

Dr Jeanette Mueller is founder and CEO of accelopment. She has over 20 years of experience in the acquisition and management of publicly funded projects (IT, life sciences, social sciences and renewable energies) and has specialised in R&D and innovation projects. Thanks to several executive positions in IT, other companies and her own enterprises, Jeanette knows how to organise projects efficiently and to serve different stakeholders. After graduating in Economic Geography at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and the Université de Perpignan (France), Jeanette acquired her PhD at the University of Wales Aberystwyth (UK) in the field of European funding programmes.

Dr Johannes Ripperger

Research & Innovation Manager
At accelopment, Dr Johannes Ripperger manages several EU projects. Since 2008 he has been active as a research manager in the private sector. He has a track record in successfully supporting researchers and enterprises in acquiring and managing national (CTI, SNF) and EU (FP7) research funding with a focus on energy, environment, manufacturing and health topics. Johannes holds a degree in Geophysics from the LMU Munich (Germany) and earned a PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in the field of numerical modeling of earthquake physics.

Julia Götz

Project Manager Communications
At accelopment, Julia Götz is mainly involved in project communication activities and is involved in all stages of our projects, from applications through to implementation. Because of her experience in digital communication her main focus is on web activities. Prior to her employment at accelopment Julia worked as a project manager of marketing services at a supplier in the construction industry. Working there she gained valuable experience in online and offline marketing. Julia is bilingual (English and German) and grew up in London. Her bachelors degree is in International Management from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Jacqueline Strehler

Project Manager Communications
At accelopment, Jacqueline Strehler predominantly supports project managers in communication and administrative tasks. Before joining accelopment, she worked for the UniversityHospital Zurich, where she gained experience in project and content management. Jacqueline Strehler is doing her master’s degree in History and Communication Sciences at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Marco Cavallaro

Research & Innovation Associate
At accelopment, Marco Cavallaro supports proposal writing, project management and provides advice to research groups and companies on EU funding opportunities. He has gained knowledge in EU funding programmes during his experiences at SwissCore in Brussels and at the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation in Bern. Marco holds a Master degree in Public Management and Policy from the University of Lausanne, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D studies at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, on the topic of European funding programmes.

Livie Kundert

Project Manager Communications
Livie Kundert is a project management and communication professional. At accelopment, she is involved in communication activities, from strategy development to implementation. She has been working in education, research and innovation institutions for the last 10 years, both in Switzerland and abroad. In her former position at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL), she managed the partnering community of the Human Brain Project, a 10 year EU FET Flagship project in neuroscience, brain-related medicine and computing. She holds a MA of Arts from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and a Postgraduate Degree in Communication Studies from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Dr Emily Rose Ciscato

Project Manager Communications
At accelopment, Dr. Emily Rose Ciscato is involved in project communication, dissemination of results, and in proposal writing. Thanks to her previous experience in academia she is particularly familiar with the needs of researchers and offers sound expertise especially in environmental sciences and chemistry. She built her experience in project management and communication through the ideation, organisation, and management of dissemination activities, working groups, seminar series and workshops aimed at scientific exchange as well as at addressing and improving educational, communication, and equal opportunity dynamics within the Earth Sciences department of ETH Zürich. Emily is bilingual (English and Italian), holds a combined Bachelor and Masters (MSci) degree in Geology from the University of Bristol (UK) and a PhD in Geochemistry from the ETH Zürich (Switzerland).

Dr Mariana Santos

Research & Innovation Project Associate
At accelopment, Dr Mariana Santos provides funding advice and assists proposal preparation in Horizon 2020. Since 2015, she has been involved in the implementation of EC funded life sciences projects and since early 2019 has gathered experience as a proposal writer in multidisciplinary topics: EIC-FTI, LC-BAT, INFRASUPP, SwafS, WIDESPREAD, and FETPROACT. Mariana holds a degree in biology from the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and graduated with a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Leicester (UK). Besides her academic background, she has worked for the pharma industry in the departments of Regulatory Affairs and Market Access.

Liam Colman

Project Assistant
At accelopment, Liam Colman is mainly involved in proposal writing and internal IT tasks. Prior to working at accelopment, Liam successfully completed an apprenticeship as IT Specialist, where he gained experience in support, server infrastructure and networking. After deciding to go back to school, he is now studying Psychology and History at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Liam functions as Data Protection Officer (DPO) for the GDPR compliance.

Géraldine Messmer

Project Assistant
At accelopment, Géraldine Messmer works as a project assistant, offering support in proposal writing, administrative and organisational tasks and complementing our communication specialists in marketing and communication activities. She holds a bachelor degree from the University of Zurich in English Literature and Linguistics, as well as Art History. Before she joined our team, she worked for a gallery in Zurich as an art consultant and is now doing her master’s degree in Curatorial Studies at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Agnes Rauch

Graphic Designer
Agnes Rauch has collected 20 years worth of experiences as a graphic artist and senior designer in Hamburg, Berlin and London. She has created print media, corporate designs, websites and various communication measures for a number of (and sometimes international) companies. As a lecturer for media design in Berlin she is keen to pass on her knowledge and helps to teach theory (typography, corporate design, colour management, prepress and press technique) and practical implementation (InDesign, Illustrator, websites with Wordpress).

Melinda Csuhajné Héder

Project Manager Finance & Reporting
At accelopment, Melinda Csuhajné Héder is a Project Manager Finance & Reporting. Her focus areas are the financial reporting and financial monitoring of research projects supported by accelopment. Melinda has several years of experience in monitoring publicly funded EU projects and was working as a financial controller both in Hungary and Switzerland prior to joining accelopment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Budapest Business School and a master’s degree in Business Management from the Business and Economics University of Pécs (Hungary).

Gabriel Grieder

Project Manager Finance & Reporting
At accelopment, Gabriel Grieder is a Project Manager Finance & Reporting. He mainly works in project proposals and in the financial reporting for research projects. Before joining the accelopment team Gabriel worked for several years as a Business & Finance Controller for a big ground handling company in the aviation industry at Zurich-Airport. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the School of Management Fribourg HEG / Hochschule für Wirtschaft Fribourg HEG (Switzerland) and is currently doing his Master’s degree studies in Business Administration at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

Chantal Meier

Project Assistant
At accelopment Chantal Meier is mainly involved in proposal writing and assisting in projects. Chantal has previously successfully completed an apprenticeship in business administration at a wine store, where she was responsible for internal processes and handling customer service. Additionally, Chantal worked as a Dive Master in Cyprus for a year. She is currently studying economic psychology at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) in Olten.

Damian Wehrli

Project Assistant
At accelopment, Damian Wehrli is a Project Assistant with a focus on business issues such as the exploitation of new technologies using suitable business models. Previously Damian was an intern at a consulting agency, from which he brings knowledge on strategic business developments. Damian holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and is currently completing his Masters degree in economics at the University of St. Gallen.