Project Support Office


Hacettepe University Project Support Office aims to strengthen the University’s research infrastructure by facilitating and institutionalising the researchers’ access to national and international funds. The Office serves to encourage the use of new technologies in academic research activities. Besides supporting researchers’ and graduate students’ search for research funds, it also intends to contribute to Turkish Research Area by extending the potential for frontier research.


Project Support Office aims to match project ideas with appropriate research funds. It mainly covers the following funding bodies: Horizon Europe, European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, WIDESPREAD (Teaming, Twinning, ERA Chairs and COST Action), Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, TUBİTAK (ARDEB, BİDEB and TEYDEB), Ankara Development Agency, Turkish National Agency, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA):
-    Organise info days on fund programmes
-    Distribute information on programme calls 
-    Support researchers in their search for funding agencies suitable for their research
-    Provide assistance in networking activities
-    Support project writing processes by highlighting the coherence between excellence, implementation and impact
-    Offer technical assistance in project submission 
-    Provide the necessary information and documents for project submission and grant agreement 
-    Assist information flow from TUBITAK and Hacettepe Technopolis Technology Transfer Center 

Project Support Office intends to contact researchers directly on Horizon Europe calls. To serve this purpose, calls are reviewed to deduct keywords, which are searched on Web of Science ( platform under the “DOCUMENTS” tab. The results are then refined for “HACETTEPE”. This unique method allows to reach the names of Hacettepe University researchers conducting relevant research to the call and contact them directly to provide intensive support.


Dr. Özgün Sarımehmet Duman
She holds BSc in Political Science and Public Administration from METU, MA in Comparative Politics from the University of York (UK) and PhD in Political Science from Ankara University. She completed her post-doctoral research at the University of Sheffield (UK). She also conducted research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a Visiting Fellow and at the University of East London as a Senior Research Fellow in European Political Economy. Dr. Sarımehmet Duman’s academic research mainly focuses on international political economy, state-market relations, economic crises, Eurozone crisis, labour market relations, social and employment policies, neoliberalism, globalisation and financialisation. She also took part in international projects at different universities. She worked as project officer in an FP6 project on “Turkish Mobility Network” (TR-MoNET) at METU and as a researcher at an FP7 project titled “Shaping a Common Future for Europe and Asia: Sharing Policy Innovation and Best Practices in Addressing Common Challenges” at the EU Cenre in Singapore, National University of Singapore. She conducted individual research on “The Effect of the EU Membership Process of Turkey on Labour Market Reforms”, funded by Jean Monnet Programme. Her academic success was acknowledged and rewarded by many institutions including the European Commission and Research Council of Turkey.

Dr. Sarımehmet Duman joined Hacettepe University Project Support Office in December 2019. She takes responsibilities in strengthening the University’s research infrastructure, supporting information flow from the funding agencies through different faculties of the University, and institutionalising project support mechanisms to encourage interdisciplinary project proposals. 

Evren Erik
She received BSc from Başkent University and MSc from Hacettepe University. She took responsibility at different administrative positions since joined the University in 2006. She is mainly specialised on Erasmus+ projects. She participated to European Association for International Education Conference (EAIE) between 2009-2014, and represented the University at international platforms to strengthen its networks and create new opportunities for international cooperation. She also benefited from Erasmus+ Staff Mobility to visit partner universities, which significantly contributed to the University’s promotion at international platforms. During her position at the European Union Office, she was held responsible for E+ Staff Mobility and management of its budget. She received trainings on Project Cycle at the National Agency and some other private institutions. She also worked as project advisor and project assistant at Ministry of Industry and Technology’s “Technologic Product Investment Support Programme” and Erasmus+ “Higher Education Strategic Partnership Project”.

Since joined Project Support Office, she provides support to researchers interested in participating to Erasmus+ Programme in creating project ideas, preparing project files during project writing and submission processes. She also passes information to researchers on programme calls and support programmes.