Public Funding Project Manager (m/f/d)

Are you a master in acquiring public funding? Do you love to coordinate international consortia? We are expanding our Benelux team with a Deep Tech Public Funding Project Manager to help us acquire public funding and manage the consortia. Your work constitutes an interface between our R&D teams and the academic and industrial partners we collaborate with, and entails identifying public funding streams (national and international), monitoring project implementation, writing and submitting proposals, ensuring compliance with reporting criteria and developing periodical financial and narrative reports as required by the funders.

Your role

  • Identify relevant EU funding opportunities (tenders and grants), manage the preparation of Horizon Europe grant proposals and other public-funded calls
  • Identify relevant funding opportunities in the Netherlands, Belgium and any other country where Axelera AI will have a legal entity
  • Manage the overall preparation, implementation and reporting of publicly funded projects and ensure that work is delivered on time and at the highest standards
  • Contribute to developing Axelera AI’s funding strategy and identifying new funding opportunities, also through other channels than public funding
  • Liaise with Axelera AI’s researchers to develop project ideas and proposals, coordinate researchers’ and partners’ contributions to projects, coordinate with Axelera AI’s Communication Team for the dissemination of project results (e.g. publications, events)
  • Manage all contractual and financial issues with contracting authorities, partners and experts, verify that expenses are eligible and in line with the budget
  • Create, foster and maintain good relationships with partners and funding authorities.
  • Maintain necessary records, files, reports, databases, and resource materials used by the R&D Team as well as other Axelera AI teams

Place of work: Eindhoven (NL), Leuven (BE); home office in BeNeLux.

Your profile

  • University / Master’s degree in engineering, economics, business or political sciences preferable
  • At least 4 years working experience in dealing with EU-funded projects and/or a strong track record in fundraising in the non-profit sector and/or in Europe
  • Excellent writing skills, including on highly technical and economic subjects
  • Knowledge of European funding programs and tendering is a plus
  • Sound knowledge of the European Framework Program for Research (Horizon 2020) contractual and financial rules is desirable
  • Excellent organizing and planning skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, project management and risk assessment
  • Ability to cope with tight deadlines and a large portfolio of opportunities and projects
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Team player with strong inter-personal and communication skills in a multinational context.
  • Discretion in dealing with confidential matters
  • Passionate in technology
  • Excellent communication skills in English: verbal and written; knowledge of other EU languages is an asset

Who we are

Axelera AI is a truly European deep-tech Start Up company which is developing a game-changing hardware and software platform for AI at the edge that will make the industry more integrated, efficient and accessible. Our mission is to spread artificial intelligence for a green, fair, trusted and safe world enabling new application of AI in diverse sectors like smart cities, retail and other markets. Our company is a spin-off from a multinational deep-tech group and is backed by a strong syndicate of institutional investors. We have an extraordinary and international team of top talented researchers and developers working in the headquarter in Eindhoven (NL) and in the branch offices in Leuven (BE), Zurich (CH) and Pisa (IT).

What we offer

Take the chance to become part of a dynamic, fast-growing, international organization. We offer an attractive compensation package, including a pension plan, extensive employee insurances and the option to get company shares.
An open culture that not only supports creativity and continual innovation is awaiting you.
Collaborative ownership and freedom with responsibility is characteristic for the way we act and work as a team.


Great! We are looking forward to receiving your application! For any further questions or information, please feel free to contact Heike Wilfling, HR Business Partner, For further information on Axelera AI please also have a look on our website:

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