Nayia Nicolaou
Nayia is an EU Funding Consultant and Proposal Writer. Since 2011, she has been heavily involved in the preparation and coordination of proposals in European and National Funded Programmes, mainly in the field of Life Sciences, and she has participated both as a researcher and a project manager in European funded projects.

She completed a BSc in Genetics at the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Genetics of Human Diseases at the University College London (UCL) in the UK. In 2016, she has completed her PhD studies in Medical Genetics at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she studied the role of genetic mutations in the pathogenesis of congenital renal anomalies. During this period, Nayia was involved as a Researcher in the European programme EURenOmics that was funded by the FP7 programme of the European Commission in 2012. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Epigenetics Lab of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, where she studied novel regulators of protein arginine methylation. In 2016-2019, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Genetics Clinic of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, where she coordinated the preparation of several proposals for both European and National Calls. She managed to acquire a total of 100,000 EUR funding from the 3rd Health Programme of the European Commission and worked as the Project Manager for the CENSUS project, which aimed to build the first online national registry for patients with Congenital Anomalies. During this period, Nayia also became a member of the COST Action EnGagE, an EU-funded programme enabling researchers to set up interdisciplinary networks in Europe and beyond and worked as a part-time lecturer at the European University Cyprus in Nicosia.

Her experience and competence in project implementation and management contribute to her current role as a Project Manager for EU funded projects. Moreover, she is the Assistant Project Manager of SPRING, a 1 million EUR project funded under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Knowledge Alliances Programme and the Project Manager of CHOICE, an Erasmus+ Key Action 3 project. She was also involved in the proposal preparation and Grant Agreement preparation of Open Up, a project funded under the Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme.

Her interests focus on helping researchers and SMEs acquire funding from National and European Programmes that support Innovation in Start-Ups, Education and Training, Policy Reform, Culture, Excellent Science, e-Infrastructures and Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing.