Ms Gonca Kara Demir


Gonca Kara Demir, Senior Research Officer at MCAST, ┬áhas studied Law and holds an LLM degree from University of Sussex on EU and International Trade Law Programme. During that time, she gained experience and knowledge in EU focused ICT and Intellectual Property Rights Law. She has over 10 years of experience working on EU and National Funding Programmes in particular related to ICT, Smart Cities, Environment, and Digital Skills. She helped scientists and innovators scaling up with International & EU Grants and offered tailor-made coaching in preparing successful grant proposals and winning business pitches. Her specialities include project management in EU funding programmes (Horizon 2020, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, SME Instrument, Eurostars, EU Procurement, Int’l R&D and Innovation Grants, Venture Capital, etc.), Dissemination of EU-funded projects, Market Analysis, Business Planning and Coaching on Grant Identification.

Research Interests

  • ICT
  • Future & Emerging Technologies
  • Environment
  • Knowledge & Innovation Management
  • Climate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship


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