OxygenEUm - Breathing Life into your project


OxygenEUm is run by Dr. Juliane Sauer (biography here). OxygenEUm provides researchers and research institutions with hands-on advice on how to write competitive research proposals under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding scheme of Horizon 2020.

My expertise stems from nine years of experience as National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Switzerland, the successful coordination of the NCP project Net4Mobility and of the MSCA-Cofund project Empapostdocs-II , successfully written MSCA grants, and a worldwide network of experts.


  • One on one consulting
  • Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Proofreading and editing of proposals
  • Trainings on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

  • Trainings on transferable skills (Gender Dimension in Research, Grant writing, Research Career Development)
  • Successful set-up of the Bootcamp playbook transnational career programme
  • Tailor-made trainings on request


Implemented Trainings

  • Bangkok November 2016 (RISE and IF)
  • Singapore November 2016 (IF)
  • Kuala Lumpur November 2016 (Horizon2020 and IF)
  • Jakarta and Malang November 2016 (RISE and IF)
  • Prague December 2016 (ITN)
  • Tel Aviv April 2017 (IF)
  • Ankara July 2017 (ITN and COFUND)
  • Zurich August 2017 (Career Development and Grant Writing)
  • Istanbul October 2017 (ITN and RISE)
  • Heidelberg October 2017 (Career Development)
  • Barcelona November 2017 (ITN)
  • Leuven February 2018 (IF)
  • Cardiff May 2018 (IF)
  • Neuch√Ętel June 2018 (Gender dimension in research)
  • Budapest November 2018 (ITN)
  • Regular trainings at Empa 2018/19 (IF et al.)
  • Twente February 2019 (Train the Trainer)
  • Prague, May 2019 (IF)
  • Oslo May 2019 (IF)
  • Brussels June 2019 (ITN)
  • Madrid October 2019 (ITN)
  • Dublin November 2019 (ITN)

Reviewed Proposals

Invited Talks

  • Malta MSCA presidency conference: Gender Dimension in Research in the MSCA Valletta, May 2017
  • 20 years of the MSCA in Croatia: Experiences on COFUND Zagreb, June 2017
  • Vitae Annual Conference: Leveraging Researcher Support Networks (with the RSA) Birmingham, September 2017
  • MCAA Annual Conference: IF Grant writing. Leuven, February 2018
  • ESOF 2018: Researchers associations beyond boarders. Toulouse, July 2018
  • Empapostdocs-II Fellows' retreat: Postdoctoral career opportunities. Zurich, September 2018
  • Austria MSCA presidency conference: MSCA and their innovation potential. Vienna, October 2018


Kwintessence has been set up in 2007 by Ms. Alie Kwint and has since then contributed to a number of successful projects in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions; most notably for ITN, COFUND and the Individual Fellowships.

In 2017 Kwintessence and OxygenEUm decided to collaborate to further enhance our services and offer our clients tailor-made strategic advice.