Pintail Ltd is an SME based in Dublin. The main company activities are software development, technology transfer, academic/industry collaboration, consultancy and project management, with an emphasis on the management of EU projects. Pintail personnel have been contributing to or managing EU projects since the early 1990s, in programmes as diverse as Esprit, ACTS, eContent+, eTen, FP6 and FP7. Pintail has acted as a ‘problem manager’ for projects which have received ‘red flag’ reviews, as a specialist subcontractor and as a full project partner (as in the case of GlycoHIT). Ciaran Clissmann, the Pintail staff member who will be active in GlycoHIT, has worked for two years in Brussels for the Commission, as well as managing STREPs or similar projects in a number of programmes.
Pintail will manage the day to day administration of the GlycoHIT project in collaboration with the coordinators, NUIG. Pintail will focus on progress monitoring and scheduling, deliverable quality assurance, timesheet collection and validation, costs statement preparation, quarterly monitoring reports, reviews and routine EU liaison. This leaves the coordinator free to focus on the scientific aspects of the project while ensuring that the administrative aspects of project management and EU liaison are competently delivered.
Pintail will also be active in the dissemination and exploitation activities within management work-package. Intellectual property, technology transfer and the preparation of business plans for research projects are domains in which Pintail has a significant amount of experience.
Ciaran Clissmann is a director of Pintail Ltd. He has been involved in EU projects since 1991, writing proposals, managing work-packages and taking part in reviews. During 1999 and 2000 he worked as an expert in the Commission services in Brussels. He has given presentations and training on EU project management on behalf of Enterprise Ireland (the Irish body which stimulates FP7 activity among the Irish SME and university communities). He has acted as an evaluator and rapporteur for the eContentPlus and EuroStars programmes of the EU, most recently in 2009.