Research Projects Development Office

The Research Projects Development Office (PDO) is responsible for the project development, application, contracting period of the grant projects and academic support processes of SU faculty members and researchers. Responsibilities within the scope of project development and application process for grant projects are listed below.

  • Searching for funding opportunities for national and international research grant projects,
  • Informing SU faculty members and researchers about appropriate funding opportunities,
  • Creating a candidate pool for project applications,
  • Collecting the names and CVs of the new academicians in the university,
  • Finding suitable candidates for project applications and matching them with suitable calls,
  • Conducting consulting companies and coordination of TÜBİTAK EBAG processes in order to receive support within the scope of EU framework programs
  • Filling in the application documents, budget and online system in line with the program expectations of the project and supporting the completion of the application during the application process,
  • In case of acceptance of the application, managing the contract process and transferring the project to the Project Management Office (PMO),
  • In case the application is rejected, the panel report is reviewed and the applicant is directed to revise the project and apply to the same or different funding group.

Programs under the responsibility of PDO; H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Programs, H2020 ERC Programs, EU COST, TÜBİTAK ARDEB (1001, 1002, 1003, 1005, 1004, 3501), TÜBİTAK BİDEB (2219, 2221, 2232, 2236, 2247A, 2247B), TÜBİTAK Bilateral Cooperation Projects, Era-Net National Programs, COST 2515-2519, BOREN, TÜSEB, Ministry of Development, Istanbul Development Agency (İSTKA) Programs, American Funds and other National / International grant funds.

In addition to the support given to the project development and application process for grant projects, PDO also carries out studies that support the academic studies of Sabancı University faculty members, and the relevant responsibilities are listed below:

  • Coordinating the Integration Projects Support applications for faculty members who are newly included in SU,
  • Supporting SU Internal Academic Activity applications and ensuring the coordination of the process with the Faculty Representatives of URC (University Research Council),
  • Ensuring the coordination of the Research Ethics Committee (SUREC) and managing the evaluation processes of applications,
  • Examining the questionnaire requests submitted to SU and managing the process,
  • Managing the application process and determining eligible faculty members who can meet the application criteria within the scope of Research Awards (TÜBİTAK, TÜBA, Elginkan etc.),
  • Coordinating the Individual Research Fund (IRF) process,
  • Managing the Graduate Policies processes together with the units within SU.
  • RGP Journal coordination and publication,
  • Coordination and publication of SU Researchers Catalog,
  • Coordination of the e-signature process in project applications.
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Burcu Şimşek

Project Development Office (PDO) Project Development Specialist

TÜBİTAK ARDEB (3501, 1001), BİDEB (2247A, 2247B, 2221), H2020 MSCA EF, TÜBİTAK International Bilateral Cooperation, Era-Net, H2020 Achievement and Over the Threshold Awards, SU Integration Projects Support, Survey requests management


+90 216 568 7071
Didem Kılıçoğlu

Project Development Office (PDO) Project Development Office Manager

TÜBİTAK ARDEB (3501, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1001, 1002), EU COST and COST 2515 fund, TÜBİTAK Bilateral Cooperation, Era-Net, İSTKA, BOREN and Ministry Supports, H2020 ERC and H2020 MSCA Programs, USA Funds coordination, Consulate , BİDEB Programs Coordination, Research Ethics Committee Coordination, IRF processes, graduate processes coordination, SU Integration Projects Support, Internal Academic Activity coordination, RGP Journal, SU Researchers Catalog processes, coordination of institutional system registration update in international application processes.


+90 216 483 9719
Gökçin Ardakoç

Project Development Office (PDO) Project Development Specialist

H2020 MSCA EF / ITN / RISE Programs, COFUND, USA Funds (NSF, AFOSR), TÜBİTAK ARDEB (1001, 1003, 1004, 1005), TÜBİTAK BİDEB (2232, 2236), TÜBİTAK Bilateral Cooperation, Research Ethics Committee Coordination, EU COST , COST 2515, Other international funds (Facebook Research, ICGEB, Jean Monnet, Consulate, etc.), updating the corporate system registry in international application processes.


+90 216 568 7057
Pınar Mutlu Bedel

Project Development Office (PDO) Project Development Specialist

H2020 ERC Programs, TÜBİTAK Bilateral Cooperation, COST 2515, 2519, Era-Net, EMBO, UK Funds, TÜBİTAK ARDEB (1001, 1003, 1005), H2020 ERC, H2020 MSCA EF, İSTKA, BOREN, TÜSEB and Ministry Supports, international application updating of corporate system records in processes, RGP-PDO Quality and OHS Responsibility.


+90 216 4839726
Sezen Sefayi

Project Development Office (PDO) Project Development Specialist

TÜBİTAK ARDEB (1001, 1002, 3501), İSTKA, BOREN, Research Awards, KAF Process, Research Ethics Committee EDMS Process, Internal Academic Activity, Contracting follow-up of supported projects, SU Researchers Catalog, RGP Journal, e-signature coordination for project applications, updating the institutional system registry in international application processes, University e-signature institution official.


+90 216 483 9641