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Research support services

International Research - IRPO

The International Research Project Office (IRPO) supports the internationalisation of DEUSTO research groups and scholars, fostering their participation in international research projects. Our main aim is to help researchers maximise the potential of their research, support the development of lasting international collaborative partnerships, and facilitate access to funding opportunities worldwide.

IRPO offers a wide range of services to DEUSTO researchers. It supports them:

  • In the identification of international funding opportunities through its early warning system
  • In the designing of high-quality proposals for international funding, ensuring they meet the different evaluation criteria, through training and career development related activities, proposal submission and management support, among others.
  • To participate in international networks and knowledge exchange activities
  • With the different award procedures and grant agreement preparation requirements.

Our team

The International Research Project Office is led by Toñi Caro, with a long track in international project management, and a team of experienced and professional research advisors with a sound track in research management.


Toñi Caro González

Toñi CaroToñi Caro González, Head of International Research Project Office at the University of Deusto, has sound experience in managing complex interdisciplinary research collaborations and community engagement with multi-stakeholder counterparts. With over 20 years of experience in research internationalisation, Toñi is senior counsellor to the Rector team in strategic research planning; currently responsible for Deusto Master Plans on “Internationalisation”, “Social Impact” and “Interdisciplinary Platforms”, she is in charge of implementing the 6 I’s Research Model. She published the position paper on 'Nested Systems for Societal Impact' in 2018. She is evaluator for the European Commission and researcher in EU projects. Her current research interests focus on Social Innovation, employment transition, social impact of research and innovative research management. Dr. Caro is BoD member in ESSI, the Covenant on Demographic Change and the GaragErasmus Foundation.



Silvia Fernández Tobío

SilviaSilvia holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santiago de Compostela, (Spain) and a Master in Advanced Process Engineering from Loughborough University (United Kingdom). She has over 10 years of international management consulting experience at Arthur D. Little Ltd and 2.5 years of experience as Research Funding Coordinator at the Research Strategy Office of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She has worked worldwide in a large number of projects in the Higher Education, Energy and Chemical, and in the Travel and Transport sectors. In IRPO, Silvia coordinates the Gender Interdisciplinary Research Platform and is responsible for monitoring DEUSTO’s indicators on international projects.



Glória Nunes Rodrigues

GloriaGlória holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations, a Master in European Policy (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and a Diploma from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She has more than 15 years of experience in scientific and technology related activities. She has worked for 6 years at the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, in the unit "European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions", supporting the selection of new KICs and coordinating EIT activities with other EU initiatives. Previously, at the European Wind Energy Association, as head of the projects and policy analysis unit, she was in charge of the preparation of proposals, negotiation and implementation of FP7 renewable energy projects. In IRPO, she is responsible for communication and dissemination activities, Social Impact and the Strengthening Participation Interdisciplinary Research Platform.


Sara Ponce

Sara PonceSara holds a PhD in Pharmacy at the University of the Basque Country and a Master degree in Innovation and Technology Management at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Deusto and Inasmet. Since 2000, she has worked as researcher in the fields of pharmaceutical technology, tissue engineering, genetic and new healthcare models and services at national (University of Basque Country, Inasmet-Tecnalia, Kronikgune) and international research centres (Groningen University, Johns Hopkins University), participating in 26 research projects (7 international) and publishing 15 research articles in indexed journals. In IRPO, she is in charge of Horizon 2020 Health work programmes and coordinates the Ageing and Wellbeing Interdisciplinary Research Platform, as well as the University participation in the European Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Barbara Rossi

BarbaraBarbara has a solid background, knowledge and 19 years expertise in drafting and managing EU-funded projects in the area of social sciences. She has worked at the European Commission in the Thematic Unit of Migration and Asylum (DG DEVCO) dealing with policy formulation and implementation of migration & development topics, on diaspora and remittances. Previously she worked for private consultancies managing development cooperation EU-funded projects on topics such as strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations in ACP countries. Currently Barbara coordinates the Social Justice Interdisciplinary Research Platform, she is in charge of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme on Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies and she deals with the Social Impact of research. Barbara holds a degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste (Italy).

Osane Uriarte

OsaneOsane joined Deusto International Relations office in 2008 and has been a member of IRPO since its inception in 2011. Her main area of activity is the support to DEUSTO research teams for attracting international talent through Horizon 2020 Excellent Science Pillar, notably the Marie Skolodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council. She also supports the internationalisation of research in the areas of Ethics, Tourism, Leisure and Creative Cities. In this line, she coordinates the B-creative Interdisciplinary Research Platform. She is in charge of the improvement processes at IRPO. Osane holds a Law Degree from the University of Deusto, a Master in Legal Practice from the Institute of Law and Business (IDEM) and in Euroculture from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.


 Luana Ferreira and Manuel Moreno collaborate with the team supporting the internalisation of DEUSTO's research.

International Research Projects Office