Dr. Meelis Sirendi, Ph.D.Meelis joined BONUS in September 2012 as the Programme Officer. He is responsible for ensuring smooth running of the BONUS calls. His tasks include preparation of call documents, HelpDesk service for applicants, liaising with the Call Task Force members and organisation of proposal evaluations.
Meelis received his PhD in Food Physics from the Ehime Daigaku, Japan in 1998. He has worked in the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute (now the Tallinn University of Technology) in several positions, most recently as a docent. In 1999-2012 he worked in the Estonian Science Foundation (now the Estonian Research Council) as a member of the Executive Board and later as a counselor. Beside other duties he was supervising the implementation and improvement of the Estonian individual research grant scheme as well as facilitating international research cooperation within the Estonian Science Foundation.
Meelis has represented the Estonian Science Foundation in several ERA-NET projects (BIODIVERSA, NORFACE, EUROPOLAR, ERA-NET RUS etc) and acted as the contact person for the European Science Foundation and the Science Europe. He has been also the Estonian representative in Programme Committees of FP5 (QoL), FP6 (Food) and FP7 (KBBE). With BONUS activities Meelis has been involved since 2003 – in ERA-NET, ERA-NET+ and the BONUS EEIG.