Issue 27 - Summer 2017
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue of the Research Support Newsletter. Our next issue will be published in September. We wish you a sunny, warm and enjoyable summer.

Research Spotlight is a series where we shine a spotlight on the research being undertaken in DCU research centres. This month we are looking at Insight.   
The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is one of Europe’s largest data analytics research centres, with over 400 researchers, and more than 60 industry partners. The initial seed funding from Science Foundation Ireland in 2013 made Insight the largest non-capital investment in a research centre in Ireland.

Insight is co-led by four of Ireland’s Universities: DCU, NUI Galway, UCC and UCD as well as a number of affiliated bodies. The overall research themes in Insight address basic and applied research in the areas of Semantic Web, Linked Data, Machine Learning & Statistics, and Optimisation & Decision Analytics with the DCU site concentrating on Media Analytics, Personal Sensing and Recommender Systems.  The size of the research centre allows for collaboration on a large scale, which enables the organisation to compete for funding and opportunities at a much higher level.

Read the full article.
May Updates 

H2020 Success: ENTIRE 
Congratulations to Prof. Bert Gordijn of the DCU Institute of Ethics and School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, a partner and academic lead in a successful EU H2020 bid for the project ‘Mapping Normative Frameworks for EThics and Integrity of REsearch (ENTIRE)’.

H2020 Success: OSOS
Congratulations to CELSIUS Research Group and the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies, who will be partnering in a successful EU H2020 project ‘Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS)’.

HRB PPI Ignite for Veronica Lambert 
Congratulations to Dr. Veronica Lambert, School of Nursing and Human Sciences on securing the HRB PPI Ignite award. The €350k project will run for 3 years and focus on creating the right environment, training, support and processes to help researchers engage public and patients in their research. 

SCoTENs Funding for Institute of Education
Congratulations to researchers from DCU Institute of Education who were recently awarded SCoTENs funding. 

Dr. Susan Pike, School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (SEIG) received funding for EN-EBLe: Embedding and Nurturing Enquiry-based Learning - developing a two-level model of Initial Teacher Education through enquiry.

Rowan Oberman, Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education,  was awarded funding for a human rights lecture series 'Where to now?: Human Rights Education on this island, these islands and beyond'. 

First Fraunhofer Project Centre in Ireland
Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Embedded BioAnalytical Systems has been launched at DCU, following an investment of €2.5 million by SFI, in partnership with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Congratulations to Prof. Jens Ducrée, Director of the new Centre. Read more.   

New SFI Funded Research Centre
DCU Prof. Dermot Brabazon will co-lead a new SFI Research Centre along with Prof. Denis Dowling of UCD, on a project concerning innovative techniques and processes in Additive Manufacturing. Read more

Royal Irish Academy Membership for Robert Elgie
Congratulations to Prof. Robert Elgie of the School of Law and Government on being elected as one of the 18 new members of the Royal Irish Academy. Read more.

Vicky Conway Appointed to Garda Reform Panel 
Dr. Vicky Conway from the School of Law and Government has been appointed by the Government to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Summer School: Big Data and Analytics
24 July - 4 August
University of Essex offer a summer school in the emerging fields of big data, data science and analytics. More info and register here 



Upcoming Events

Research Ethics Committee -
last meeting before summer break

The submission deadline for the June meeting is Friday 9 June - this is the last opportunity for ethical review before the summer break. Applications submitted after this date will be held over for the September 1st meeting. Please contact with any queries prior to deadline.

Biobased Industries Call 2017 & Information Event
6 June

DAFM are holding an information event in UCD on June 6th in relation to EU funding opportunities for the bioeconomy. Reserve a place

Advanced Science Communication WorkshopPublic and Patient 
Involvement in Research 

12 June
One-day workshop held in RCSI on Monday 12th June 2017. Attendance is free for all researchers in DCU, but registration is mandatory. The Graduate Studies Office in DCU is helping to support this workshop as part of the 3U Partnership between DCU, Maynooth University and RCSI. Register here.

4th Irish History of Mathematics Conference IHoM4 
9 June
The fourth Irish conference on the History of Mathematics (IHoM4) will be held in the Edward Worth Library, Dublin, on Friday 9th June 2017. IHoM4 will be of interest especially to colleagues in the humanities, science and education. Further details and register here.

Funding Opportunities 

Research Professional Update

A new feature of Research Professional is the inclusion of awards data for the leading UK funders and the ERC. This will soon be expanded to include the Irish funding agencies. The information can be accessed via funding opportunities from the relevant funders or from the new awards tab in Research Professional.
Please note that the RP News feature will be discontinued as of June 2017.
Useful funding searches can be accessed at the links below:
National Funding Agencies
Other National Funding Opportunities
EU H2020 Funding Opportunities
If you wish to edit the above searches - click on the ‘lock’ icon under the heading. You can then add relevant discipline terms or award types, if required.
Please contact Isabel Hidalgo in RIS if you have any queries or would like to arrange further training.
Research Professional training videos can also be accessed HERE
OECD Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
The OECD Co-operative Research Programme Call for Applications is now open.  The call will fund international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants. The deadline is Sun 10th Sept. DCU contact: Helen Burke
Funding Opportunities 

EPA Research Call 2017
This call is now open under the following research strands - please check the detail regarding the relevant funding structure and project duration:
1) Green Enterprise:
applications to IPAS by the 6th June. Call deadline: 9 June.
2) ClimateSustainability; and WaterApplications including budgets must be submitted to IPAS by the 26th June. Call deadline: 3 July. DCU Contact: Fiona Brennan 

SFI Discover Call 2017 -
STEM Education and Public Engagement

This call supports projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in STEM. Categories of applications:
1) Project Funding up to €50,000 for a maximum of one year 
2) Projects of Regional or National Impact Funding of up to €300,000 over a maximum of two years
Applications including budgets must be submitted to IPAS by Friday 16th June. Call deadline: 23 June. DCU Contact: Fiona Brennan

Marine Institute Infrastructure Call 2017
This €2m call will fund awards of between €20,000 and €200,000. Funding is provided for up to 90% of eligible costs (overheads are not an eligible cost). 
Applications including budgets must be submitted to IPAS by the 9th June. Call deadline: 15 June. DCU Contact: Fiona Brennan

SFI Science Policy Research Programme 2017
This call will provide support to academics to conduct focused research in science funding policy on the following topics:

1) Wild Card Project (must be in line with SFI stated objectives)
2) Effectiveness of Peer Review
3) Revisiting Scientific Impact: Measuring Citation Significance
4) Impact of Industry-Academic collaborations on STEM research
5) Using Patent Literature as a Measure of Innovation
Duration: 36/48 months. Award Size: Up to €700,000 direct costs. Applicants must complete the EoI form and send to for institutional sign-off by Monday 12th June. SFI EoI deadline: 16 June.

Irish Research Council (IRC) Ulysses 2017
This scheme supports new research collaborations between Irish and French researchers. Applications from early stage researchers will be welcomed. The programme offers grants of up to 2 x €2,500 to Irish and French researchers to support visits linked to mutual research projects. Deadline: 22 September. RIS contact: Katya McDonagh

CAROLINE MSCA COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowships Call 2 (pre-call announcement)
IRC is currently finalising details for the Call 2 of CAROLINE MSCA Co-funded scheme. Expected deadline for application submission is October 2017. 
RIS contact: Katya McDonagh

MSCA Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF)
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions offer the opportunity for Experienced Researchers at post-doctoral level to secure their own funding via Individual Fellowships to support their research training and career development. If you would like to host a MSCA Fellow in your school/centre, contact Katya McDonagh.   
New research staff? Please consult Research Policy Starter Packs 

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