Issue 05 - March 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 5 of the Research Support Newsletter


Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the March 2015 edition of the Research Support Newsletter. As Academic Director of the Sustainable Economies and Societies Research and Enterprise Hub I’m delighted to share some thoughts with you. The Hubs are fully resourced since October last year and we have been busy supporting the DCU research community in the development of their research plans and promoting the DCU research community to external stakeholders. We are continuing to learn how best to add value and we are set up to be able to rapidly adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented to DCU researchers. Regardless of where you are in your research career, we want to help as much as we can with developing your research strategy, your research proposals, and assisting you with developing your networks external to the university, in particular with the enterprise sector.

Our Business Matchmaker event on 7 May will be a great opportunity for many of our PIs and senior Postdocs to form external industry links and I would urge you to take part. Within the ‘Sustainability’ hub we have several initiatives we are progressing in areas such as manufacturing and materials, environment, water, energy, and design and we hope to develop other areas in the coming year. I’m particularly interested in helping to support cross faculty initiatives centered in DCU which will significantly contribute to our core values of academic excellence and delivering societal and economic impact. If you have ideas or suggestions for how we can further develop and add value to you and your colleagues please let us know. I’m planning to organise regular coffee mornings to support the development of communities of researchers in areas relevant to the sustainability hub.


Stephen Daniels,  Director Sustainable Economies and Societies Hub

DCU Research News

Biogeological evidence may solve the age-old question of Hannibal’s invasion of Italy - DCU researchers have been collaborating with a panel of international scientists to discover the exact alpine route Hannibal of Carthage. Classicists have argued about the route for over two millennia but after assessing geochemical biomarkers scientists can put this argument to rest. 
Funding Success - DCU was successful in the last round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships. Dr. Komal Bagga will continue her work  with Prof. Dermot Brabazon on a new project "Cervical cancer detection platform based on novel laser processing". Dr. Scott Kimmins will join the group of Dr. Andreas Heise to work on the project "Macroporous Polymer Monoliths as a Low-Cost Bioanalytical Platform for Biopharmaceutical Glycoprotein".

Funder Updates

Changes to the Enterprise Ireland H2020 coordinator support applications - Please note the following changes to the application form:
1. If an applicant has had previous EI support for EU applications, then they must provide the evaluation summary scores associated with those applications.
2. The applicant MUST contact the relevant national contact point in advance of submitting the application & quote their name and the date contacted in the submission to EI.

Irish Experts WantedThe Irish Marie-Slodowska Curie office is permitted to suggest suitable experts from Ireland to evaluate in MSCA Calls. If you would be interested in doing so, please send an email to by 31st March 2015 with the following information: Name and organisation; Email address; Your Expert Number – if you have not yet registered as an Expert, you can do so here; Which of the MSCA Calls you would be interested in evaluating; Which, if any of the MSCA you have prior experience of participating or evaluating in.

Keep informed on EU funding opportunities - join our Horizon 2020 mailing lists. As the H2020 draft work programmes for 2016/17 begin to filter out, we want to keep researchers informed of developments and opportunities in their areas of interest. In order to do so, we are looking to update our H2020 thematic mailing lists. If you wish to be included on these lists, please click here and select your area/areas of interest. 


Upcoming events

Research Professional Online Training Session- Thursday 16 April at 10.30. Research Professional is an online platform offering a comprehensive database of current research funding opportunities and research policy and practice news. This 1 hour training session will provide further information about the capabilities of the database and how to maximise funding searches and set policy news updates. The session will also cover the creation and management of shared funding searches, magazines and workgroups. Click here to register

DCU Business Matchmaker Event- Thursday 7 May in the Helix. This event will facilitate targeted exchanges between our researchers and industry and explore opportunities for collaboration through access to talent, knowledge transfer,training and industry/academic partnerships. Researchers can meet with companies interested in R&D in one-to-one slots of fifteen minute. For further details and to register for the event please see DCU Business Matchmaker If there are any specific companies you would like to invite, or if you are interested in showcasing technology, you can email

Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) Dublin 2015. DRHA takes place 30 August - 2 September 2015 and is being held by DCU Library in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland the Digital Arts and Humanities Institute, RIA. Submissions are being sought from all interested communities and individuals, especially where interdisciplinary or cross-sectoral work is taking place to engage with the ‘grand challenges’ set for DRHA Dublin 2015: Resolving Conflict, Cultural Freedom, Urban Living , Climate Change and Healthy Societies.

Funding Opportunities

For more funding opportunities please log on to Research Professional.

EU Joint Programming- JPI HDHL Intestinal Microbiomics Call- now open for proposals that will use innovative approaches to increase our knowledge of the effects of diet on human intestinal microbiota & the functional impact of diet-related variations in the intestinal microbiota on human health. This action will support multidisciplinary transnational research consortia for a period of 3 years. The submission deadline for pre-proposals is 16:00 CET on 28 April 2015.

SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Award Programme 2015 The scheme seeks to enable eligible academic biomedical investigators to combine cutting-edge biology with Pfizer's drug discovery and development platforms and expertise. Deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 13:00 30 April 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway in the Research Support Office.

French Research exchange for junior and senior researchers - The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche has issued a call for candidates for its Hosting High-Level Researchers programme. This funding instrument is open to all scientific fields and enables "junior" or "senior" researchers from any country to carry out an ambitious research project in a reputed institution in France. The closing date for this call for applications is scheduled for 29 May 2015.

Health Research Board - Cochrane Fellowships 2015 - The aim of the Cochrane Fellowships scheme is to build capacity on the island of Ireland in conducting systematic reviews for inclusion in the Cochrane Library. Applications are invited from individuals resident in the Island of Ireland working in the health and social care area. As this is a training fellowship, applications from those with no prior experience and/or structured training in conducting systematic reviews are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship provides the Fellow with protected time of up to two days per week for up to two years to conduct their review. The award covers systematic review training costs, salary-related costs and research expenses. The call is open now with the deadline 4 June 2015.

Breast Cancer Campaign Grants Project grants - Awards of up to £200,000 over three years to fund pioneering breast cancer research. Breast Cancer Campaign are committed to supporting young investigators in breast cancer research and encourage applications from talented new postdoctoral researchers.  PhD studentship grants - Awards of up to £90,000 for three years. PhD studentships are designed to capture new and highly qualified science graduates into a career in breast cancer research. Both calls are open with the deadline 1 July 2015.

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) -  European Research Programme in Microvascular Complications of Diabetes with the financial support of Novartis Pharma AG This programme is intended to stimulate and accelerate European basic and clinical research focusing on microvascular complications of diabetes. Applications are open to single non-profit institutions or groups of such institutions from Europe and associated countries. The principal investigator and any co-investigators must be normally employed at a non-profit institution and the study must be performed at their place of work. Projects involving clinical trials will not be considered. Grants are worth up to €100,000 for hypothesis driven basic and clinical intervention projects. The call is open now with the deadline 15 July 2015.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships - These are an excellent opportunity for researchers of any age, nationality or discipline to obtain and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. The call is open now with the deadline 10 September 2015.
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