Issue 02 - November 2014
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Research Support Newsletter 

Welcome to Issue 2 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to introduce you to the second issue of the Research Support newsletter. I hope you will find it useful, both for the news of successes within DCU and for the information about future opportunities. As always, the team in Research Support will be glad to provide you with further details on funding opportunities.
Best wishes,
Alan Harvey

DCU Research News

Prof Martin Clynes honoured with Nature Award Professor Martin Clynes, Director of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at DCU has been presented with the 2014 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science at the SFI’s 2014 Summit.  Nature hosts these annual awards to champion the importance of mentoring and inspiring a generation of young scientists.

DCU ASU Transatlantic Partnership -  Arizona State University and DCU jointly staged a special celebration event to highlight the successes realised in the last year in the areas of health technology, digital learning, water, smart cities and conflict resolution, as well as the launch of the world’s first International School of Biomedical Diagnostics and the Smart Stadium project  (between DCU, ASU, Intel and the GAA). 

DCU Researchers target EU-Japan collaboration opportunities in Tokyo - Last month, 6 staff from DCU visited Tokyo as part of a major drive to increase research collaboration with Japanese companies, research institutions and universities. The four-day visit focused on information and communications technology research. 
ERASMUS+ Research Successes - The School of Education Studies has been very successful in the recent round of Erasmus + research bids.  ERASMUS+ now has a much more significant research focus and is open to a wide range of applications. This year saw 13 bids submitted by the School and the 5 successes mark a return that is significantly better than the national average. The total research budgets for these programmes are in excess of 1.7 million euro with DCU receiving approximately 350,000 euro.

Reseach Brazil Ireland Update The DCU led RBI consortium brings together Irish third-level institutions and research centres to drive a coordinated national approach to promote research collaboration between Irish and Brazilian researchers. To date there have been over 100 funded research trips and Irish institutes have established links that have led to Science without Border's funded PhD and Postdocs coming to Ireland. Many Irish PIs are engaging with their collaborators to apply for Horizon 2020 fund: See H2020 :What's in it for Brazil. Next February the RBI will host the 1st Brazil Ireland Science week, this is a great opportunity to meet with potential Brazilian partners. Please register to express your interest in attending the conference.

DCU highlighted in IUA report regarding the success of Irish SME and Higher Education Institutes Horizon 2020 applications to date

Funder Updates

SFI have announced changes to their maternity leave policy - as of 15th November 2014, SFI invites its award holders to apply for a supplemental discretionary allowance to support their SFI funded award when either a Principal Investigator (PI) or a team member funded on an SFI award takes a period of maternity or adoptive leave.

New Cost Actions - Your opportunity to build your research network. Getting involved in COST Actions is an easy and effective way of building your research network in your area of interest. COST provides financial support for cooperation efforts of scientific groups across Europe and the coordination of these research networks called “Actions”.Many COST Actions have paved the way towards successful projects in FP7, and this will continue under Horizon 2020. The Actions engage in dissemination to policy-makers and the general public and contribute to addressing problems of global societal relevance. If you are interested in joining an Action, please follow up with your School Contact Point in RIS.

Horizon 2020 Scoping Papers for 2016-17 are now available through Research Professional. These documents give advanced insight into the potential priority areas for the next work programmes: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.

Upcoming Events

Collaborate to Innovate: Horizon 2020 ‘Opportunity and Support’ December 3rd, Dublin Castle. 
InterTradeIreland conference targeted at those interested or involved in growing their business through R&D and innovation. 

Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) Information SessionDecember 10th (12pm), DCU. Presenting the infrastructure researchers have free access to, the application process and how to access EU infrastructure for larger projects.

Societal Challenge 6 Information Session– Inclusive Innovative & Reflective Societies. December 11th, Univ. Ulster. Get the latest information on SC6 and signposting to supports as well as providing specific information and advice during scheduled one-to-one NCP meetings. Register interest by email.

Information Day on the 2015 Energy Efficiency call. December 12th, Brussels. If you are interested in the Energy Efficiency calls in the Energy work programme this is a workshop by the agency responsible. Follow the link for the programme and registration.

Erasmus Plus 2015 – Info Day. December 16th, DIT. Sessions will outline opportunities for participation in actions funded in 2015 under the Erasmus+ Programme with a particular emphasis on the new international dimension of the programme.

Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (2015-2016). A Free Interactive Information Event - January 9th, Brussels. Discover a new exciting opportunity for industry-driven innovation under Horizon 2020.

Save the date: Internet Research Ethics Seminar January 14th 2015 - DCU. Further detail to follow.


Funding Opportunities

For more funding opportunities please log on to Research Professional.

President's Research Awards 2015. Deadline - 5 January 2015. The awards recognise and encourage research excellence. Three awards of €2500 are available - two awards for academics and one for research staff. 

Health Research Board - Health Research Awards 2015. Deadline - 27 January 2015. The eligibility criteria have been amended around demonstrating a record of independence - being a co-applicant on at least one peer-reviewed research grant is now acceptable.  The internal deadline for submitting applications to IPAS is Wednesday 21st January 2015. Applicants should contact Fiona Brennan in the Research Support Office.

European Research Council Consolidator Grants. Deadline - 12 March 2015. These grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage (>7​≤ 12 years post PhD experience prior to 1 January 2015) at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway in the Research Support Office. 

CARDI (Centre for Ageing Research and Development) Leadership Call. Deadline - 30 Jan 2015. This award will fund the full-time salaries for three years of up to four Research Fellows. In collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research’s Paul Beeson Awards, CARDI is seeking top quality post-doctoral researchers for this programme which is  designed to develop outstanding leaders in ageing research. Applicants should contact Fiona Brennan in the Research Support Office.



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