Issue 11 - September 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 11 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the September issue of the Research Support newsletter.  I hope you will find it interesting and helpful, both in terms of providing news of successes within DCU, as well as information about future funding and collaboration opportunities.
There are many opportunities available for engaging in cross-disciplinary research and innovation activities across DCU and the Incorporated Colleges.  The team in Research Support will be glad to provide you with further details.
Thank you to the entire DCU research community for all your work to date.  We look forward to supporting your research and collaboration initiatives during this new academic year.
Best wishes,
Regina Connolly
Deputy Vice President for Research & Innovation

September Updates 

HR Excellence: DCU has been awarded the HR Excellence accreditation by the European Commission in recognition of DCU’s commitment to providing a research environment that supports the career development of its researchers. Find out more here.

Padraig Murphy, School of Communications, achieved H2020 success with the awarding of the NUCLEUS project. Find out more here.

Horizon 2020 2016-2017 Work Programmes a number of the draft work programmes for 2016-2017 have been published and can be accessed here

Kevin Rafter, School of Communications has secured funding from the Department of Communications and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to undertake a study of election coverage in the forthcoming election. 

Leading biotechnology company Amgen and its philanthropic arm, the Amgen Foundation, have announced an innovative science education programme facilitated by the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute – the Amgen Biotech Experience.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between DCU and St. Mary’s Community Hospital which will see a close collaboration between the two organisations in terms of education and research. More details here.

Miriam Judge, School of Communications will be the coordinator of a successful Erasmus Plus project entitled MICOOL.

Researchers at the University at Buffalo, Dublin City University and Queen’s University Belfast have secured over €3.3 million to develop an enhanced treatment programme for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the world.

TouchTech Payments, a UStart spin-out company, have raised €750k with their authentication software product. You can find out more here.

Upcoming Events

EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action..) takes place on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 from 09:00 to 16:30 (IST) Ballsbridge, Ireland. You can register here

Horizon 2020 Collaborate to Innovate Conference 2015 Friday 23rd October 2015, Europa Hotel, Belfast 9.45am - 3.30pm: Get expert guidance and learn how to write successful Horizon 2020 proposals. View the Horizon 2020 Conference Agenda and register here  The conference is FREE to attend but places are limited and early registration is advisable.

H2020 Health Demographic Change and Well Being Challenge Information Day on 2016/2017 Calls will be held on Tuesday 3 November 2015  in Dublin (location TBC). Members of the Health Directorate and the ICT Directorate from the European Commission will attend. The event is free of charge. Please register your interest at the following Link to help with planning of the event.

European Security Research- the Next Wave will take place 4-6 November in Malahide. You can find out about the ESR 2015 and register here. 

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society is a multi-disciplinary forum for practitioners, engineers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, policy makers, researchers, social scientists, technologists and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences and discuss the implications of achieving the Knowledge Society around the world. It takes place 11-12 November in Dublin Castle. Find out more and reigster here. 

Humanities Research Seminar: Dr. Eugene McNulty is looking for submissions for the 2015/2016 Humanities research seminar. It takes place Wednesday afternoons on St. Patrick’s Campus. Contact Dr Eugene McNulty for further details.

Funding Opportunities 

Irish Research Council Research for Policy and Society 2015: The Online Application System (OLS) is now open for applications to the Research for Policy & Society Scheme for the following strands- Strand 4 Tusla, Strand 5 Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Strand 6.2 Higher Education Authority (Graduate Mobility & Employment). Deadline Tuesday 29 September 4pm. For more details see
here If you are applying, please contact Helen Burke (ext 8003) in Research Support.

European Research Council (ERC) has opened its Starter Grant Call for 2016: This grant offers attractive long-term funding (up to €1.5 million) to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground breaking research. Applicants must have been awarded their first PhD more than 2 years and less than 7 years prior to the 1st of January 2016. Submission deadline: 17 November 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway (ext 5612) in Research Support.

Irish Research Council have released a pre-call notification for their Post Doctoral Fellowship Scheme.  Indicative call dates are October 2015 for the call open date with an submission deadline of end November 2015.  Further information can be found
here. If you are thinking of applying, please contact Helen Burke (ext 8003) in Research Support.

SFI Industry Fellowship programme 2015:The award (up to €120,000 direct costs for a period of 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time) is designed to facilitate exchanges between academia and industry. Next deadline 3 December 2015, 1pm.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway (ext 5612) in Research Support.

Science Foundation Ireland and BBSRC have entered an agreement to support research applications involving collaborative teams led by researchers from the UK and Ireland. As the lead agency the BBSRC will accept joint applications for responsive mode research grants at any time, on behalf of both organisations. Next deadline 13 January 2016, 4pm. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway (ext 5612) in Research Support.

MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2016: Since 2006, the Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG) and the HRB have operated an innovative joint funding scheme that allows members of the MRCG to support research of particular interest to specific patient populations. This scheme provides funding for clearly defined research projects in disease areas of strategic relevance to each individual charity. MRCG/HRB awards will be up to a maximum total award value of €300,000 for projects from 12 up to 36 months.Those interested in this scheme should contact Marie Downes at the MRCGt: 01 491 2044 or at mdownes@mrcg.iew

HRB Research Training Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals 2016: The objective of this PhD fellowship programme is to provide three years’ full-time funding to health and social care professionals, who are individuals of outstanding potential, early in their research careers, who can maximise the opportunity of being supported through a customised research training programme in an environment reflecting their individual talents and training needs. For practicising clinicians, the fellowship may be held on a part-time basis for a maximum of six years. The deadline for applying is Thursday 5 November at 13.00. Further information and FAQ on the HRB website.
You can find details about the next Research Ethics Committee meeting, as well as details about the submission process, on our website here.

You can join our DCU researcher thematic mailing lists for updates on developments & funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 here.

We share research news on Twitter and LinkedIn as well.

Do you have a piece of research news or research activity that you would like to highlight for publicity? Research & Innovation Support (RIS) would like to invite staff from across the university to submit research-related news and highlights. Stories may include, but are not limited to, these topics: Research Outputs (e.g. key publication/cover articles/ key findings/reports), Funding Success, Prizes, Launch of new centres/initiatives, Commercialisation activity, Upcoming events (e.g. international conferences).You can submit your story to us by filling out this short form.
Further information regarding the supports provided by the Research Support Office are detailed on our website.
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