Issue 24 - February 2017
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the February 2017 Special Research Day Edition Issue of the Research Support Newsletter

This month, we break our Research Spotlight series to focus on the annual Research Day and the President's Research Awards. Next month, keep an eye out for our feature on the Centre for Translation & Textual Studies (CTTS).  

Interim Vice-President for Research & Innovation, Professor Greg Hughes,
with Professor John T. Costello and Dr. Louise Hopper.
The annual DCU Research Day took place on Wednesday, 22 February, in the Helix. Each year, the event includes the presentation of the President's Research Awards to the winners. Additionally, this year, each faculty had the opportunity to display research highlights to the DCU community. We were particularly delighted to present research from our newest faculty, the Institute of Education. Each faculty participated by displaying posters, respectively focusing on current research projects, research centres, or Schools. Professor Greg Hughes, Interim Vice-President for Research & Innovation, presented an overview of DCU research. The Research Day keynote speech was delivered by incoming Dean of the Institute of Education, Dr. Anne Looney. 

The winners of the President's Research Awards 2017 were Professor John Costello, School of Physical Sciences (Natural Sciences, Health, Engineering and related areas), Professor Maura Conway, School of Law and Government (Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and related areas), and Dr. Louise Hopper, School of Nursing and Human Science (Research Staff). Prof. Conway joined in via a live video link from the US. 

Each winner presented an overview of their research career and their research interest, followed by a brief Q&A. For those who were unable to attend, the presentations will be soon available online.
Read the full article on our website
Prof. John Costello
2017 President's Research Award in Science and Engineering

Professor John Costello of the School of Physical Sciences received his award for world-leading contributions in the areas of basic atomic, molecular, optical and laser physics, as well as quantum technologies, demonstrating outstanding academic excellence including strong research funding, and high level global engagement. 

John's full profile on DCU website

February Updates 

DCU Ireland India Institute Secures EU Funding
Congratulations to Prof. Eileen Connolly, Director of the Ireland India Institute, for securing funding of just over €3.8 million euro as part of Marie Curie European Training Network for a four year research and training programme titled 'Global India'. Prof. Connolly is ​the lead PI and ​the project ​will be coordinated from the Ireland India Institute. 

DCU Research Centres Featured in Adjacent Government
Ten DCU research centres established in 2016 are featured in the February 2017 edition of Adjacent Government (pp. 160-163). In the article, DCU Director of Research Support, Dr. Ana Terres, highlights these research centres as vehicles for engaging with enterprise.  

DCU Institute of Education Hosts International Conference
CERME 10, the 10th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, took place at the Croke Park Convention Centre, 1–5 February. Hosted by the Institute of Education, Dublin City University, the congress was the largest conference in mathematics education to take place in Ireland to date.  



Prof. Maura Conway
2017 President's Research Award in Humanities and Social Sciences 

One of the world’s leading authorities in violent online political extremism, Professor Maura Conway of the School of Law and Government was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the field of cyberterrorism research. DCU has gained a great deal of prestige through her publications, exceptional grant income and numerous external contributions.

Maura's full profile on DCU website

Upcoming Events

1:1 Sessions on Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
9 March 2017

DCU Research Support Office and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) Irish Office will host 1:1 support clinics for DCU researchers on 9 March. The aim of these support sessions is to discuss anything related to the MSCA actions. This might include, for example, specific support for a particular call, general information on the MSCAs, review of an unsuccessful application, developing a strategy for ITN, RISE, etc.

1:1 sessions will be 30 minutes in length and will run from 10 am to 5 pm and can be booked by emailing Katya McDonagh.  

Funding Opportunities 

Wellcome Trust Seed Awards 
WT Seed Awards help researchers develop novel ideas that can go on to form part of larger grant applications.  Two calls are currently open with deadlines in March: Seed Awards in Science and Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science.
DCU contact: 



Dr. Louise Hopper
2017 President's Research Award for Research Staff

Following her PhD only three years ago, Dr. Louise Hopper, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, has established herself at the forefront of technology and health research. Her research investigates dementia from an assistive technology perspective, with regards to health systems and access to care.  

Louise's full profile on DCU website

Funding Opportunities 

MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Call 2017
The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market and non-academic sector (and vice versa). Deadline: 5 April 2017, 4 pm (Irish Time)
DCU Contact: 

RIA-RS International Exchange Cost-Share Programme 
The call for RIA-RS International Exchange Cost-Share Programme is currently open. Applications are invited for grants to facilitate research in the natural sciences between collaborating teams based in Ireland and the UK. Deadline: 7 March 2017.
DCU contact:

Irish Research Council (IRC) 2017 Indicative Call Schedule
IRC 2017 indicative call schedule by quarter is now available on IRC website
DCU Contact:   

For further opportunities, consult
Research Professional 

Did you know?
You can find presentations & resources from all our past events on our site 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.
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