Issue 25 - March 2017
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2017 Issue of the Research Support Newsletter.

Professor Michael Cronin of the CTTS at the launch of his book Eco-Translation:
Translation and Ecology in the Age of the Anthropocene, in the Irish Writers Centre.

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 the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS).   
Despite massive strides in recent years in science and technology, language and communication remains a fundamental challenge for global business and society today. The team in the Centre for Translation and Textual studies, established in 2000, is engaged in high quality, innovative and interdisciplinary research on any matter related to multimodal, multilingual and translingual communicative practices.

The CTTS vision is to be internationally and nationally recognised as a leading research institute in applied language research with a distinguished reputation specifically in the research areas of translation, interpreting, language technology, computer-aided language learning, language policy and language planning.
Read the full article on our website
March Updates 

Fraunhofer Project Centre
A joint initiative of the SFI and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will create a Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Embedded BioAnalytical Systems at DCU in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, Germany. The Centre will be funded by the SFI (€2.5M) and Fraunhofer (€2.5M). Its designated Director is Prof. Jens Ducrée. Read more

EU Success for RECAP
Congratulations to Prof. Theo Lynn and his team, whose RECAP project on optimised cloud computing systems to support the Internet of Everything has been awarded €4.6M by the EU's H2020 programme. 

DCU Ranks High in QS World University Rankings by Subject 
The 2017 QS World University Rankings by subject, which measure the quality of a university’s teaching and research by subject areas and subjects, feature DCU in the top 150 of more than 4,438 universities worldwide in the subject of Politics and International Studies. DCU was ranked in the top 250 in Communications and Media Studies, Business and Management Studies, and Modern Languages. STEM subjects featured in the top 300.  Read more.   

Athena SWAN Bronze Award
DCU has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality for women in STEM and Medicine and creating cultural change within the university. Several major funders have indicated that Athena SWAN accreditation will be a future requirement for funding. Read more.

New Gene Therapeutics for Cancer
A research group at DCU led by Dr Andrew Kellett, with Dr Niall Barron, have commenced work with UK and US partners to create new gene therapeutics for cancer. Read more

New Research Group in SALIS
A new research group, titled Applied Linguistics Research Group, has been set up in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies.The group intend to engage in the recruitment of PhD students and are interested in more collaborative research. Read more. Contact Dr. Jennifer Bruen.  

Upcoming Events

US - Fulbright Awards Info Session
30 March
Join us at 1pm on Thursday 30th March in the Seminar Room, 4th floor, DCU Invent Building, Glasnevin Campus to find out how to research, teach or study in the US or host a US citizen in DCU via the Fulbright Awards. 
Find out more. RIS contact: Helen Burke

DCU Fuse
30-31 March

Do not forget to take part in the online conversation about DCU's strategic future! Several conversations will concern research and innovation throughout Thursday, and on Friday morning. 

Funding in Humanities & Social Sciences
6 April, 2 pm

DCU Research Support Office is hosting an information session on research funding in the humanities and social sciences. We will include topics such as current funding opportunities, how to find a funding opportunity; overview of DCU processes; how to get support; how to get involved in collaborative projects, etc. Join us on the 6th of April in DCU All Hallows Campus, Purcell House (Room AHC.PG01). Register here
Contacts: Dr Katya McDonagh or Dr Nina Shiel

The Law and Politics of Brexit
20-21 April

Are you concerned about Brexit? DCU's School of Law and Government are holding a major conference on the law and politics of Brexit in the Henry Grattan Building, Glasnevin Campus. 

DCU Business Matchmaker and Research Showcase
11 May

REGISTER by 31 March. 
This is an opportunity for you to meet one-to-one with companies interested in R&D and discuss how your expertise can help them. You will be able to find industry partners, collaborators, contract research and partner with organisations to fund PhD students. The DCU Research Hubs and DCU Invent will offer advice on funding and collaboration mechanisms.
Research to Industry (R2i) Innovation Workshop 
18 May 

This workshop will provide a forum for researchers, research & development companies and research centres to present their work to industry and business attendees. The format of the workshop builds on previous initiatives, where researchers present high-impact, five-minute illustrated narratives of their research achievements.  
For technical enquiries, contact Prof. Patrick McNally. Register on Eventbrite.



Funding Opportunities 

IRC GOI & EPS Postdoctoral Internships
Two paid postdoctoral internship positions are currently open within the IRC for existing Government of Ireland and EPS Postdoctoral Fellows in the areas of a) Life Sciences and b) Physical Sciences respectively. The interns will work with the Council team on the implementation of a major new frontier research awards programme. The closing date for applications is 5pm, 3 April 2017. Find out more. RIS contact: Katya McDonagh

SFI Fellowship Programme
Science Foundation Ireland Fellowship Programme provides successful candidates with the opportunity to develop their career outside academia, enabling researchers to seek and secure career opportunities in areas such as industry, research funding and administration, public administration and Government affairs. For successful applicants, a fellowship will be offered for a period of up to 36 months. The closing date for this call is Friday, 7th April 2017. Find out more. RIS contact: Fiona Brennan.

HRB Applied Partnership Awards
The HRB invite applications to the 2017 HRB Applied Partnership Awards. This programme supports high quality applied research projects where academic researchers and knowledge users come together in a collaboration to focus on themes/questions which are determined by the needs of the Irish health and social care system. Find out more. RIS contact: Helen Burke.

SFI International Partnership Programme
The first call for proposals under the programme is in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). This Partnership will fund excellent and innovative projects in areas of relevance to both the Republic of Ireland and to the People’s Republic of China. Applicants must submit the requested preliminary information to SFI through the DCU Research Office before the deadline of Friday 19th May 2017 at 13:00 Dublin, Ireland Local time. Please contact Fiona Brennan if you are considering applying. 
Find out more.

Precall Announcement: HRB Collaborative Doctoral Awards 
HRB will be launching in April 2017 a call for applications for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-focused Research (CDA) 2018 in order to support a well-structured and mentored doctoral training. Find out more (pdf). RIS contact: Helen Burke.

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