Issue 12 - October 2015
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Welcome to issue 12 of the Research Support Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, 

Research integrity is a key area for the research community, participants in research, and the wider community who are informed by research evidence. Research integrity is about knowing and meeting your responsibilities as a researcher. It means performing research to the highest standards of professionalism, at all points of the research process – from design through to dissemination. DCU is committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of our research, as outlined in the DCU Code of Good Research Practice. Since the publication of the National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland, there has been a renewed emphasis on the need for education and training in this area.  
In order to promote best practice in responsible research behaviour, DCU currently provides online training in Research Integrity. To complement this, a Research Integrity Training Programme has been jointly developed by Research and Innovation Support and the Graduate Studies Office. Over this academic year, a number of sessions will be delivered by DCU staff with expertise in the issues surrounding research integrity. Further information on Research Integrity training is available from the Research Support website.
These sessions are open to graduate students, postdocs, research supervisors and the general research community.  The programme begins on the 17th November, and we look forward to engaging with you over the coming months.

Fiona Brennan
Research & Innovation Support

October Updates 

DCU Shaping the Future: DCU announced this month the first funding step of an ambitious €323m development programme which aims to future-proof the university’s graduates and align DCU’s research objectives with modern, global challenges. You can find out more about the programme here.

SFI Founders Forum: In recognition of DCU as the University of Enterprise, Professor Brian MacCraith and Dr Stephen Daniels were recently invited to attend Science Foundation Ireland’s Founders Forum held at Royal College of Physicians. Find out more on the research home page

Engineering scholarship success: High-performing DCU engineering student, Tessa Ronan, will be blazing a trail across the Atlantic after being awarded the prestigious 2016 Pat McMahon Master-level scholarship. Find out more here

Future Nature: Karl Grimes, School of Communications, has had his documentary exhibition project, Future Nature, acquired for permanent display by the Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin. The exhibition is based on the unique collections of embryological specimens of vertebrate species at the Hubrecht Laboratory in Utrecht and the Tornblad Institute in Lund. Fore more information see the research news page here

The Seamus Heaney Lecture Series 2015: The eighth Seamus Heaney Lecture series is devoted to the History of Education. There are 5 lectures left in the series. Lectures take place every Tuesday in November and December in the Lecture Theatre (G114) on the ground floor of the Cregan Library, St Patrick’s Campus. Find out more here.

Times Higher Education features DORAS: Theses held in DCU's open-access repository have been downloaded almost 1.4 million times. The high level of downloads attracted a piece on THE's online news. You can find the full article here.

Navigating the Research landscape, a new guide to Physics funding from the IOP, will be launched today in Dublin. You can find out more information and download the guide here.

Congratulations to Dr Paul David who has has been awarded the 2015 International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management President’s Award. Find out more here.

The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre announced their findings this month on workplace bullying. The study found that bullying in the workplace is the cause of one in ten dismissals in Ireland. Find out more here.
Upcoming Events

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 2016-2017 Webinar: The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office is offering a webinar to summarise the Calls and new aspects in the 2016-2017 Work Programme, including the new Society and Enterprise Panel within the Individual Fellowships Call. The webinar will be hosted by the NCP for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and takes place 2 November 15:00 to 16:00. To register, please email Please note that it may be up to 72 hours before you receive the confirmation email  confirming registration and information about accessing the webinar.

Innovative Medicines Call 6 launched: From 9 to 27 October 2015 IMI held webinars on each topic of the upcoming IMI2 6th Call for proposals, as well as one webinar on IMI2 rules and procedures. All webinars on the Call topics featured a presentation by the EFPIA topic coordinator. The webinars are now available here.

H2020- Information day: What Horizon 2020 calls are there for health research for the next two years? Find out this and more at an Information Day in Dublin 3 November 2015. Find out more here

Research Professional training session: Maximise your use of the Research Professional Database with RIS's Research Professional Training Session 11 Nov 2.00pm. You can register here.

Training and Development Courses November 2015: How to Access Commercialisation Funding? Invent, together with the Training & Development Section of Human Resources are providing the following training programme for researchers.  Do you have a research idea that is suitable for commercial development or do you want to learn more about how to access commercial funding?  If the answer is yes, then this course is for you! Takes place 11 November 2015 10.00 am-12.00 pm Further Details can be found here You can register here.
Funding Opportunities 

UPDATE - MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2016: Please note that details on the latest calls to open under this scheme can be found here.

Failte Ireland Applied Research Scheme- research funding for third level institutions: This scheme is suitable for applied tourism and hospitality research projects that require short-term support of up to one year. Applications must be submitted by a project manager who is a full-time member of the academic staff of a third-level institution in Ireland. Closing date is 30 October. More details here.

Update- Wellcome Trust: Please note that details on the calls across the month of November, including PhD Studentships, Investigator Awards, Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Multi-user equipment grants and bio-medical resource and technology development grants, can be found here.

Irish Aid Development Education funding call: Irish Aid provides funding to support Development Education across formal (primary and post-primary schools) and non-formal (adult, youth and community) sectors. Grants are allocated in the range of €10,000 and €200,000 for a period of one year. All proposals need to have a strong focus on development education results for the Irish public. Deadline is Thursday, 18 November. More information here

Creative Connections- Workshops to cultivate Interdisciplinary Research in Ireland: The IRC is inviting research-performing organisations (consortia) to develop innovative proposals for the design, organisation and delivery of workshops in 2016 in interdisciplinary research (IDR). The purpose of the Call is to support the embedding of interdisciplinary thinking in the Irish research system – at all levels – and stimulate opportunities for researchers to come together to progress ideas for IDR. This Call is designed to complement and add value to existing measures being undertaken individually or jointly by RPOs to develop IDR capacity. The closing date for receipt of consortium proposals from RPOs is 12pm, Friday 20th November 2015. For further information see the IRC website here.

INTERREG VA Programme:  The INTERREG Programme for 2014-2020 is one of 60 programmes across the EU designed to promote greater levels of cross-border co-operation between Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland. The 2014-2020 programming period will focus on Priority Axis 1 Research & Innovation, Priority Axis 2 Environment, Priority Axis 3 Sustainable Transport, Priority Axis 4 Health. Full details of the application process and links to register for the workshop are available on the SEUPB website. Applications to the Environment call must be received no later than 3pm on Friday 8 January 2016.

BBSRC-Science Foundation Ireland Joint Funding of Research: BBSRC will accept joint applications for responsive mode research project grants at any time (see application deadlines on BBSRC website). Current Call deadline 13 January 2016, 4pm For further information visit the SFI website

NDRC Catalyser is an early stage investment programme aimed at startups and founder teams with deep research-based know-how and technology that addresses a significant global unmet market need or problem. NDRC is offering an investment of up to €100k along with support and mentoring through a six month acceleration programme. More details here.

Irish Canada Research Exchange Programme: James M. Flaherty Program is an international exchange programme, designed to promote greater dialogue and partnership between Ireland and Canada. The call for applications in respect of the 2016 /2017 academic year will go out in the Spring of 2016, giving applicants more time to prepare their submissions. Find out more here.
You can find a guide to getting started with EU funding on our EU programmes page here

Information on our HR Strategy for Researchers can be found on the HR website here.

Don't forget- You can join our DCU researcher thematic mailing lists for updates on developments & funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 here.

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