Issue 07 - May 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 7 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of the Research Support Newsletter. The Research Support team has been really busy with a number of initiatives that are currently ongoing or about to start: After the launch of the new set of guidelines for the establishment of new and consolidating existing Research Centers at DCU we have already commenced the review process of all existing centres, and we have opened the next call for Enhancing Performance Initiatives. We have organized an intensive H2020 Week which will be a wonderful opportunity to discover more about EU funding and have access to NCPs and training events. In the last month were also involved in the university submission for the HR excellence for researchers accreditation from EC. We are in the process of upgrading our research support systems to improve the integration of our processes with the finance office and to upgrade the capability of the researcher profiles database. Last but not least, we are also in the process of recruiting additional staff to focus on supporting our colleagues in the incorporating colleages and they should be in place in the very near future. We are looking forward to engaging with you over the summer months – may the good weather continue! 

Ana Terres, Director of Research Support 

DCU Research News
Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS): DCU researchers involved in systematic review undertaken to support the development of an Irish National Clinical Guidelines.
Sportsvantage: New Sports platform developed by DCU researchers that analyses social media to provide updates on the performance of teams.
European Space Agency: DCU researchers develop space sensors for European Space Agency 
Funding Success: 
  • Michael Courtney, Nima Eshaghi Gorji and Carlos Teixeira were awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships.
  • Anthony Staines has been successful in gaining EU Public Health Agency funding. 
  • Finbarr O'Sullivan has been funded as a partner on a successful EU Horizon 2020 grant.
  • Catherine Woods has been successful in gaining funding from the Irish Cancer Society.
May Updates 

DCU wins the US-Ireland award for Innovation: The award was made to recognize the significant contribution of the collaboration between Prof. Oliver Dolly and US company Allergan to the field of therapeutics

Business Matchmaking event held in May: On 7th May DCU held its first Business Matchmaker which was hosted by Invent at The Helix. Over 100 participants attended this brokerage event where DCU researchers met with industry in 15 minute one-to-one sessions to discuss potential areas of collaboration.

DCU has applied for HR Excellence in Research accreditation: This significant award will acknowledge the University's commitment to the European Charter and Code for Researchers. More information about the award can be found here

Update to Draft of 2016/2017 Energy Workprogramme: 
After taking into account some of the comments and recommendations from the EU member states the European Commission has provided a second draft of the H2020 Energy 2016_2017 Workprogramme. The second draft includes updated topic text and topic deadlines, it also gives the earmarked budgets per topic for both years. Download the Latest Draft of the H2020 Energy Workprogramme 2016/2017.

Environmental Researchers: register your expertise with the EPA’s Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland. This Catalogue provides an insight into Irish Companies and Research Organisations active in the field of Environmental Research. You can view and search the profiles of Irish researchers and companies and use it as a tool to find research partners.

Update to Marie Skłodowska-Curie applicant guidelines: Corrected Guide for Applicants for MSCA H2020 Individual fellowships can be found here.

Nominations sought for SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal: annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.  The medal will recognize individuals who are not only outstanding in their fields of expertise but who also have demonstrably assisted researchers in Ireland in either academia or industry. For more details see the SFI website here.

Ideal-ist Partner Searches: For up to date information on Partner Searches see the Ideal-ist website

Upcoming events

H2020 week- 8-12 June
In order to build on the DCU success in H2020 so far, RIS is running a number of H2020 information sessions from Monday 8th of June. The aim is to showcase all the different EU funding opportunities and to provide tips and advice on how to better access funding. These workshops are aimed at all levels of researcher, from those who are thinking of applying for the first time to more advanced PIs. For a full programme of events and to register visit the RIS events page.

Researcher development workshops for June: During the month of June there will be a number of development courses of interest to academic and research staff, such as a couple run by the finance office on financial and budget matters for research grants, or another organised by Communications & Marketing on Communications training to help you communicate with the media. For further details please click here

Xth World Conference in Sexuality Studies at DCU (17-20 June 2015): The tenth biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) will take place from 17 to 20 June 2015 in DCU and is entitled “Literacies and Sexualities in Cultural, Fictional, Real, and Virtual Worlds”. 

Networking Event on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Climate Action: This event will have a focus on providing a networking opportunity for researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences to get involved in collaborative proposals. Enterprise Ireland Offices, Dublin 3, 25th June 2015

DCU to host 9th Neuroscience Ireland conference: Dublin City University will host the 9th Neuroscience Ireland Conference on 1st and 2nd September, 2015. The conference, entitled ‘Frontiers in Neuroscience: Diseases and Treatments’ will headline a DCU Nobel Laureate Series Lecture on the 1st of September by Professor Thomas Südhof, shared winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013.

ICT2015: The biggest ICT event in the EU calendar is back! The European Commission, together with the Fundaçao para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Portugal bring you: ICT 2015 - Innovate, Connect, Transform, 20-22 October 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information see the Research Support website.
Funding Opportunities

Looking for a partner for your EU consortium? The research office can help via the DCU partnership with the University of Salamanca.

Marine Institute Cullen Fellowships Programme:  proposals are invited from suitable Research Supervisors at Higher Education Institutions on the island of Ireland with the necessary competence to host/co-supervise the PhD/MSc students in the area of: Integration of Marine Observations for Marine Decision Support; Strategic Marketing; GIS Decision and Plan-Making Support System. Deadline Thursday 18th June 2015 at 16:00

Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme 2015
call now open. This year’s call involves a number of funding partnerships between SFI and sister agencies including: 
- Dept. Employment & Learning, NI 
- Teagasc partnership
- SFI-IRC partnership (allows the inclusion of AHSS collaborators)
Deadline Fri 26 June 2015. If you plan to apply please contact Anne-Louise Holloway (ext 5612) in RIS.

The Human Brain FET Flagship Project: has issued a Call for Expressions of Interest. The call is currently open and will close on 3rd July 2015. Selected Projects will be funded via the European Commission grant for the next phase of the HBP (2016-2018 – see here), which should be approved in early 2016. Further details can be found here. Please contact Domingo Sánchez-Zarza (ext 8010) if you would like to discuss applying for this. 

Enhancing Performance Initiatives: The DCU internal Enhancing Performance 2015 call will be open until 31st July. Application guidelines, eligibility criteria and application form can be found on the DCU Research Support webpage.

HRB Cancer Nursing Research Project Development Grant 2016: This scheme is aimed at nurses of outstanding potential engaged in clinical practice to complete a research project development grant that proposes to impact on local and/or national care delivery in areas relevant to cancer control. Deadline: 4 September 2015. Interested applicants should contact Fiona Brennan (ext 7816).

OECD Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Call for applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2016 has been launched. The application deadline is 10 Sept. 2015

FET-Open Research projects: deadline 29th September 2015, FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions- deadline 29/9/2015. FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions -  deadline 29/9/2015

SME Instrument Phase 1 - deadlines 17/6/2015, 17/9/2015, 16/12/2015. 
SME Instrument Phase 2 - deadlines 17/6/2015, 17/9/2015, 16/12/2015 
Fast track to Innovation – deadlines 1/9/2015, 1/12/2015 
Details of all Horizon 2020 calls for proposals can be found on the participant portal
Did you know that we offer detailed information on preparing budgets four your application on our website. You can find it in the 'resourcing your project' section here

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

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