Issue 13 - November/December 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 13 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear Colleagues, 
After almost two years of Horizon 2020, I want to reflect on the importance of engaging in European collaborations for the development of DCU. External funding for our research is necessary to facilitate what we want to do, and European links not only enhance the range and quality of our research but also can be a means to secure essential funds.
So far in Horizon 2020, staff in DCU have submitted 205 European proposals (86 as coordinator and 119 as partner). Our success rate is above the national and European average, and it is very encouraging to see the increased numbers of first-time participants who have been successful. Congratulations to all who have been successful, and better luck next time to the others.
Moving forward, the details of the calls for 2016 and 2017 are largely known, and I encourage you to look carefully at these to see if there are opportunities for you.
As I hope you know, we now have good support mechanisms to help you European applications. Through Research & Innovation Support and the Research & Enterprise Hubs, you can get help with partner identification, consortium-building, and proposal development. You can also get help in accessing state assistance for preparing Horizon 2020 bids. You can benefit from experience in the critical but often neglected sections of the applications - management, dissemination, impact..... And after you are successful, we now have specific support for the management of Horizon 2020 grants from the STEP administration team.
There will be workshops and information sessions on Horizon 2020 throughout 2016. Please attend these, or contact RIS or the Research & Enterprise Hubs directly.
I wish you good European success in the coming years.
Prof Brian MacCraith
DCU President 

November Updates 

H2020 awards and support: You can join our DCU researcher thematic mailing lists for updates on developments & funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 here.

2016 SFI  Research Centres call-advance notice: It is expected that this call will open in December 2015 with an April 2016 deadline for submission of pre-proposals. This call will be an open topic call with some emphasis on key areas. Full proposal deadline will be Q4 2016.

IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship: There was a huge response to this call with Research Support dealing with 74 prospective DCU applicants.  Results will be out in Q2 2016.  Best of luck to all who applied.

HRB Funding Successes: Congratulations to Dr. Veronica Lambert (School of Nursing and Human Sciences) who has received a Health Research Award to carry out research into Parent-adolescent communication and negotiation of self-management responsibilities for adolescents' with Type 1 Diabetes  . Veronica was also successful in obtaining a Knowledge Enhancement and Dissemination Scheme award, as were Dr. Donal O’Gorman (School of Health and Human Performance) and Prof. Pamela Gallagher (School of Nursing and Human Sciences).

Intel PhD conferred at DCU: At DCU’s recent graduation ceremony Dr Niall McGearailt, Process Control Systems Researcher at Intel received his PhD. As part of DCU’s ongoing collaboration with Intel, Niall has worked with Dr Stephen Daniels and the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology during his PhD studies. As 30-40% of processing equipment in Intel involve plasma or use plasmas to process wafers, this focused area of study brings benefits to both DCU and Intel and strengthens the  knowledge sharing link between both entities.

Huawei R&D centre: DCU were invited recently to the opening of the new Huawei R&D centre in Dublin’s IFSC. Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. officially opened the centre and the event was marked with the announcement of fifty new jobs. In recognition of our ‘Smart Stadium for Smarter Living’ initiative an invitation was extended to DCU to attend the ceremony.

IRC Horizon Grant awarded: Dr Kenneth McDonagh has won an Irish Research Council New Horizons Research Project Starter Grant of €99,178.31 to investigate how European Union Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions have impacted on gender relations in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzgovina. Read more here.

2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards: Developed in 2015 by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, the awards acknowledge and acclaim exemplary research innovation characterised by appropriate public domain metrics of excellence and impact, such as research publications, patents, trade journal editorials, awards, etc. There is a specific category for Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Centre or institute with US links.The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is 5PM (GMT) on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

HRB Research Integrity report: 
The Health Research Board has led the development of a European report, 'Research Integrity: What it Means, Why it Is Important and How we Might Protect it', which will be published today by Science Europe. It examines developments in research integrity across Europe and the US. Publication of the report will coincide with the European Competitiveness Council adoption of conclusions on Research Integrity. You can find more information here.
Upcoming Events

MSCA Innovative Training Networks webinar: In advance of the 2016 Call deadline for MSCA Innovative Training Networks (12th January 2016), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office offered a webinar to assist researchers with writing an ITN proposal. The webinar may be accessed on YouTube, or on Vimeo. The Vimeo video is of higher resolution. If you have any questions arising form the webinar please email The presentation files, a report of the questions asked and answered, and a range of supporting documents have been published on the IMSCO webpage here.
DCU Business Matchmaker 2016: Following the success of last year’s Business Matchmaker, DCU will host its second Matchmaker event on February 17th 2016. 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 to collaborate with on national and EU projects, find companies interested in accessing contract research and partner with organisations to fund PhD students. The Research Hubs and Invent will be on hand to offer advice on funding and collaboration mechanisms. Register online by December 4th here.

Training and development- Managing a research team: Contemporary research increasingly requires a team approach. Whether you are already managing your own team, looking to recruit a new team, or will be managing a team in the future, this course will offer you guidance on best practices and help you to develop your capabilities as a team leader.To book a place and for more information see here.

SCI:COM15- Science Foundation Ireland, Whipsmart Media, UCD, FHI and programme sponsors have come together to present Ireland's largest SciCom conference in Athlone on the 9th of December. We hope the day will be of interest to colleagues who work across the areas of public engagement and communicating science, technology, engineering and maths to various audiences be they public, industry or policy makers. For further information see here or contact -

Funding Opportunities 

European Social Survey- National Coordinator: The Irish Research Council invites applications for the role of the National Coordinator for Ireland’s participation in Round Eight of the European Social Survey. The deadline for receipt of applications is 17th Dec 2015, with IPAS deadline of Wed 9th Dec. See here for further details.

President's Research Award 2016: This year the President would also like to recognize the contribution of DCU research staff to the overall university effort.  The award is open to all research staff, postdoctoral researchers and others, in DCU and the linked colleges and the purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage overall research excellence. Nominees must have a research track record and profile that identifies them as future leaders in their respective fields of research. One award of €2,500 will be made and all disciplines are eligible. For further information please see the Research Support website here

IRC New Foundations: Irish Research Council launching their New Foundations scheme, which focuses on civic engagement.  The deadline is 12pm Tues 22nd Dec, with IPAS deadline of 15th Dec. Further information can be found on the IRC webpage.

Ulster University and Dublin City University are delighted to announce a new joint funding programme designed to support research collaborations between both of our academic communities. This call will support five joint research workshops. These workshops are intended to help academics at both institutions to identify complementary research strengths and explore potential funding collaborations. Proposals are invited from all fields. Further details and documentation can be found here. Final submission to the Research Support Office ( should be made by 5pm on the 11th January 2016

Irish Cancer Society Health Literacy and Cancer Research Grant: The aim of the health literacy and cancer research call is to understand what facilitates men over 40 years of age from lower socioeconomic groups to engage with the Irish Cancer Society, what are the barriers to these men engaging with the Society and how and where do they want to get cancer prevention information. Funding of up to €30,000 will be provided, for a period of up to six months.Closing date: 13th January 2016 17:00 GMT

MRCG-HRB Joint Funding Scheme - Risk Reduction for Chronic Conditions: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Diabetes Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation have come together with the aim of encouraging and jointly funding a research project focused on risk reduction for chronic conditions. Funding of up to €285,000 will be provided, for a period of up to three years. Closing date: 15th January 2016  15.00 GMT

Wellcome Trust - Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science: These enable teams to tackle major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences. Awards are normally worth up to £2 million over a maximum period of five years, with most in the range of £1-1.5 million. Closing date: 22nd January 2016 (preliminary application).

Wellcome Trust - Seed Awards: Seed Awards provide responsive, flexible funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they would be able to be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust, or another source. Seed Awards are worth up to £100,000 and are normally for up to two years. Closing date: 8th February 2016

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Programme: The first call for CF Project Support applications in 2016 will close for applicants at 5pm on February 12th.The on-line system for the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Programme CF project support grant is open for application submission here

SFI Spokes Programme 2015 Call is now open for applications: SFI will run the Spokes Programme 2015 as both a fixed and rolling call. The Spokes rolling call will remain open, with no closing date (until further notice). Proposals to the Rolling call may be submitted at any time. The deadline for proposal submission to the fixed call is 10th March 2016, 13.00 Dublin Local Time. For more information see the SFI website.
You can find details of all of our DCU internal calls, including the President's Research Awards, here
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