Issue 26 - April 2017
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Research Support Newsletter

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

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 CASTeL.   

CASTeL is Ireland’s largest research centre in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education with 24 PIs and 13 PhD students from across the Faculty of Science and Health and the DCU Institute of Education. CASTeL PIs are involved in conducting evidence-based research and advising on the development of innovative and effective curriculum, to advance the teaching and learning of STEM education, across the continuum from early childhood to postgraduate level. Established in 2001, CASTeL is uniquely placed to provide interdisciplinary research because of its diverse range of expertise within STEM education disciplines (Mathematics, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Digital Learning and Technology).

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April Updates 

SFI TIDA Success for DCU
Congratulations to Prof Dermot Diamond, Dr Niall Barron and Prof Andrew Way, who respectively secured the Science Foundation Ireland Technology Innovation Development Awards (TIDA) for their projects.

Congratulations to Dr Anne Parle-McDermott of the School of Biotechnology for securing funding from the joint scheme between Science Foundation Ireland and the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) Award
Congratulations to Dr Roderick Flynn of the School of Communications and the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo), who has been awarded funding from the HSE NOSP to review media guidelines on reporting of suicide and evaluate media engagement activities around these guidelines. 

2017 Engagement Awards
Congratulations to Dr Veronica Crosbie, Dr Eilish McLoughlin, Dr Brian Corcoran, PhD student Helen Concannon and DCU Media Production Society on their well-deserved President’s Awards for Engagement!

James Gallen Appointed as Expert Adviser
Dr James Gallen of the School of Law and Government has been appointed as an expert adviser to the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes, with the task of helping to identify a suitable model of transitional justice. 

DCU Researchers Seeking Information on Autism
Researchers at DCU have launched online surveys to gather data about the economic costs borne by people with autism. The surveys, co-ordinated by project leads Dr Mary Rose Sweeney and Professor Anthony Staines of the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, are part of a European project, the Autism Spectrum Disorders in the European Union (ASDEU).

Research Day Presentations Available Online
Presentations given on the President's Research Day by the three winners, Prof John Costello, Prof Maura Conway, and Dr Louise Hopper, as well as by the keynote speaker, Dr Anne Looney, have now been made available online

DCU Improves Position in Young University Rankings
DCU has risen five places to no. 74 in the Young University Rankings published by Times Higher Education. Universities featured in the Rankings are measured, among others, on their research, citations, international outlook and industry income. 

Upcoming Events

Conference on Children's Literature
28-29 April

The Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature, will be holding their biennial conference on All Hallows Campus on 28-29 April. The theme of this year's conference is "Betwixt and Between: Boundaries and Peripheries in Children's Culture.

Challenge of Climate Change for India and Europe
25 May 

DCU Ireland India Institute will host an international conference on the challenge of climate change for India and Europe on Thursday 25 May 2017 in DCU’s All Hallows campus. Find out moreRegister here



Upcoming Events

IRC Laureate Information Session
15 May 2 pm
DCU Research Support Office will host an information session on the aims of the new Irish Research Council call, eligibility criteria and the application process on Monday, the 15th of May, at 2 pm, Invent Building, Seminar Room (4th floor). Register here.   

DCU Business Matchmaker Event 
11 May 

DCU will host its third Business Matchmaker event on 11th May 2017 in The Helix. 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. DCU Invent will be on hand to offer advice on funding and collaboration mechanisms. Register here. 

Grant Writing Workshop for Researchers and Academics
18 May/8 June

Research and Innovation Support and the Learning and Development Section of Human Resources are running this course for Researchers as part of the Research Development Programme. Find out more.

Research Development Courses
Learning & Development have a number of Researcher Development courses coming up over the next few weeks. Please refer to the individual course pages for details and how to enrol. 

Debate about Experts
The Wellcome Trust invite participation in an online debate to explore the role of expertise in research, policy making and wider society, to explore whether the suggested pushback against expertise in media and politics is hindering research. The #ExpertDebate is taking place on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Info Session on Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) Funding
2 May

The OECD provides an opportunity to access funding for Research Fellowships and Conferences through its Cooperative Research Programme (CRP)Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CRP Brochure).  An info session willl be held at Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 from 11:00 – 13:00. Details from Liam Finnegan.  

Horizon 2020 SC-2 Information Week 2017
Outline information on the 2017 Horizon 2020 SC2 Info Week is now available on-line here.  Registration will open in September.  

Save the Date - 1 Day Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research
23rd May

This workshop will be delivered by experts from the University of Maryland, in association with the Research Support Office. It will cover a number of topics relating to the responsible conduct of research, including research ethics, data management, authorship and peer review. The programme is currently being finalised and registration will be opened in early May.
Funding Opportunities 

IRC Laureate Awards
The Irish Research Council (IRC) has launched its new Laureate Awards (Starter and Consolidator) 2017/18. Find out more. A recording of the webinar hosted by the Council is also available on the websiteDeadline: 29 June 2017, 4 pm. If you intend to apply, please contact Katya McDonagh.

IRC Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) 2017 
The Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme (postdoctoral level) aims to encourage links with an Enterprise Partner to award co-funded two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. Find out more.
RIS contact: Katya McDonagh

The Science Foundation Ireland have launched the TIDA scheme for 2017, inviting applications from (A) Independent Investigators and (B) Postdoctoral Researchers,  currently under competitively awarded research grants. A two-stage submission process to SFI applies, and DCU proposals at both stages are submitted to SFI by the Research Support Office. The first deadline: 19 May. Find out more. If you intend to apply, please contact David Fitzpatrick.

EPSRC/SFI Joint Progamme
EPSRC and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have entered an agreement to invite research applications involving collaborative teams led by researchers from the UK and Ireland in all areas of EPSRC’s remit. Joint applications to this programme will be accepted at any time. Find out more. DCU contact: Fiona Brennan.

HRB Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) in Patient-focused Research 2018
The Health Research Board is now inviting applications to the Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-focused Research 2018. Each CDA will provide funding with a maximum value of €1.5m for 5 years by supporting the training and the research projects of a cohort of three to five trainees for 4 years. Find out more. DCU contact: Helen Burke.

AXA Research Fund 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship 2nd Call 
The Second Campaign of the AXA Research Fund 2016-17 Postdoctoral Fellowship is now open. You can be awarded a grant for up to €130,000 for an 18 to 24 month period. It is up to the Institution to identify the best possible candidates to participate in these Post-Doctoral Fellowships campaigns. The research project must fall within the scope of the AXA Research Fund’s overall mission: to fund basic science dedicated to developing a better understanding of global risks. Deadline: 15 MayFind out more

EPA Research Calls 2017 – Advance Notice
The EPA will launch its 2017 Research Calls in May 2017 under its three Research Pillars:

The indicative call timeframe, which is subject to change, is:

  • Call Opening Date: 5th May 2017
  • Call Closing Date: 3rd July 2017
DCU Contact: Fiona Brennan

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