Issue 08 - June 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 8 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the June edition of the Research Support Newsletter. In 2014/15, the Business Innovation Platform (BIP) piloted access to social media big data using the Datasift service. This service provides access to real-time and historic social media big data from the major social networks including Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, video sharing and blogging platforms. The goal of the BIP Social Media Big Data initiative is to support multi-disciplinary research and enable researchers across the university to access and use big data in their research. A number of researchers have used access to social media big data as the basis for internal and external collaboration with both other schools, institutions and industry. 

As well as assisting in the provision of access to the data, BIP is also available to support researchers in specifying and costing proposals for inclusion of social media datasets in their proposals. As well as continuing the initiative in 2015/16, we will be making existing data sets available to the wider DCU research community under agreed conditions. With the current internal call for Enhancing Performance 2015, this is a good opportunity for those new to big data or social media, to consider contacting BIP for support. You can contact me for further information. 

Theo Lynn, Business Innovation Platform Director  

Funding Success: 
  • DCU has had 3 successes in SFI’s Industry Fellowship Programme. Congratulations to Sean O'Duill who will be working with Pilot Photonics Ltd, Dorota Wencel who will be working with BlueBridge Technologies Ltd. and Anna Rotondo who will be carrying out work with Intel Ireland Ltd. 
  • Congratulations to our latest Irish Fulbright Awardees! Dr. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl (Fiontar) will research user experiences in MOOCs with the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Pamela Gallagher (Nursing and Human Sciences) will conduct research investigating the efficacy of an innovative web based self-management intervention to improve health and well being following limb loss.
  • Marie Curie ASSISTID Co-Fund Fellowship Awardees: Dr Ram Prasad Krishnamoorthy, working with Prof. Paul Whelan, School of Electronic Engineering. Dr Sean O'Neill, working with Dr Sinead Smyth, School of Nursing. Dr Fiachra O'Brolcháin, working with Prof. Bert Gordijn, Institute of Ethics. The ASSISTID Co-Fund provides research and training for Fellows in the area of intellectual disability and autism, with an emphasis on the use of assistive technologies.
  • Congratulations to Dr Unai Diaz and Dr Teresa Burke on the awarding of a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for Dr Diaz.  He will join Dr Burke in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences.
  • Congratulations to Dr John Lalor on his SCoTENS funding for education research. 
June Updates 

Many thanks to all who participated in our H2020 Week of events. Please note that the presentations are accessible via the RIS website. If you want to keep up-to-date on the latest EU funding opportunities in your area, please sign up to our thematic mailing lists

RIS website: We have updated our website and have provided more information on on how to tap into the new support resources in the hubs and the platforms that have been put in place to support the new research strategy and who to contact.

WELCOME to recruit Irish startups for its Silicon Valley and European roadshows: WELCOME in collaboration with the DCU Ryan Academy, is looking to recruit two tech-focused Irish startups to travel to Silicon Valley and take part in an EU roadshow, giving them an opportunity to meet investors, corporates and international media. 

Methane seepage and derived structures ubiquitous on the seabeds around the coast of Ireland: Brian Kelleher's report on his collaborative project with Geological Survey Ireland and Dr Chris Allen of QUB.

Taoiseach visits St Patrick's Drumcondra new campus development:  The new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities include a library with collaborative digital learning facilities, a new gymnasium as well as extensive teaching spaces.

Upcoming Events
EU Public Health Programme 2015 Information Day - Monday 29 June, EU House, Dawson St.
This event will give full information on the 2015 call which has recently opened. Full details of the call are available here. You can register here

ICT for Everything Day, 2nd July 2015: This event is to bring together the ICT research community in Ireland with each of the research communities from the Societal Challenges in Horizon 2020, in preparation for the forthcoming launch of the 2016-2017 work programmes. It should be of particular interest to researchers interested in submitting proposals in these areas. Please register by Friday 26 June.

IUA are running a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships proposal writing webinar 3 July and workshop 6 August. Contact Helen Burke in RIS for more info or see IUA website.

H2020 Energy Info day: The Info Days on the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ will take place on 14-15 September 2015 in Brussels. The Work Programme will be introduced on 14 September, whereas in-depth sessions on various calls of the Work Programme will be held on 15 September. Register for the Info days here

Continuing the Innovation journey throughout the lifecycle: The Fifth Biennial PharmaChemical Ireland / PDA / ISPE Conference will take place 23-24 September 2015 at Radisson Little Island Cork.

Brokerage Event in the field of Energy Technologies (separate to the above) will be organised on 16 September in Brussels. Attendance to the open days is free of charge but registration is necessary. Please register separately for this event here

11th Annual Conference: Environment Ireland 2015- Redefining Sustainability: Ireland’s major annual conference on environmental policy and management will be held 16 September 2015 at Croke Park. The conference is organised in association with the EPA and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. You can register here.
Funding Opportunities 

HSE- AP Research Awards on Ageing call is open for Expressions of Interest. Applicant deadline: 8 July 2015 (5p.m.). RIS Contact: Fiona Brennan, ext. 7816

EPA Research Call 2015 is open for applications in the areas of Climate, Water, Sustainability , Green Enterprise and Ecosystem Benefits for Health. Applicant deadline:  17 July 2015 (5pm). RIS contact:  Anne-Louise Holloway, ext 5612.

Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scientists from across the remits of the Trust's funding streams to become independent research scientists and undertake high-quality research. Applicant preliminary deadline: 17 July 2015 (5p.m.). RIS Contact: Fiona Brennan, ext. 7816.

SFI Discover Programme Call 2015 call is now open for applications for projects that support STEM education and public engagement. Call deadline 28 July 2015. Applications require DCU sign off, RIS contac:t Anne-Louise Holloway, ext 5612.

Wellcome Trust Seed Awards in Society and Ethics support research in any field of society and ethics that can enrich our understanding of health. Applicant deadline: 31 July 2015. RIS Contact: Fiona Brennan, ext. 7816. 

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

Science Foundation Ireland SIRG & CDA  2015 calls are now open - these calls support early- and mid-career researchers.  DCU is only allowed to submit 12 proposals against each category (SIRG and CDA) and therefore there will be an institutional selection process. Interested individuals who meet the call eligibility criteria are requested to complete this Expression of Interest and return by email to by Friday 14 August 2015.
You can find the research officer who fits your research on our contact page. Email and tell us about a project you are seeking funding for. 

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

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