Issue 16 - March 2016
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 16 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

In future editions of the newsletter we will be using this space to shine a spotlight on work being undertaken in the DCU research centres. If you would like your research centre to be featured here, and our the Research Support Wesbite, you can contact Lisa Marie Griffith by email

Dr Ana Terres

Director of Research Support
March Updates 

New member of the Research Support team:
We would like to welcome Dr. Jane Carrigan to the Research Support team.  Jane is based on the St. Pat’s campus and is dedicated to providing support to researchers in the Institute of Education.  Amongst other supports, she’s available to assist with the identification of funding opportunities and proposal preparation.

DCU academic involved in project to investigate ways of creating faster and cheaper internet speeds: The new collaborative project involving DCU researcher Prof Liam Barry and funded by SFI, the National Science Foundation USA (NSF) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland was announced at an event hosted by SFI to celebrate collaboration between Ireland and the US as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. For more information click here.

DCU PESTUGE Programme to host academics from Georgia: DCU will host a visit by 16 academics from Georgia in April as part of an Erasmus Plus-funded project coordinated by DCU. The three-year project, called PESTUGE, has been awarded funding of €1 million from the EU’s Erasmus Plus scheme. The universities in Georgia involved are Caucasus University, Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University, and Sokhumi State University, along with some civil society and government ministry partners. The project’s coordinator is Dr.Walt Kilroy, the Associate Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction.

New Foundations successes: DCU has been very successful in the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme 2015. Five DCU researchers have received these important awards which support collaborative research on public policy issues between higher education institutions, NGOs and local community groups and facilitate knowledge exchange beyond academia: Dr. Niamh Gaynor (Law and Government) working with Action Aid; Dr. Walt Kilroy (IICRR and Law and Government) working with Kimmage Development Studies Centre; Dr Emma Murphy (HERC and School of Computing) working with Arthritis Ireland; Dr. Debbie Ging (School of Communications and ABC centre) working with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and Mairead Cooney (School of Health and Human Performance). Congratulations to all and the best of luck with the projects!

SFI Grant Policy and information updates:
1. SFI Clinical Trial and Clinical Investigation Policy: This policy describes the circumstances under which SFI will fund clinical trials and clinical investigations including information on regulatory, ethical and other requirements. More information here.
2. SFI Policy on the Resubmission of Grant Proposals: This policy describes the procedure for the resubmission of unfunded proposals previously submitted to SFI through any funding scheme. This policy is based on recognised international best practice and is aimed at alleviating pressure on the peer review system. More information here.
3. SFI Remit – Additional Guidance for Applicants: This guidance includes additional information on SFI remit for grant applicants in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. More info here.

DCU Research Engine is the system that allows you to publish your research profile to the DCU website. The new system is now accessible for all current DCU staff members and will be made available in the coming months to incorporating staff. You can log in here. If you experience any difficulties you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page here.

NICB blog and website: NICB have updated their website. You can find all their centre news on their website blog along with a welcome from NICB director Nial Barron here.

Call For Participants: Call For Participants is an online community for researchers and participants, funded by Jisc. University staff and students can use this service for free to advertise their surveys, interviews and other research studies to the public and recruit participants. Researchers can also access other support and resources, such as webinars, guidance on communicating research to the public, ethics guidance, and case studies to support their research activities. Call For Participants is used and trusted by academic researchers from over 340 universities worldwide. To advertise a survey, interview or other research study, visit the researcher homepage and create a study page. For resources and support for researchers visit our researcher support page, and our blog.

DCU-led Newton project re-designs the future of technology enhanced learning: Large scale innovative technology-enhanced learning initiative to attract students to STEM education and improve access for students with disabilities. More information here.

The LGBT inclusivity climate of post-primary schools in Ireland: Debbie Ging of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre has received an IRC New Foundations award to build and pilot a survey tool that will measure the LGBT inclusivity climate of post-primary schools in Ireland. For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

Save the Date Notice for ‘Interdisciplinarity for Impact’ workshop: Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University are pleased to announce a one day workshop on the topic of how Interdisciplinary Research can enable researchers to achieve deeper impact for their work. The event, funded by the Irish Research Council’s, Creative Connections workshop initiative will take place on Wednesday the 1st of June from 10.00-17.30 in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

HRI Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School, Tuesday 21st June 2016: The Health Research Institute at the University of Limerick has launched its inaugural Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School which takes place at the University of Limerick on Tuesday 21st June 2016. The Summer School is designed for individuals who wish to develop their knowledge and access resources for Public and Patient Involvement in health research. For more information on the event or to register, click here.

Women and Conflict- from 1916 to the Good Friday Agreement: The Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR), Dublin City University is pleased to invite you to the conference “Women and Conflict: from 1916 to the Good Friday Agreement” on Wednesday 13th April in the Helix. The conference will bring together historians, civil society members and academics to discuss the legacy of the 1916 Rising for women and issues of women’s political engagement in conflict and in peace negotiations in Ireland and internationally. The conference will be held in the Helix, on the Glasnevin Campus of DCU. The event, free to attend, will start at 10am, with registration from 9.30am. You can register here.

Research Integrity Training Programme: The next session takes place at 3p.m. on the 6th April 2016 in Q119 (DCUBS). The content of this session is on research data management- from data management planning to ensuring compliance with data protection legislation. Supervisors and postdoctoral researchers are welcome to attend. Students should register to attend via this link

DCU Research Engine Training Session: We are running three more training sessions for those staff who could not attend school training sessions for the Research Engine. These training sessions will look at managing your profile: how to add an item to your profile, how to publish your profile to the DCU website and how to generate a CV. Staff are invited to bring along laptops and there will be someone on hand to assist with publishing profiles at the end of the session.  Training sessions will take 45-60 minutes and are available on the following dates in the following locations: Monday 4th of April at 2.00pm- CAG21, Henry Grattan, Thursday 7 of April at 11.30am- C103, Henry Grattan. You can register for these events here.

Fulbright Commission Information Session: Anyone interested in studying, teaching or conducting research in the USA should attend our Fulbright information session at 1p.m. on the 13th April (Seminar Room, Top Floor Invent Building). Registration will open shortly.

Cochrane Training 2016: The aim of the Cochrane Training Courses is to build awareness and capacity in conducting and using systematic reviews in the island of Ireland. The HRB and the HSC Research & Development Division in Northern Ireland (HSC R&D Division), in association with the Training Team of Cochrane Ireland and the UK Cochrane Centre are now seeking applications for the two-day course in systematic reviewing. Information on one-day courses will be available here later in 2016. More information here.

European Research Council Proposal Preparation Workshop (April 7, UCD): The Irish ERC National Contact Points are running an ERC training workshop on the afternoon of Thursday 7th April 2016 in UCD. This is an opportunity for both early-stage and more advanced researchers who have a serious interest in applying to the ERC to avail of expert advice from panel reviewers, current awardees, proposal preparation experts. Programme and registration details can be found here.

Examining Research Awards: The following programme, facilitated by the Graduate Studies Offices, is designed to support academic colleagues who are at the early stage of their career as research award examiners. Dates: 6th April 2016 (10am - 1pm) on the Glasnevin Campus or 24th May 2016 (10am - 1pm) on the St Patrick's Campus. There is no course fee and you can find more information here.

Project Management for Researchers and Academics: Research and Innovation Support and the Training & Development section of Human Resources are running a prohect management workshop for researchers and academics. The course runs for two days, 20th and 21st April 2016. The target audience are researchers and academics who are currently managing projects or who are likely to manage projects in the future. More information here.

EU Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation in Health Seminar- Promoting health and well-being in the young: The object of the seminar includes invitation for collaboration on a local and regional level in Horizon 2020 in the multi-disciplinary Integrated Infrastructure in the care of young people.  
Professional Studies, Restorative Justice Mediation Program, National University San Diego California. Takes place Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2, 6th April 2016, 11am - 3pm You can RSVP to
Funding Opportunities 

SFI Science Week Festivals Call 2016: Science Foundation Ireland invite applications from groups who have an interest in organising and managing a regional Science Week festival which will take place from 13 to 20 November 2016.  The purpose of this call is to provide funding for the organisation and management of regional Science Week festivals to ensure that there is a variety of events around the country for the public to attend. Full details of the call are available on SFI's website. Call close date is 5th April 2016.

Blue Labs: Innovative solutions for maritime challenges: The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ("EASME"), acting under the powers delegated by the European Commission is launching a call for proposals with a view to concluding grant agreements for projects in the field of Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges. This call is launched in accordance with the 2016 Work Programme for the Implementation of the EMFF. This action aims at promoting innovative "laboratories" to pilot new and viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities in the blue economy. Full details of the call and related documentation are available on the European Commission website.

Cochrane Fellowships 2016: The aim of the Cochrane Fellowships scheme is to build capacity on the island of Ireland in conducting systematic reviews for inclusion in the Cochrane Library. Applications are invited from individuals resident In the Island of Ireland working in the health and social care area. As this is a training fellowship, applications from those with no prior experience and/or structured training in conducting systematic reviews are encouraged to apply. Closing date: 24th May 2016. Further details available on the HRB website

2016 Cullen Fellowship Call: The Marine Institute has launched a call for proposals from academic institutions to host PhD/MSc scholars to carry out research in the areas of Ocean Science & Information Services (OSIS), Marine Environment and Food Safety Services (MEFSS) and Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services (FEAS). The Cullen Fellows will be based primarily at the Marine Institute's Headquarters in Oranmore, Galway. Proposals are invited from suitable Research Supervisors at Higher Education Institutions based on the island of Ireland with the necessary competence to host/co-supervise the PhD/MSc Fellows. Closing date: 5th April 2016. Further details available on the Marine Institute website

Wellcome Trust Career re-entry fellowships in biomedical science: Fellowships support postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a break of at least two years. Fellowships are tenable for two to four years and cover a salary, research expenses and public engagement costs, as well as modest requests for equipment and funding for retraining. Closing date: 3rd May 2016. Further details available here.

Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships: Fellowships enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Fellowships provide £250,000 over four years, covering salary and research expenses.Closing date: 3rd May 2016 Further details available here.

ICT for Ageing Well - Call for proposals on living well with dementia: The aim of this call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects with a clear route to market and added-value for the different types of end-users. A key priority underlying this challenge will be to bring together technologies and services to create ICT based solutions addressing the aspirations and challenges that will enable the wellbeing of people with dementia and their communities. Closing date: 26th May 2016 Further details available here. Please follow up with

3rd Health Programme - Call for Proposals for Projects 2016: The latest topics have now been published on the Participants Portal. These projects have a co-funding element, so if you are interested in applying you must contact Closing date: 2nd June 2016. Further details available HERE.

Irish Research Council upcoming fellowships: The Irish Research Council are pleased to advise that we have been successful in securing Marie Curie funding for a new postdoctoral Fellowship programme. We anticipate the first Call to open for applications in September 2016. The programme is entitled CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’. 50 Fellowships over two Calls are proposed. For more information see our website here

Royal Irish Academy Grants Programme: The following grant calls are now open: Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme – Deadline Tuesday 19th April 2016, Archaeology Research grants – Deadline Tuesday 19th April 2016 R.J. Hunter Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016 – Deadline Wednesday 13th April 2016. For more information see our website here.

EFSD/JDRF/Lilly European programme in type 1 diabetes research grants: These aim to promote the highest quality of basic and clinical biomedical research, expedite the practical application of scientific advances, encourage clinical translational research and increase awareness of type 1 diabetes. Grants are normally worth up to €100,000 for a minimum period of one year. Grants of up to €400,000 will be considered for clinical projects. Closing date: 1st July 2016. Further details available HERE.

Advance Notice- SFI Discover Programme Call 2016 Open April 2016: Science Foundation Ireland is pleased to advise that the SFI Discover Programme Call 2016, for education and public engagement projects to take place in 2017/2018, will be published in April 2016 which is earlier than in previous years. The closing date will be approximately eight weeks later. More information will follow in the coming weeks.


You can find the handbook and FAQ page for the new DCU Research Engine here.

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