Issue 18 - May 2016
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 18 of the Research Support Newsletter

Research Spotlight
Research Spotlight is a new series where we shine a spotlight on the research being undertaken in DCU centers. This month we are looking at the NICB (National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology). 

The vision and mission of the NICB is to provide targeted and applied solutions to challenges facing the Biopharma industry and translational medicine, utilising our unique multi-disciplinary team, our extensive clinical & industry network and our collaborative problem-solving expertise to deliver value for stakeholders, collaborators and patients. The NICB research teams investigate human and animal cells and tissues at the molecular level in order to uncover biological mechanisms and develop new treatments and diagnostics for a variety of human and animal conditions with particular emphasis on cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, ocular diseases and nutrition.
The NICB enjoys an unusually wide range of close clinical collaborations with all the major Dublin hospitals (including SVUH, Mater, St. Luke’s, Beaumont, James Connolly (Blanchardstown) and the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear hospitals) as well as the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, all of which places the NICB exceptionally well in terms of access to clinical material for research and providing expertise in disease areas such as cancer, diabetes, and ocular diseases, with a clinical trial in ocular stem cell therapy scheduled for 2016.

The future plans for the NICB are to build on our excellent record in world-class basic research, leveraging off our close interactions with industry and clinical collaborators, generating I.P./patents, high-impact publications and external revenue, thus contributing to postgraduate and undergraduate education and improving outreach activities (incl. interaction with media, schools and visitors to the University).

To read the full spotlight profile please go to our website here.
May Updates 

Last opportunity to apply for ethical approval - June 10th, 2016: Please note that the next Research Ethics Committee (REC) submission date June 10th, 2016 will be the last opportunity to apply for ethical approval before the summer break. Proposals received after this date will not be considered until the September meeting. Contact The REC will be closed during the period 9th July - 14th August 2016.  

Call for Expressions of Interest for experts to be appointed members of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA organises this call to appoint Scientific Committee members with expertise in one of the following areas as identified by the EEA Management Board:  Socio-technical systems, Socio-ecological systems, Sustainability and Data.  Interested candidates are invited to look at the full vacancy notice published on the EEA websiteCandidates must be nationals of one of the 33 EEA member countries. Deadline for applications:  Friday 10 June 2016, 12.00 CET

IMI public consultation on advanced therapies: The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), in collaboration with key stakeholders, has developed a concept paper on advanced therapies for consultation. Details including how to send comments can be found on the IMI websiteThe deadline for submitting comments is 25 July 2016.

Erasmus Plus success: Congratulations to Justin Rami from the School of Education Studies who has been successful in gaining funding from the European Commission's Erasmus Plus: Life Long learning programme. More info here

DCU helps Smart Student to develop Smart Rehabilitation Aid for MS sufferers: Lauren Murphy, DCU hackathon attendee, represented Ireland at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Arizona in May with a smart rehabilitation device that she has invented to aid multiple sclerosis sufferers. For the rest of the story see our website here.

EU funded Replay project update: Following three year’s of research the EU Funded Replay project has now honed and developed motion capture technology to record many GAA sports techniques into a library of movement. More information here.

Upcoming Events

InterTradeIreland is supporting an upcoming Horizon 2020 seminar on Transport and Clean Sky 2 on 8th June 2016 in Belfast. This event will provide advice, guidance and support to organisations seeking a greater understanding of competitive European research and innovation funding opportunities through Horizon 2020 and Clean Sky. Further details about the event are available here.

Academic Speed Reading: Training and Development are running an academic Speed reading course Friday 10th June 2016. You can find out more details and sign up for this course here.

Financial Management for National and European Research Projects: Training and  development are running a half day course on Financial Management for National and European Research Projects Monday 13th June 2016. Audience: Principal Investigators (PIs), Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researchers. Aims and Objectives of this course are to assist participants to: understand the Research project Cycle in DCU, from application to final report, understand the Principle Investigator responsibilities as a Grant Manager, be aware of common problems and issues that arise during the project life cycle from a financial and accounting perspective. Course Fee: Nil. If you would like to apply for this course, please enrol here.

Budget Preparation for Research Proposals (FP7 and Horizon 2020): Training and development are running this course 20th June 2016 (9:30 am- 1.00 pm) Audience: Principal Investigators (PI's), Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researchers
Aims and Objectives of this course are to: provide guidance to participants on budget preparation for proposals for funding to National Fund, European. Comission, or other funders such as charities or industrial sponsors, increase the understanding of the internal DCU and external DCU sponsorship in relation to budget. Course Fee: Nil. If you would like to apply for this course, please enrol here.

Funding Opportunities 

EFSD/JDRF/Lilly European programme in type 1 diabetes research grants: These grants 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. More info here. Closing date: 1st July 2016.

2016 EPA Research Call now open with a number of call topics open under the areas of Climate, Water & Green Enterprise: Further details can be found on the EPA’s website here. Deadline for submission of applications by applicants to the Climate and Water Calls, Friday 1st July 2016 (5 pm):  If you have any queries in relation to this call please contact Anne-Louise Holloway, ext 5612, in Research Support.

HRB Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Awards (DIFA) 2017: This scheme funds researchers and research teams to conduct definitive intervention trials and feasibility studies in clinical and population health research and health services research that is relevant to health priorities internationally and nationally. More info hereClosing date: 7th July 2016 at 13.00.

Innovative Medicines Initiative has launched its 9th Call for proposals: The Call text, as well as details of how to apply, can be found on the respective web page. Deadline for submitting short proposals under Call 9: Tuesday 26th July 2016.

EFDS/Lilly European diabetes research programme: This aims to support projects within any area of basic or clinical diabetes research. Grants are normally worth up to €100,000 each over one year or longer. More information here. Closing date: 1st September 2016.

H2020 Health Calls (two-stage): Stage 1 of the two-stage 2017 health calls has a deadline of the 4th October 2016 - anyone interested in applying for the following calls should contact More information on this call below:
SC1-PM-02-2017 - New concepts in patient stratification
SC1-PM-07-2017 - Promoting mental health and well-being in the young
SC1-PM-08-2017- New therapies for rare diseases
SC1-PM-10-2017 - Comparing the effectiveness of existing healthcare interventions in the adult population

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

We share research news on Twitter and LinkedIn as well.

Do you have a piece of research news or research activity that you would like to highlight for publicity? Research & Innovation Support (RIS) would like to invite staff from across the university to submit research-related news and highlights. Stories may include, but are not limited to, these topics: Research Outputs (e.g. key publication/cover articles/ key findings/reports), Funding Success, Prizes, Launch of new centres/initiatives, Commercialisation activity, Upcoming events (e.g. international conferences).You can submit your story to us by filling out this short form.
Further information regarding the supports provided by the Research Support Office are detailed on our website.

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