Issue 06 - April 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 6 of the Research Support Newsletter


Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of the Research Support Newsletter. I am pleased to have the opportunity to update you on the recent developments within the Democratic & Secure Societies Hub. Since the start of the year we’ve been busy preparing competitive proposals for a variety of EU and national funding programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus plus, HERA, IRC etc. Similarly, this spring has been busy for the Hub and the wider research support team as we are currently preparing a number of compelling H2020 Coordinator and Partner proposals for the upcoming deadline at the end of May. These are exciting projects led by inter-disciplinary teams of researchers from both HSS and STEM with active involvement of non-academic partners such as NGOs and community groups. We have also started working with DCU researchers interested in applying or the upcoming IRC’s New Horizons and SFI’s Investigators Programme calls, in particular to the inter-disciplinary stream of both programmes. We would like to encourage DCU researchers, particularly from the STEM disciplines, thinking of applying to one of these funding schemes and seeking collaborations with HSS researchers to get in touch with me and the wider research support team, to discuss their inter-disciplinary project ideas and collaboration possibilities.

John Doyle, Acting Director, Democratic and Secure Societies Hub

DCU Research News

Funding Success 
Major SFI funding announced: €30 million in funding was announced last Friday by Minister Damien English and will be delivered by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigators Programme. Congratulations to Prof Tia Keyes and Prof Richard O'Kennedy who have two major projects funded as part of this announcement.


Did you know that you can find presentations from past grant writing workshops on our website? You can find them in our previous and upcoming events section here.

Research & Innovation Support has joined Twitter. You can find us
@DUC_Research Follow us for tweets about funding calls, upcoming events, and general research news.

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

Dr. Helen Burke has taken over as the Research and Innovation Support contact for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Please feel free to contact her at or 7008003

Funder Updates

Science Foundation Ireland -  Applicant Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply to the majority of SFI programmes, applicants are required to hold a PhD or equivalent degree.  SFI has issued further guidance on applicant eligibility for those who do not hold a PhD.

Irish Humanities Alliance has made its submission to government on the new national research strategy (successor to Strategy for Science, Technology & innovation) which outlines the contribution of humanities to Ireland's international research reputation and is available for download here.

AHSS Researchers – Register your expertise 
InterTradeIreland are updating their EU Partnership Guide for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. This catalogue of experts is used by many Irish agencies and HEI's to promote Irish AHSS expertise and to assist with forming collaborations, particularly for H2020, where most calls now require AHSS involvement.  For further information please contact (ext 8003) in RIS before Thurs 7 May.

Upcoming events
DCU Research Development Programme -upcoming workshops for researchers and academics: Developing and Managing your Research Career; Project Management and Grant Writing Workshop. Further details can be found on the Research Support page here.

DCU Business Matchmaker Event - This event will facilitate targeted exchanges between our researchers and industry and explore opportunities for collaboration through access to talent, knowledge transfer, training and industry/academic partnerships-Thurs 7 May in the Helix. For further details and to register for the event please see DCU Business Matchmaker If there are any specific companies you would like to invite, or if you are interested in showcasing technology, you can email

H2020 Information sessions - Dr Jennifer Brennan (National Contact Point, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) will present an information session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, with a focus on Individual Fellowships, Wed 20 May 2015. You can book this session here. 

We will be running an SFI Investigators Programme 2015 Impact & Horizon 2020 workshop, Fri 8 May, giving practical advice on how to approach writing impact statements and the new Horizon 2020 Planning Statements. You can book this session here.

Funding Opportunities
Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme 2015- call now open. This year’s call involves a number of funding partnerships between SFI and sister agencies including: 
- Dept. Employment & Learning, NI 
- Teagasc partnership
- SFI-IRC partnership (allows the inclusion of AHSS collaborators)
Deadline Fri 26 June 2015. If you plan to apply please contact Anne-Louise Holloway (ext 5612) in RIS.

3 New Irish Research Council call scheduled to open Research for Policy & Society Programme funding for proposals that address topics identified by government departments/agencies, with a view to enabling peer-reviewed research/initiatives to underpin policy decisions. New Horizons Project Grant - starter grants - funding for basic and exploratory research for early stage AHSS researchers, particularly those interested in applying for a European Research Council grant in the medium term. New Horizons Project Grant- interdisciplinary grant– funding for AHSS and STEM researchers to collaborate to prepare for upcoming topics across Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges. Application deadlines Fri 12 June. Please contact (ext 8003) in RIS if you are interested in applying.

OECD Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Call for applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2016 has been launched. The application deadline is 10 Sept. 2015

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.
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