Issue 19 - SUMMER 2016
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer 2016 Issue 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 research centres. This month we are looking at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC ). 

Building on a 20 year legacy of research on bullying started by Prof. Mona O'Moore in 1996, the Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) was re-launched in 2014 jointly by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and the Minister for Education & Skills Ruairí Quinn TD as a National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre. ABC leads the field of research, resource development and training in bullying in Ireland and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in bullying research. The Centre's activities are currently funded under the National Action Plan on Bullying (2013), the Irish Research Council, the EU's Erasmus+ Framework Program for Education, Training, Youth and Sport and DCU Research and Innovation Support. The Centre is now one of DCU's designated research centres and is led by Dr. James O'Higgins Norman (Academic Director) and Prof. Mona O'Moore (Founding Director).

Researchers at ABC were the first in Ireland to undertake national studies on school bullying (1996), workplace bullying (1998), homophobic bullying (2003), cyberbullying (2010)  and on parental capacities and knowledge of cyberbullying (2016). In 2014, ABC hosted the first national conference on cyberbullying at Dublin Castle. The conference was attended by delegates from across Ireland and the EU including speakers from the Government of Ireland, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies as well as researchers from a number of universities. The Centre has also undertaken research on bullying and people with intellectual disabilities as part of EU funded projects.

To read the full spotlight profile please visit our website here.
Summer Updates 

New HRB Gender Policy from 1 June, the Health Research Board has a new policy in place to support gender equality in HRB funding programmes and practices. The policy commits HRB to assuming a greater national responsibility for promoting gender equality in health research. Find out more here.

Congratulations to Dr Yan Delauré, Dr Lorna Fitzsimons and Prof Fiona Regan of the DCU Water Institute on their recent EU funding success for the SALTGAE project.

CASTEL STEM teacher internship programmme designed to give teachers hands-on industry experience of working in a STEM (sci,tech,eng,maths) role, was launched on 1 June 2016. The pilot scheme was initiated by Dr Eilish McLouglin (School of Physical Sciences, CASTEL) in partnership with Accenture. 

Public Consultation on Horizon 2020 SC2 work programme 2018-20 for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry is open from 6 June till 28 August. To input into the next calls submit your views here.

Presentation to TDs and Senators This month Prof Alan Smeaton, Director of Insight@DCU, joined Prof Mark Ferguson, DG of Science Foundation Ireland, to present an overview of SFI and its activities to a cross-party delegation of TDs and Senators. The purpose of the session was to brief members of the Houses of the Oireachtas on the importance of research funding in Ireland.

Congratulations to  Prof Máirín Nic Eoin, Cregan Professor of Irish in St Patrick's College/DCU who was one of 22 distinguished scientists and academics recently enrolled in the Royal Irish Academy.

Dr Niamh Gaynor of the School of Law & Government and the IICRR has received an IRC New Foundations award to investigate community approaches to tackling gender-based violence (GBV) in Malawi.

Mapping Popular Music in Dublin: As a culmination of the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin research project by Áine Mangaoang and John O’Flynn, the first comprehensive research study on popular music in Dublin today, the Dublin Music Map and report were launched on June 10, in St Patrick’s College, DCU.

The first cornea-limbal stem cell transplant in Ireland was conducted at the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital on 7 June 2016. The procedure represented the final phase in a collaboration between researchers, scientists and clinicians in the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) in DCU, the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, which is also the National Eye Bank.

EU funded VOX-Pol project update this DCU-coordinated project has recently launched its Online Library, a new research and teaching resource, on its website. The Library currently has over 270 publications related to various aspects of violent online political extremism.

Congratulations to Peter O'Conghaile, Lydia Beuman, Mairead Foody, Houssem Chatbri, Joseph Byrne and Denys Malyshev who were all successful in securing IRC GOI Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Insight's Dr Suzanne Little. This month The Irish Times published a profile on Insight's Dr Suzanne Little, School of Computing, DCU.  The interview covered various aspects of her career - including what sparked her interest in science; her extensive research career and her work in student engagement through the Girls Hack Ireland programme. 
Upcoming Events

SFI-Royal Society University Research Fellowship info day. In advance of the 2016 RS-SFI URF call opening in July the Royal Society and Science Foundation Ireland will host an information session at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin on the 1st of July at 1.30 pm. For further details or to register visit the event page.

Proposal Preparation Training for Marie Sklodoska Curie Fellowships call 2016.  The Irish Marie Sklodoska Curie Office is offering two types of training to assist applicants to the Individual Fellowships Call 2016 (deadline 14th September 2016): 1) Webinar: a training webinar will take place at 2:30 pm on 4 July 2016. 2) Workshops: proposal writing workshops hosted in the IUA Offices in Merrion Square Dublin will take place on 4 & 10 August 2016Details on how to register for these events can be found here.

Horizon 2020 info day for SC5 ‘Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials’, Brussels, 14 September 2016. The event will give an overview of the funding opportunities due to be launched in autumn 2016 including  "Greening the Economy", "Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy", "Smart and Sustainable Cities", "Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains" and "Blue Growth". More information here . Enterprise Ireland provides financial support  for PIs to attend such meetings.

Environment Ireland - State of Ireland's environment 2016,  22 September 2016, Croke Park Conference Centre. Environment Ireland, now in its 12th year, is Ireland’s major annual conference on environmental policy and management. The conference is organised in association with the EPA and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.‌ Find out more


Funding Opportunities 

To find more funding opportunities, log on to Research Professional 

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.

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund call will close on 15th July. The programme funds the development of innovations at all stages of the commercial pipeline in the field of science and engineering to the point where they can be commercialised as new products, services and companies. Find out more.
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.

European Research Council Advanced  Grants call is open until 1 September 2016. Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.Scheme funds individuals across the disciplines: physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities.  More info here.

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 info here. Closing date: 1st September 2016.

SFI- NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Science Foundation Ireland has announced that it is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Programme which supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. Deadline: 14 September 2016. Find out more.

Opening Soon

CAROLINE postdoctoral fellowship
programme focused on UN Sustainable Development Goals. Open to all disciplines. IRC expected to open call 1st Sept 2016 with 1st Nov 2016 deadline.   Find out more
SFI Investigators Programme 2016 -  supports the development of world-class research capability and human capital in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that demonstrably support and underpin enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland. Due to open in June/July 2016 with a December 2016 closing date
SFI Career Development Award 2016- aims to support early- and mid-career researchers who already hold a salaried, independent research post and who are looking to expand their research activities in STEM areas. Due to open in July 2016 with a December 2016 closing date.
Find out more about these SFI calls here.


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