Issue 15 - February 2016
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 15 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

We recently passed another DCU Research Day which included the President’s Awards for Research. Congratulations to this year’s awardees: Dr Prince Anandarajah, Professor Jens Ducree and Professor Gerry McNamara. Research Day also saw the first collective appearance of the new and continuing DCU research centres. There are now 16 centres covering activities across many disciplines and addressing topics that are important for most key sectors in society. The centres will add further focus and drive to research in DCU.

All staff engaged in research should be aware of the support that is available to them. This covers finding opportunities for research funding, help in preparing bids or grant applications, advice on intellectual property, access to research equipment and infrastructure, and administrative support post-award. If you are unsure of who is the most appropriate contact person, get in touch with Ana Terres (Director of Research Support;, Richard Stokes (Director of Innovation;, or one of the directors of the Research and Enterprise Hubs: Health – Professor Christine Loscher;; ICT – Professor Noel O’Connor;; Sustainability – Dr Stephen Daniels;; Democratic Societies – Professor John Doyle;

Professor Alan Harvey
Vice-President for Research and Innovation
February Updates 

New RIS team member: We would like to welcome Dr. Nina Shiel to the Research Support team.  Nina is based on the St. Pat’s campus and is dedicated to providing support to researchers in the newly enhanced DCU Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences.  Amongst other supports, she’s available to assist with the identification of funding opportunities and proposal preparation.

New Research Support System: From Friday 26th of February at 5.00pm staff will no longer be able to edit their research profile in RSS (Genius). On Monday 7 of March the new DCU Research Engine will go live. This system will replace RSS and this down time will allow profiles to be transferred to the new system. For more information see our website here.

Patient and Public involvement in Research: If your research involves patients or members of the public you should consider becoming a member of the Irish Platform for Patients’ Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI) to be kept up to date on this area. Membership is free, for details on how to become a member please contact   

RIA Gold medal awarded to DCU academic: DCU’s Professor Alan Smeaton has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Irish Academy. For more information see the DCU news page here.

European Commission presents its evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme for Research: The European Commission has published its ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the EU's research funding programme between 2007 and 2013. The evaluation is based on a report by an independent group of high level experts, as well as the Commission's response to its recommendations published in two legal documents. For more information see the RIS website here

Wearable sensors for real-time health and sports monitoring: These sensors and monitoring can enhance outpatient care and preventative medicine. For an update on some of DCU's work to date see our research news here

The Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility website is now online. It supports policy-making in Europe by providing practical information on research and innovation policies and key indicators across the EU. The website offers quantitative and qualitative information by country, including policy documents, reports, statistics and visualisations of key indicators, as well as updates of research and innovation policy developments in Member States. More information here.

ICNP Research and Development Center: The DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences have received accreditation to establish an ICNP® Research & Development center, one of 13 ICN R&D centers globally. For more information see the DCU news here.

DCU Anti-Bullying Centre’s new survey finds digital divide between parents and children. For more information see here.

Research Integrity and Authorship Code of Practice on Authorship: The DCU Code of Practice is accessible via the website here.

Move Your MET App is a new mobile application created by TEKenable in partnership with Aviva Health, the Nutrition & Health Foundation (NHF) and Professor Niall Moyna, Head of the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University (DCU) More information here.
Upcoming Events

MSCA Evaluators from Ireland: The Irish National Contact Point for Marie Sklodowska Curie is invited to suggest Irish evaluators to the Commission for upcoming MSCA Calls. If you want to increase your chances of being selected to review, please email with the following information:
· Your Expert ID (received when you are registered as an Expert on the Participant Portal);
· Which MSCA Calls you would like to evaluate in;
· Information on which (if any) MSCA/MCA you have prior experience with. 
Closing date 31st March 2016

Public consultation on Mathematics for Horizon 2020's next Work Programme: The European Commission has launched an open consultation on Mathematics for Horizon 2020's next Work Programme, seeking to inform the future work programmes (2018-19-20) with innovative mathematical content. Two facts motivate this request: today’s digital society depends on mathematics and algorithms and the vast pool of mathematical talent in Europe. The consultation is open until 30 April 2016. More information here
48th EUCEN (European Universities Continuing Education Network) Annual Conference: 1-3 June 2016 (Glasnevin Campus) 'Crossing borders through lifelong learning: enhancing quality and equity in higher education'.
Full details at conference website here.

Time Management: How to plan your work in a busy environment: On 14 & 15 March (half day both days) Training and Development are offering a course for time management. For more information see their page here

Building Resilience: 
Resilience is not something we are necessarily born with, but we can learn it.  Training and development are offering a half day course 3 March in building resilience. Form more information and to book see their page here

Data Protection Essentials: This training course is specifically designed and intended as a guide for those who hold or handle personal information on students, staff, alumni, donors, patients and the general public. The course lasts 1.5 hours and is on 8 March. You can sign up here
Funding Opportunities 

The Google Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award: Google Research Team have recently launched the Google Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot. This pilot provides selected researchers in-kind gifts of Google IoT related technologies with the goal of fostering collaboration with the academic community on small-scale experiments, discovering what they can do with Google software and devices. Closing date for proposals is the 29 February 2016. More information here.

Breast Cancer Now - Pilot Grants: These grants allow researchers to test new hypotheses, with a view to generating preliminary data to support a full project grant application. Awards are typically 12 months in duration, with a maximum budget of £25,0000. Closing date: 4 March 2016. More information here.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships Programme for 2016 is now open for applications. There are five post-doctoral fellowships to be awarded to a value of £15,000.
The fellowships are open to female postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. The deadline is 11 March 2016. Fore more information see here.

Water and FACCE JPIs Joint Call on Water and Agriculture challenges: The Water and FACCE JPIs Joint Call on Water and Agriculture challenges is now officially launched. 25 funders from 22 countries are involved in this joint action. Please note that the closing date for pre-proposals is on 19 March 2016. More information here.

SPHeRE PhD programme: This programme provides excellent training for scholars in core health services and population health research skills. Applicants who have already secured funding for their PhD and applicants who wish to pursue the programme on a part-time basis are also welcome to apply. The programme includes a professional skills training allowance, travel funds to national training days and international conferences, and an annual stipend of €18,000 as well as a laptop computer and PhD fees. Closing date: 1 April 2016. More information here

SFI Discover Programme Science Week Festivals Call 2016 now open: The purpose of the Science Week Festivals 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. Deadline for proposal submission is 5 April 2016 at 17.00 GMT. Further information on the Science Week Festivals Call 2016 can be found here. Applicants should contact for Research Office sign off.

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund: These project grants are for innovative, high-quality studies to develop novel therapies and diagnostics. The fund looks to support research with high potential transnational impact and aimed at bringing new lab findings quickly to the clinic. The award is up to £180,000. The award can cover salary or research costs or a mixture of both. Closing date: 11 April 2016. More information on the PCRF here
Preliminary Announcement of the First ERA-HDHL Co-Funded Call: The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI-HDHL) has partnered with the European Commission to establish an ERA-Net on Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (ERA-HDHL). 17 funding agencies including SFI have joined the ERA-HDHL consortium which has developed a joint transnational call on Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health. The consortium has released a pre-announcement of this call. The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is 19 April 2016 at 16:00 CET. More information here.

BBSRC-Science Foundation Ireland Joint Funding of Research: This programme supports research applications that cut across national boundaries involving collaborative teams led by researchers from the UK and Ireland. BBSRC will accept joint applications for responsive mode research project grants. Submission deadline for applications is 11 May 2016, 4pm. For further information, please see the SFI website here.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Grand Challenges grant opportunities: Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. Current grant opportunities are available here.


You can find advice on resourcing your research projects here.

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