Issue 04 - February 2015
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Research Support Newsletter 

Welcome to Issue 4 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,
Thanks to a great response from the academic community we are delighted to be working with many of you on proposals for the upcoming H2020 calls in April and May across many EU programmes  including ICT, Health, Security and Reflective Societies. By working closely with Invent we have also had an impressive number of what I consider to be compelling and competitive submissions to the recent Enterprise Ireland (EI) Commercialisation Fund deadline. For me, the most exciting aspect of both these sets of activities is that we have a healthy number of multi-disciplinary proposals that bring together researchers from very different domains of expertise right across the campus. In other news, the DCU-ASU Smart Stadium project has now kicked off and there are many projects getting underway. There will be many more opportunities coming on stream in the near future in this area for the entire research community as we progress this strategic initiative. We will keep you updated and will proactively be in touch with many of you over the coming months as these opportunities mature. I’d like to thank the academic community for your support to date and encourage anyone who would like to discuss their research plans to get in touch with the Hubs team. In particular, if you are planning to coordinate or be a partner in any upcoming H2020 calls please contact us so we can offer the appropriate support in any area you might need. Similarly, if you think there is a commercial opportunity for  your research or you would like some advice on potential industry collaboration please come and talk to us. We are located in Room N113 in the Marconi (N) building, so please drop in to us at any stage, or feel free to email me directly:

Noel O' Connor
, Director, Information Technology and the Digital Society Hub

DCU Research News

Inaugural Brazil-Ireland Science week- Over 350 researchers from Brazil and Ireland gathered at Dublin Castle this week for the inaugural Brazil-Ireland Science Week which was organised by DCU. More than 80 senior researchers travelled directly from Brazil. At the opening event in the Portrait Gallery in Dublin Castle Sergio Gargioni, President of the Brazilian funding agency Confap, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, ensuring ongoing scientific collaboration between researchers from Brazil and Ireland. For more details see our research news page here.
Funding success- congratulations to DCU researchers who were recently successful in obtaining travel grants from different funding agencies:

Ulysses funded by IRC & French Embassy: Dr. Francoise Blin (SALIS), Dr. Lampros Nikolopoulos (Physical Sciences), Dr. Tong Shao (Electronic Engineering)

Royal Irish Academy Charelmont Grants: Dr Diarmuid Torney (Law & Government), Dr Erica Hennessy (NICB), Dr Alanna Maguire (NICB), Dr Silvia Tedesco (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering).
IRC New Foundations AwardsDr. Timothy Sullivan (Chemical Sciences)

DCU Scientists develop blood test that will speed bowel cancer detection - Researchers in the BDI have developed a breakthrough in blood tests in the treatment of bowel cancer raising hope they could lead to improved treatment and earlier diagnosis of the disease.

Funder Updates

Keep informed on EU funding opportunities - join the Horizon 2020 mailing lists. As the H2020 draft work programmes for 2016/17 begin to filter out, we want to keep researchers informed of developments and opportunities in their areas of interest. In order to do so, we are looking to update our H2020 thematic mailing lists. If you wish to be included on these lists, please click here and select your area/areas of interest.


Advance notice of SFI Iinvestigators Programme 2015- SFI has provided advance notice of the SFI Investigators Programme (IvP) 2015. Applications must align with SFI's legal remit, and will be required to demonstrate a clear relevance to, and alignment with, topics that are encompassed by the Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges pillars of Horizon 2020. The call with launch in late March 2015 with a deadline in late June 2015. Internal deadlines will apply further details below once the call is open.

Upcoming Events

Horizon 2020 Energy workshop - 12-2 pm, 4 March 2015, SEAI offices. A draft of the 2016/2017 Energy workprogramme is expected by the end of February. In order to collect feedback the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland plans to hold a workshop to on Wed 4 March @ 12pm at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, D2. An outline of anticipated Energy calls is available here.

H2020 Information Session on: Fast Track to Innovation Programme, EUREKA Programme & SME Instrument from Sean Burke (Enterprise Ireland)- Thursday 5th March @ 1pm, Seminar Room, Ground Floor, National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology, DCU.  

This session is open to all staff. Please feel free to invite any industry partners that already or potentially could collaborate with DCU. Click here to register.  Please contact with any queries.

Net futures - 25-26 March 2015, Brussels, This conference will gather over 700 attendees, to form an interconnected community involving companies, organizations and people in Research & Innovation, Market Validation & Living Lab Research, Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Strategy & Policy Making.

Cochrane UK & Ireland Symposium 23-24 April 2015, Convention Centre Dublin. There are several hands-on workshops and masterclasses on systematic reviewing included. The conference is being co-organised by Cochrane Ireland, which is based at DCU.

Funding Opportunities

For more funding opportunities please log on to Research Professional.

L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships - recognise the achievements and contributions of exceptional females researchers (at post-doctoral level) across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research. The 2015 UK&I Fellowships will open on 2 February 2015. Applications close: Friday 13 March.

European Research Council Advanced  Grants- The ERC Advanced Grants programme is now open. These grants support excellent PIs who are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. The call will fund individuals from the physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities.  Deadline for applications: 2 June 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway in the Research Support Office.

Call pre-announcement: WATER JPI ERA-NET cofund 'Waterworks 2014' call for transnational collaborative research projects. TOPIC: Research and Innovation Developing Technological Solutions and Services for Water Systems. The call is expected to open on 02 Mar 2015 with a closing date for pre-proposals on 04 May 2015.



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