Issue 21 - October 2016
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2016 Issue of the Research Support Newsletter
Your Research Support Team

This month, we take a break from our popular Research Spotlight series in order to introduce our new Research Support team. As we become the new DCU, our team has undergone a lot of recent changes with new colleagues and new duties across the board.

Mission of the Research Support Team
"To provide professional support for research across all fields in a proactive, researcher-centric way, in order to facilitate the development and funding of research at DCU and assist in the implementation of
DCU’s research strategy."

Research and Innovation Support has undergone a lot of changes in the last few months. Some team members have left, others have joined us, responsibilities have been reallocated and as a result we have nearly a brand new team! After Prof. Alan Harvey's departure, Prof. Greg Hughes has taken the position of interim Vice President for Research and Innovation. We sadly also saw the departure of two members of the team, Yuliya Shakalisava, who is now a Marie Curie Fellow in the Netherlands, and Anne Louise Holloway who has now joined the UCD Research Office team.

Two new members have joined us, David Fitzpatrick, who has previous experience as Research Support Officer in Imperial College in the UK and also in TCD and UCD, and Ecaterina McDonagh (Katya), who was part of the research support team of the Hubs and Platforms. Finally, Jane Carrigan and Nina Shiel joined us a few months ago to support the incorporation process, and by now are fully integrated into the team. The descriptions of the new contacts point for schools, faculties and centres, as well as the rest of our profiles, can be found on our website.
October Updates 

Welcome to Interim Vice-President for Research & Innovation
We are very happy to welcome Prof. Greg Hughes, who has taken up the role of Interim Vice-President for Research and Innovation. 

Welcome to new Research Officers We wish to extend a warm welcome to Dr. David Fitzpatrick and Dr. Ecaterina (Katya) McDonagh, who have recently joined the RIS Team. 

Increased research funding in 2017 budget 
Irish Government announced increased research funding across the board in the 2017 budget. Research Professional offers a summary.   
SIRG and CDA Award Success for DCU
Congratulations to the seven DCU SFI awardees: (CDA) Dr. Prince Anandarajah and Dr. Andrew Kellet; and (SIRG) Dr. Susan Kelleher, Dr. Kevin McGuinness, Dr. Jianghui Meng, Dr. James Walsh, Dr. Naomi Walsh. Find out more. 

CTYI Coordinate Large-Scale EU Project 
Congratulations to Colm O’Reilly, CTYI, on his Erasmus + success. Colm is Coordinator of this 36 month, €370k project focused on the “Development of an Online Programme for Teachers of Gifted Students in Regular Classrooms”.

Institute of Education secures COGG funding
Congratulations to Pádraig Ó Duibhir and Gerry Shiel on securing €75k of funding from Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta for 2 years of research on the “Achievement and Attitudes of Students in all-Irish schools with DEIS status.

EQI Coordination Success of Large-Scale Erasmus+ Project
Congratulations to Martin Brown, EQI/School of Policy and Practice, Coordinator of the newly awarded €300k Erasmus+ project “Aiding Culturally Responsive Assessment in Schools”, which will run for 36 months. 

4 year project funded by COGG
Congratulations to Pádraig Ó Duibhir and Joe Travers on securing €84k from Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta for a 4 year research project on “Support for Children with Learning Difficulties / Disabilities in Irish Immersion Settings”.

Mental Health Nursing Project Success
Congratulations to Liam MacGabhann and Siobhan Russell, Nursing and Human Sciences, who are partners on the €200k Erasmus+ project “Co-Produced Mental Health Nursing”, which has been awarded and will run for 24 months.

Upcoming Events

Research Integrity Training Programme
Commences 17th Nov 2016

Research integrity is a key component in the induction of research students, postdocs and research supervisors and the following information sessions are run on an annual basis. Attendance at these sessions, along with completion of DCU's online Research Integrity module, will ensure research students have a good working knowledge of the various aspects of research integrity. This programme has been jointly developed by Research and Innovation Support and the Graduate Studies Office. Find out more

NET4SOCIETY brokerage event
14 November 2016

The network of SSH NCPs, NET4SOCIETY, is organising an event for researchers interested in applying to the 2017 call of Societal Challenge 6. Researchers will be able to organise pre-arranged meetings with others to identify possible collaborators and to facilitate the setup of project consortia. A preceding information session will focus on the policy context, funding opportunities and the open call for proposals. Find out more.  

MSCA Innovative Training Networks 2017 Webinar
17 November 
Applying to the MSCA ITN 2017 Call or just want to know more about the programme? This webinar will introduce the fundamentals of Innovative Training Networks and the supports offered by the Irish Marie Sklodowska-Curie Office. The webinar will take place on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 100. Register here

DCU Research Infrastructure Workshop and Seminar Series 
Discover the capabilities of new and existing equipment available to you in the NRF and around the campus. The next one is taking place at the NRF, on the 6th and 7th of December, about STED microscopy with Leica application engineer Paul McCormick. For further information and registration, please visit the DCU Infrastructure pages.

October Updates

H2020 Consultation - Have Your Say
A public stakeholder consultation in the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 has been launched. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme. The consultation will be open until 15 January 2017.

Launch of Interdisciplinary Report
Minister of State, John Halligan, launched the ‘Interdisciplinarity for Impact’ Report in TCD on Oct 27th.  The report, detailing a set of recommendations to foster Interdisciplinary Research, was produced following a workshop co-hosted by TCD and DCU, after securing an IRC Creative Connections award.

Policy for Research and Education Using Animals
DCU Policy on the Use of Animals for Scientific or Educational Purposes has been approved. The University favours the full replacement of the use of live animals for scientific and educational purposes as soon as it is scientifically possible to do so, and to that end it seeks to facilitate and promote the advancement of alternative approaches.
Meanwhile this policy sets out to ensure a high level of protection for animals deemed necessary for such purposes. Read this policy here.  

Funding Opportunities 

For further opportunities, consult Research Professional 

IRC CAROLINE MSCA COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowships
This programme will provide researchers with an opportunity to obtain a prestigious Fellowship focused on research mobility and career development. 
Deadline: 30 November 2017.
RIS Contact: 
More info

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
This scheme is intended to support suitably qualified applicants at an early stage of their postdoctoral career. These Fellowships can be held for either one or two years. Deadline: 30 November 2017. RIS Contact: 
More info

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science
Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. Wellcome fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. Deadline: Thursday 17th November 2016. RIS Contact: 
More info 

Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards in Science
Investigator Awards in Science offer flexible funding support to researchers at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to the Wellcome Trust’s scientific remit.
Deadline: Monday 21st November 2016. RIS Contact:
More info

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) Calls 2016
The HIHI is now seeking applications under two Calls
1) Innovation Into Healthcare Call 2016; and 2) Innovation Out of Healthcare Call 2016.
Deadline - Friday 18th November 2016 at 17.00. RIS Contact: More info

Breast Cancer Now Project Grants
Breast Cancer Now invite project grant applications from researchers with a strong track record in their field and interest in one of their priority areas: risk and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer. Project grants are available in awards of up to £200,000. Deadline: Friday 2nd December 2016. RIS Contact: More info

National Children’s Hospital Foundation / Health Research Board Funding Scheme 2017
This call will support three projects funded by the National Children’s Hospital Foundation. Each award will be up to a maximum value of €300,000 for projects from 24 up to 36 months.
Deadline: Monday 5th December 2016 at 13:00. RIS Contact: More info
COST Deadline Extended
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) has extended the closing date for proposals for its action programme. The previous deadline of 1 December has been extended to 7 December 2016.

SFI Industry Fellowship 2016
Fellowships can be for between 1 and 12 months in duration if full time or for up to 24 months if part time. The maximum Industry Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs. Deadline: Friday 2nd December 2016 at 13.00. RIS Contact:
More info

Did you know?
You can find presentations & resources from all our past events on our site 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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