Issue 10 - August 2015
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to issue 10 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the August edition of the Research Support Newsletter. Over the past academic year the Societal Impact Platform (SIP) has been providing support to the DCU research community in three key areas. Firstly, it evaluated and advised DCU researchers on potential contribution that their research can make to society, and the resources required to maximise such research impact. In the first half of 2015 SIP assisted with 5 H2020 research proposals and 14 proposals to national funders such as IRC and SFI focusing on either review or drafting of the Impact section of the proposals. Secondly, SIP continued to encourage and foster inter-disciplinary research, particularly linking AHSS to STEM disciplines, within DCU, and between DCU and external academic and non-academic partners. Through close collaboration with RIS, SIP assisted and reviewed 13 proposals to the recent IRC New Horizons call, Strand 2 (Interdisciplinary). Thirdly, SIP continued its activities to increase public engagement with DCU research and innovation as well as to consult on protocols and outputs related to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). New partnerships with Civil Society Organisations have been established, and SIP has also participated in a number of policy-related research and engagement initiatives on how to effectively integrate RRI into the research and innovation process in Ireland. These initiatives include 1) a policy submission to SFI on future Irish RRI policy; 2) the ongoing Community Knowledge Exchange initiative facilitating community-based research at DCU, supported by Campus Engage; 3) collaboration with Arizona State University on public perceptions of water management, safety and justice; and 4) a new 4 million euro Horizon 2020 project called NUCLEUS, in which DCU is a principal partner, sharing and implementing best practice for embedding RRI into research institutions.

As well as continuing these activities in 2015-16, SIP is also in the process of developing support materials and resources on RRI integration in DCU research. These include an RRI toolkit for DCU researchers to use during project design and implementation stages and developing (in close cooperation with RIS) of a training programme on research integrity combined with RRI. For further information about SIP and how it can help your research project, please visit the research support page here.

Dr Padraig Murphy
Director of the Societal Impact Platform 
August Updates 

SFI  Spokes Programme Update: The Fixed and Rolling Call Programmes will remain available to researchers as mechanisms to add new partners to SFI-funded Centres. SFI are adjusting their guidelines for spokes applications-including increasing the industry cash share from 10% to 30% for the fixed spokes call - full details will be available in  the updated call documentation due for launch in Q4 2015 with a deadline in Q1 2016 for the Fixed Call. You can find more details here.

Wellcome Trust reviewers: The Wellcome Trust is currently seeking people to sit on their peer-review panels. Closing date for applications is 9 September 2015. You can find more information about this on the Wellcome Trust website

DCU to host DRHA 2015 conference: Dublin City University will welcome colleagues from all over the world on 1st – 3rd September for the annual Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference ‘DRHA Dublin 2015 – Digital World. Digital Responses’.  Click here for the full programme. 

Mapping Popular Music in Dublin is seeking volunteers to complete a survey for their research. You can find out more about the project here

ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology at Dublin City University and nine other European partners have won €3 million funding for a three year three-year TraMOOC project that will provide reliable machine translation for MOOCs. For more information click here

Upcoming Events

Neuroscience Ireland Conference which is being held in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences on the 1st and 2nd September. Those interested in attending can register here.

The Irish Society of Human Genetics (ISHG) Annual Scientific Meeting takes place in DCU Friday 4 September, 2015. For more information and registration details see the the Research website here

SFI Early Career Researcher Forum and SFI Industry Fellowship Programme event will be held Friday 4 September in Dublin. The event will outline career paths available to early career researchers and relevant programmes as well as a partnering event between researchers and industry representatives who are interested in participating in the SFI Industry Fellowship programme. For further information available here.

H2020 Health Demographic Change and Well Being Challenge Information Day on 2016/2017 Calls will be held on Tuesday 3 November 2015 Dublin location (TBC). Members of the Health Directorate and the ICT Directorate from the European Commission will attend. The event is free of charge. Please register your interest at the following Link to help with planning of the event.

Funding Opportunities 

Irish Research Council's Research for Policy & Society 2015 Call 2 is now open. Applications are invited in the areas of: Strand 4 Tulsa, Strand 5 Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs, and Stand 6.2 Higher Education Authority (Graduate mobility and employment). Application deadline 29 September 2015. Full details on each strand can be found under IRC's Terms and Conditions. RIS contact: Helen Burke, ext 8003.

'Competitive North South Partnerships for Horizon 2020’ pilot programme: Attention all who have been part of a North South partnership which has already participated in H2020, either successfully or unsuccessfully. As part of a new pilot programme ‘Competitive North South Partnerships for Horizon 2020’, North South applicants will be provided with expert advice to encourage a return to H2020 to extend their partnership. It is expected that this activity will increase the resubmission rates to H2020. InterTradeIreland has appointed Dr Conor O’Carroll to deliver the programme. For further details email here.

European Research Council (ERC) has opened its Starter Grant Call for 2016: This grant offers attractive long-term funding (up to €1.5 million) to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground breaking research. Applicants must have been awarded their first PhD more than 2 years and less than 7 years prior to the 1st of January 2016. Submission deadline: 17 November 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne-Louise Holloway (ext 5612) in Research Support.
You can find a guide to getting started with European funding on our homepage under EU programmes. Email and tell us about a project you are seeking funding for. 

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

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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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