Issue 03 - January 2015
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Research Support Newsletter 

Welcome to Issue 3 of the Research Support Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

As the health hub is embarking on a very busy 2015 I am pleased to have the opportunity here to update you on what’s been happening. In the Lifesciences area we have spent the last number of months developing our message and our positioning in the pharma sector. We have attended two successful Biopharma conferences in Europe. Excellent contacts were made and this has resulted in several companies visiting DCU and meeting with PIs to explore research and partnering opportunities. Following our trip to Arizona State University last November our collaborations in the research areas of health for the ageing have been strengthened and we are now seeing significant results in this space. An important achievement to note is DCU’s membership of the Honeybee Project led by the Nobel Prize winner Lee Hartwell who is based at ASU. The Hubs team have also been actively engaged in helping  our researchers to build capability to partner and lead on H2020 health calls. During the coming year my aim, with your help, is to further develop and market our research capabilities in health technology and health related research areas.

If you would like to discuss any ideas or opportunities please email me and we can have a chat.

Christine Loscher

DCU Research News

2015 President's Research Award - Congratulations to Professor Andy Way, DCU School of Computing and Professor David Collings, DCU Business School, who were awarded the President's Research Award in recognition of their commitment to excellence in their respective fields of research.

A number of DCU projects on ageing research feature in the 2014 edition of A Picture of Ageing Research in Ireland, North and South, published by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI). This publication provides a snapshot of the ageing research landscape across the island of Ireland. 

DCU-ASU First Joint Delegation to Brussels - five senior delegates from DCU and ASU were in Brussels on 14-15 January to speak at the EU-US Innovation Conference as well as meet key European Commission and European innovation networks representatives. The initiative is part of the joint Horizon 2020 strategy and aims to raise the profile of the DCU-ASU partnership in Brussels.

NEW DCU Spin-out in line for Innovator Award - AmbiSense, a recent Dublin City University spin-out company has been shortlisted for the Irish Times Innovation of the Year Award. This is a fantastic achievement for this young High Potential Start-up emanating from DCU’s National Centre for Sensor Research. 

Funder Updates


A Call for Ideas in preparation for the Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials H2020 Work Programme 2016/2017 is open until 28/02/2015.  Ideas are invited in the areas of Systemic eco-innovation for a circular economy,Climate services, Nature-based solutions and Water. Click here to make your contribution.

New National Contact Point & National Delegate for Horizon 2020 SPACE - Conor Sheehan - is taking up the NCP and Delegate roles for H2020 SPACE along with European Space Agency activities.

The SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership has been extended. Since the collaboration began in 2010, it has provided more than €4 million for biomedical and clinical research in Ireland.

Science Foundation Ireland has launched its 2015 Annual plan setting out its planned calls and activities for the year ahead.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a new financing instrument with an earmarked budget of €33 billion for infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and telecom sectors. They are currently looking for independent experts in the respective fields to support the evaluation of proposals for grants submitted in response to CEF calls.



Upcoming Events

Joint SFI/IRC information webinar on European Research Council Advanced Grants. Feb 12th at 3pm.
Join this webinar to learn more about these grants which are open to senior academics from all disciplines. Register here.

First Brazil Ireland Science Week- Dublin Castle, February 23rd to 26th - will provide a platform that brings together researchers, higher education institutions, funding agencies, policy decision makers and industry leaders to discuss how to strengthen existing links between Ireland and Brazil.

The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology's workshop on “Thinking Qualitatively” will be held in Dublin on 18-19 March.

Learn more about how to use Google Apps in the Education & Research Environment  at the 1st Ireland Google in Education Summit which takes place in DCU 19-20 March 2015.

DCU’s School of Law & Government are organising a conference on “Ukraine: one year after Maidan"  taking place on 12 February 2015 in the Helix.


Funding Opportunities

For more funding opportunities please log on to Research Professional.

HRB Summer Student Scholarships are now open for applications. The awards support undergraduate student research in health or social care-related disciplines. Staff acting as sponsors should contact Fiona Brennan 
(RIS) as DCU must approve & submit applications on behalf of applicants. (IPAS  Deadline - Thur 5th Feb)

Wellcome Trust funding opportunities:
Investigator Awards New Investigator and Senior Investigator Award schemes have been combined to create one type of Investigator Award, providing all who hold established posts in eligible organisations with the same opportunity to obtain funding. Submission deadline - 20th Feb 2015
Seed Awards provide responsive, flexible funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they would be able to be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust, or another source. Submission deadline - 25th Feb 2015.

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Programme-Call 1 2015 now open. Closing date for receipt of applications by Enterprise Ireland is 5 pm, February 20th, 2015.  Please note that internal deadlines apply -contact Domingo Sanchez-Zarza (RIS) for further details.

A number of ERASMUS+ deadlines are approaching between February- April 2015. Please note that all applications require Research Office signature. Applicants should contact Yuliya Shakalisava (RIS) in advance of a submission.

The new call for COST Actions has been published. Proposals can be submitted as of February 2015. The first Collection Date will be 24 March 2015.

JPI Oceans Funding Partners announce a Joint call for proposals on micro-plastics addressing the Ecological Aspects of Micro-plastics in the Marine Environment for transnational research projects. Submission deadline 31st March 2015, 12:00 CEST.



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