Issue 23 - January 2017
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the January 2017 Issue of the Research Support Newsletter

Happy New Year to all from Research & Innovation Support! We trust that you had a refreshing break and are looking forward to the opportunities of the new year. As ever, if you need a hand with funding queries, proposal development, or any other research-related matter, we are here to help.
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Research Spotlight is a series where we shine a spotlight on the research being undertaken in DCU centres. This month we are looking at the Water Institute. 

Never was water a more relevant topic than we see today with poor sanitation issues, water scarcity, water quality and contamination as well as effects of climate change impacting people and societies in different ways across the globe. The DCU Water Institute is a technology-focused institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards more sustainable use of our water resource and a more informed water stewardship.

With over 30 Principal Investigators, DCU Water Institute is a cross-faculty initiative of research and education on water. It works with all stakeholders – a quadruple helix of academia, industry, agency and society in its research and development work. Through research and capacity building, the Water Institute develops solutions to national and global problems in water. We specialize in technology developments across science, engineering and computer science domains with strong communications focus and policy and business drivers.

Read the full spotlight profile on our website 
January Updates 

Research Portal
Have you seen the Research Portal yet? It allows people looking for expertise in DCU to locate what they need according to keywords, unit or theme, as recorded in Research Engine. 

Multiple Awards to DCU Researchers from the Irish Research Council 
Congratulations to all DCU researchers who have recently been awarded IRC funding to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities across the diversity of disciplines and sectors: 

IRC New Horizons
Dr Mark Cummins (DCUBS) and Dr Mary Pryce (Chemical Sciences) have won a New Horizons Interdisciplinary Award for project ‘A real options analysis approach to appraising CO2 recycling technology investment’. 

IRC Policy and Society 
Dr Eugenia Siapera (Communications) has been awarded a Research for Policy and Society funding for project ‘Hate-Track: tracking and analysing online racist hate speech and understanding barriers to reporting’.

IRC New Foundations 
DCU has also secured 7 IRC New Foundations awards:
Dr Brad Anderson (Theology, Philosophy & Music), Dr Garrick Allen (Theology, Philosophy & Music); Dr Geraldine Scanlon (Human Development);
Dr Gerard Moore (Nursing and Human Sciences);
Dr James Fitzgerald (Law and Government);
Dr Maria Chernyakova (Physical Sciences);
Dr Melissa Corbally (Nursing and Human Sciences)

Department of Health Funding Success
Congratulations to
Dr Veronica Lambert on securing funding from the Department of Health to develop a Framework for Patient and Public Involvement in the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee’s key processes.

Engaged Research
Campus Engage and the IRC have released their report on Engaged Research, which includes a National Framework and recommendations for facilitating engaged research between HEI’s and Society.
Read more and download the report

DCU-led Project Suggests Lifestyle is a Signficiant Factor in Cutting Dementia Risk
According to the DCU-led and EU-funded In-MINDD project, research shows that cardio-vascular health and fitness, diet, sleep and mood are all modifiable risk factors for dementia. Find out more 

Anti-Bullying Research Seminar in Qatar
In December, Dr Mairéad Foody of the Anti-Bullying Centre co-presented a research based workshop in Qatar titled “Bullying, cyberbullying and school safety: What we know and what we can do about it”? The event was funded by the Ministry of Education and Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF).



Upcoming Events

Research Ethics Committee 2017 Deadlines
If you are planning a new project or an update for your current one and need ethical approval, please consult the deadlines for the 2017 REC meetings

Researcher Development Programme –
Upcoming Courses

 DCU’s Learning and Development have upcoming courses that will be of particular interest to researchers:
Maximising your Research Profile (9th & 10th February)
Managing a Research Team, (16th February)

Research Integrity Training Programme - next session
The next session takes place at 3p.m. on the 8th Feb 2017 in Invent Seminar Room. The content of this session is on research data management- from data management planning to ensuring compliance with data protection legislation. Supervisors and postdoctoral researchers are welcome to attend. 

EU LIFE Programme Information Day
Fri 17 Feb
The EU LIFE Programme provides funding opportunities for the support of Environment, Nature Conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. The European Commission’s 2017 call for applications is due to open in mid-May, and is expected to reflect an increased emphasis on transnational projects. Find out more 

Famelab Ireland - Communicate Your Research
This competition calls for scientists to explain a scientific concept in three minutes. The top 10 entrants will go through to the Ireland National Final on 13 April 2017 at the Science Gallery, Dublin.
Find out more.  

January Updates 

Research Symposium on Digital Learning
Back in November, the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), in partnership with the Institute of Education, successfully hosted ‘The Next Generation: Digital Learning Research Symposium’. Find out more

Awards for Student Success Toolbox Project
At the end of 2016, the Student Success Toolbox Project, funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and led by Dr James Brunton, was successfully completed. The project received two prestigious international awards: Online Learning Consortium Award and IMS Global Learning Impact Award. Find out more 

Funding Opportunities 

For further opportunities, consult 
Research Professional 

SEAI call for Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) projects
Proposals should cover themes such as energy efficiency, citizen engagement and energy storage. Typical project funding under the programme is €50,000 to €200,000. Further info here
Call Deadline: 6th of Feb 2017. Contact if you are thinking of applying.
Health Research Board Opportunities 

The Health Research Board have several funding opportunities that will close in the next few weeks. Details here. DCU contact:

Update on HRB/SFI US/Ireland Partnership
The HRB and SFI have reviewed and simplified the application process for the US/Ireland Partnership Programme. The deadline for the Intent to Submit Form is 10 weeks in advance of the NIH calls, which run throughout the year. Details here. DCU contact:   

Fellowships for non-Dutch scholars in Humanities and Social Sciences 
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences are offering fellowships to enable senior scholars to carry out an individual research project for one or two semesters at the institute.Travel costs and monthly stipends worth up to €2,600 for junior fellows and up to €3,800 for senior fellows are available. 
More information here.

The ERAnet MarTERA have launched a transnational call for collaborative research projects in different areas of maritime and marine technologies. The closing date for stage 1 applications is March 30th 2017, and with full submissions to those advancing to stage 2 due 08 Sept 2017. More information here. DCU contact

Breast Cancer Now Catalyst Programme  
Expressions of Interest are sought from researchers who are interested in using Pfizer drugs alone or in combination with other agents for pre-clinical or clinical breast cancer research. Grants are available in awards of up to £400,000, or up to £1.5 million for larger studies of exceptional potential. 
Deadline: 31 March 2017. Details here. DCU contact:

January Updates 

CTTS Publication
Centre for Translation and Textual Studies are pleased to announce the publication by Routledge of Human Issues in Translation Technology, edited by Prof. Dorothy Kenny, and featuring CTTS members and adjunct members Dr. Sharon O’Brien, Dr. Joss Moorkens,
Prof. Minako O’Hagan,
Dr. Stephen Doherty
and Prof. Jenny Williams, among others.

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

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