Issue 17 - April 2016
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Welcome to issue 17 of the Research Support Newsletter
Research Spotlight: Centre for Family Business

Now in its third year, the DCU Centre for Family Business has made huge strides in terms of research, engages continuously with the family business community, and builds on key relationships with renowned universities and scholars affiliated to the family business field. In 2015, the CFB ran eight events, including a four event roadshow in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Addressing almost 200 family business members nationwide, Professor Ken Moores explained what professionalization is and why it’s important for business growth and survival.  

In terms of research, the CFB gained two international academic journal publications, a Best Paper Award at the Irish Academy of Management Conference 2015, received four visiting professors and gained a new Ph.D scholar. Our research plans for 2016 is to continue with high quality, publishable research outputs. In Spring 2016, we will launch our specially commissioned report for Fingal County Council on multi-generational family businesses in the Fingal area. We will continue to submit to conferences and journals renowned in the fields of entrepreneurship and management. We are also aiming to grow our research team by welcoming new Ph.D students, associate professors, among others. 

To read the full spotlight profile please go to our website here.
April Updates 

DCU Research Engine: Thank you to all staff who have taken the time to log in to the new DCU Research Engine. You can find our FAQ page and user manual on our homepage here. We will be available in throughout the pre-exam period to assist researchers who are building and publishing their research profile. Most queries to date have related to publishing profiles. You can find assistance with this in our FAQ page in the section 'Getting Started'.

National E-porfolio project evaluation: The Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI) has been asked by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) to evaluate their National E-portfolio project. The project will be coordinated by Prof Joe O’Hara Dr. Martin Brown, Prof. Gerry McNamara and Dr. Shivaun O’Brien. For more information see here.
School of Nursing and Human Sciences funding success: Congratulations to Dr. Anne Matthews and Prof. Pamela Gallagher, who have recently been awarded research funding. Anne has received HSE funding to look at health service reform, while Pamela is funded by the Irish Cancer Society to examine quality of life needs of Irish metastatic breast cancer patients.

Free H2020 review by InterTradeIreland H2020 applicants (successful or successful) with partners from both Ireland and Northern Ireland can avail of a free analysis of their Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) and/or proposal, in order to identify strengths, shortcomings and opportunities for future calls. For further information email InterTradeIreland.

Microsoft Azure for research training: Microsoft Research is offering free, hands-on, cloud computing training courses for researchers across Europe, and the team is coming to Dublin on the 9th May 2016. Whether it's big data, big computers (HPC), or analysing data streaming from devices for an IoT project, this is your opportunity to see how easy it is using Microsoft Azure to speed up your research. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend this free one-day event and register today to secure your place. Date: 9th May 2016, 9:00am - 5:00pm (registration opens 9:00, class begins at 9:30 AM), Rooms E1.17/1.18, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin. Click here for location details.

Erasmus Plus success: Congratulations to Dr. Justin Rami, School of Education Studies, for securing funding via the Eramus Plus Programme for the project “Partnerships for Life Long Learning in Engineering and Technology”.

DCU Business School joins top 5% of world’s business schools: DCU Business School has been awarded accreditation by the world’s oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools.  Endorsement by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) is widely recognised as the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools including London Business School, Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduation School of Business. For more information click here.

Funding for research on protection of civilians: Congratulations to Dr Walt Kilroy of DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) who was successful in gaining funding under the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations scheme to research the question of protecting civilians during peacekeeping operations project. Read more here.

James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship success: Congratulations to Dr Janine Bosak, Senior Lecturer in the HRM and Organisational Psychology Group at Dublin City University Business School, who has been awarded the prestigious James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship by the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF).

Tackling Pancreatic Cancer together: You can read about the work being undertaken on Pancreatic Cancer in NICB on their blog here.

New centre at DCU to provide better assessment models for Irish students: The Centre for Assessment Research and Policy in Education (CARPE) has been established to drive progress in the practice of assessment across all levels of the educational system (early childhood to fourth level) and professions (job entry and advancement). For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

Research Integrity Training Programme Session 4 - Dissemination of your Research, Authorship and Advocacy: The University encourages the publication of, and dissemination of, results of high quality research, but believes that researchers must do this responsibly, assigning appropriate accountability and credit, and with an awareness of the consequences of any such dissemination in the wider media and in society. When: Wed 18th May 2016, 3.00-4.30p.m. Where: Q119, DCU Business School, Glasnevin Campus
For more details and registration, please click here

Horizon 2020 Information Session: Climate Action (Societal Challenge 5) and Marine elements of Societal Challenge 2 (Food security) When: Thursday 5 May 2016, 11.00-13.30 Where: Seminar Room, Top Floor, Invent, Glasnevin Campus. This information session will be of relevance to researchers in the areas of: Marine research; Environment; Water; Climate services; Raw materials, and the Social Sciences. For full programme and registration details please click here

Research Professional Webinar: Due to connectivity issues on the date of the last webinar, Research Professional have kindly agreed to facilitate another DCU online training session. This will take place on Friday 6th May at 2.00pm. Please register here

Developing and Managing your Research Career: This is a practical workshop for those engaged in full-time research (including postdoctoral researchers and research officers) and aims to support researchers in reviewing their career, examine both their transferable skills and career objectives, and develop career strategies that work for them. Please visit the following link for more information about this workshop. Workshops begin on 10 of May and run to 2nd of June. Participants need to be available for all three sessions.

International Training for the Exploitation of EU Project Results with a focus on IP Valuation in the field of Health
Dublin 11 & 12 May 2016. Enterprise Europe Network Ireland in association with the European IPR Helpdesk and Fit for Health 2.0 is organising a TWO day international IP training session on “International Training for the Exploitation of EU Project Results with a focus on IP Valuation in the field of Health”. To Register and more details click here

Smart Homes Hackathon- Do you think you can come up with smarter, more integrated ways for us to heat and light our homes and use appliances, that doesn’t cost our economy billions of euro and or cause damage to the environment? SEAI, in conjunction with DCU Alpha Innovation Campus, is hosting a three day Smart Home Hackathon, on 13th – 15th May, 2016, inviting participants to come up ways to radically enhance how we use energy in the home. Hosted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in conjunction with DCU Alpha takes place 13th May to 15th May 2016. For more information click here.

Knowledge 4 Health All-Ireland public health summit: The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) and partners will host an all-island conference Knowledge 4 Health on Wednesday 25 May at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin (10am - 4pm). The conference will explore innovative and practical ways of providing knowledge support for the implementation of two public health frameworks:  'Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health & Wellbeing 2013-2025' in the Republic of Ireland, and 'Making Life Better – A Whole System Strategic Framework for Public Health 2013–2023' in Northern Ireland.

The Annual Fleet Forum Conference 2015 will take place from Wednesday, 1 June – Thursday, 2 June 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Please click here for more information. Fleet Forum inspires better, cleaner, safer and more effective transport around the world. We see ourselves as enablers with three distinct roles: Convenor, solution and tool provider, and leader. The Annual Fleet Forum Conference is where these three roles converge. It is a forum to share what we know, challenge and inspire one another to go further, collaborate on identifying future solutions and tools, and continue to professionalise our work and demonstrate sector know-how and leadership.

H2020 European Brokerage Event: Materials & Nanotechnology, Process Industries & Manufacturing: 15 June 2016, Austin Court Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK This is a FREE one day event that will introduce the calls for proposals in 2017, present insights and expectations from the European Commission. For more details and registration click here.

Funding Opportunities 

HRB Applied Partnership Awards (APA) 2016 is now launched: The aim of the Applied Partnership Awards is to support high quality applied research projects where academic researchers and knowledge users come together in a collaboration to focus on themes/questions which are determined by the documented needs of the Irish health and social care system. Application closing dates on the 6th May and the 1st September respectively. For more information please visit the HRB website. (contact

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is accepting grant proposals until May 11, 2016, 11:30 A.M. US Pacific Day Light Time. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. More information here

Wellcome Trust - Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science: This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists based in academic institutions in the UK and Republic of Ireland (RoI). Candidates are expected to have an excellent track record in their scientific field and be able to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research. Further information available here  - preliminary application deadline is the 24th May 2016 (contact

RIA Gold Medal in Humanities and the Life Sciences: Nominations are open for the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals 2016. There’ll be one each in Humanities and Life Sciences.  Deadline for nominations is 5 pm Wed 25th May 2016. Click here for further information.

The SFI/EI Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) 2016 is now open. This award is for researchers who are at the initial stages of developing a new or innovative technology, product, process or service with strong commercial potential. Further details of the call are on the SFI website hereDCU Application Process and Key Dates: 1.Indicate your intention to submit to RIS and Invent asap 2. Submit proposal to IPAS by Tuesday 17th May 2016 3. Submit pdf of final version to RIS by Tuesday 24th May 2016 4. RIS submit proposal to SFI by 1pm Friday 27th May 2016

Collaboration in Ireland for Clinical Effectiveness Reviews (HRB-CICER) 2016: Clinical effectiveness is a key component of patient safety and quality. The The HRB, along with the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) and the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) invite proposals for the development and management of HRB-CICER. The award for HRB-CICER is for five years. Call deadline is Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 13.00 (contact More information here.

IRC Enterprise Partnership Scheme 2016 is open with the applicant deadline on 10th June 2016. The aim of the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship is to encourage links with an Enterprise Partner to award co-funded two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. Further details of the postdoctoral fellowship call can be found here

The Blue Economy Challenge: Launching a Blue Revolution for Aquaculture: This challenge aims to find solutions to three important issues of aquaculture: 1) Rethinking feed for aquaculture 2) New ocean products and 3) Sustainable design by encouraging innovations that will revolutionize aquaculture in the developing world with a focus on the Indian Ocean region, where transformations in aquaculture can help eradicate poverty, end hunger, and preserve ecosystems. Application deadline is June 30, 2016. For more information click here.

SFI Industry Fellowship Programme 2016 is open: Fellowships can be awarded to staff and postdoctoral academic researchers based in Ireland, wishing to spend time in industry worldwide, and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world (including Ireland) wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish academic or research institution. Further information on the programme is available here. The programme has two deadlines on the 6th July 2016 and 2nd December 2016.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), The Wellcome Trust and The Gulbenkian Foundation, are jointly holding a competition to award grants to outstanding early career scientists working outside the United States and other G7 countries. This International Research Scholars program aims to provide support for promising international scientists and to bring them into an eco-system that can foster their work and allow them to better understand and address biomedical issues of global relevance. Application deadline is June 30, 2016. For more information please visit here.

SFI Discover Programme Call 2016 call is now open for applications for projects that support STEM education and public engagement. Call deadline 07 June 2016. Applications require DCU sign off, applicants should contact Anne-Louise Holloway, ext 5612 in RIS no later than Thursday 2 June. For more information click here.

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Development and Implementation funding: Deadline for Expressions of Interest (stage 1) 24 May 2016. Deadline for full project proposals (stage 2) 20 July 2016. The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. For more information on available funding schemes please click here.

Breast Cancer Now  - Project and PhD grants: Project grants are available with awards of up to £200,000 for researchers who have a strong track record in their field, and who want to work in one of their priority areas. PhD studentships are for established researchers in the UK and Ireland who have a strong track record in their field, and have previous experience in supervising PhD students. They can only accept applications from the proposed supervisor. Application deadline is the 1st July 2016 (contact
Funding for French researchers on EU proposals to visit Ireland. The French embassy is now providing travel grants for French researchers to visit Ireland. For EU consortia, this could be complementary to the travel/ coordinator grants provided by Enterprise Ireland. Funding of up to €500 is covered. For more information visit here

H2020 Health Calls (two-stage): Stage 1 of the two-stage 2017 health calls has a deadline of the 4th October 2016 - so anyone interested in applying for the following calls should be putting together their consortia (contact SC1-PM-02-2017 - New concepts in patient stratification SC1-PM-07-2017 - Promoting mental health and well-being in the young SC1-PM-08-2017- New therapies for rare diseases SC1-PM-10-2017 - Comparing the effectiveness of existing healthcare interventions in the adult population

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