|Issue 48 APRIL 2013|
Research News Magazine
This webzine contains information on some of the funding opportunities currently open to researchers, a round up of information on upcoming conferences, events and various pieces of research news from within DIT, around the country and further afield. If you have any information you would like to add please send it to Jean Cahill or Anna O'Brien.
Technology Gateways Programme
The Technology Gateways Programme seeks to establish a network of industry focused applied technology centres, based in the Institutes of Technology (IoTs). A draft version of the application form for this programme and further guidelines is available from Dr Tony Betts. A second call is now open. Professor Eugene Coyle is co-ordinating this call for DIT. More information here....
Enterprise Ireland provides travel grants for researchers who would like to visit other EU institutions to discuss potential FP7 collaboration. They will also provide up to €12,500 to researchers who are co-ordinating an FP7 proposal. More info here……………
The objective of the Innovation Voucher initiative is to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers and small businesses and to create a cultural shift in the small business community's approach to innovation. Worth €5,000, each voucher can be used by a company to employ a research organisation (such as DIT) to solve a problem or explore a business opportunity. For more information.....
Innovation Partnership programme
This programme supports collaborative research projects between Irish Higher Education Institutes and companies. Researchers participating in an Innovation Partnership will benefit from the opportunity to work with companies to solve real technical challenges and new product/service development. The call is open all year and applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. For more information......
SFI Industry Fellowships Programme 2013
The SFI Industry Fellowships programme 2013has been launched. This programmefacilitates exchanges between academia and industryand provides researchers withaccessto new technology pathways and standards and facilitates training in the use of specialist research infrastructure. The fellowshipscan be awarded to academic researchers wishing to spend time in industry worldwide and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish Research Body, and can be either full time or part time Fellowships.
SFI awards officially announced
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has announced funding totalling €39million for 30 flagship scientific research projects. Administered via Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) ‘Principal Investigator’ (PI) Programme, the projects will be supported through to 2015. Congratulations to Professor Hugh Byrne, Head of Focas, and his team who were awarded almost €1m under this call. More info here……..
SFI’s TIDA Feasability programme
ERC support programnme
The SFI ERC support programme supports the Irish host institutions of awardees of the ERC Starting and Advanced Grant schemes. This programme will assist Irish host institutions in providing the appropriate support to ERC awardees. Awards may also be made when an ERC awardee moves to an Irish institution during the course of their ERC award. Rolling call. For more information...........
Japan/ Ireland Travel Fellowship
The Short Term Travel Fellowship (STTF) programme enables Irish based researchers to collaborate with international partners. SFI has launched a “reverse-STTF” programme to enable Japanese collaborators, whose research has been interrupted by the tsunami, to continue their research in Irish laboratories. Rolling call.
SFI Research Professorship Award
The SFI Research Professorship Award Programme is open.The Call document may be accessed via the SFI website.... It is intended to assist research bodies in their recruitment of world-leading researchers for Professorial Chairs, or similar research leadership positions in targeted scientific areas within the Lifesciences, ICT & Energy sectors. The candidates must be world leaders in their discipline and must be supported with a full professorship that will continue after the term of funding of this award expires.
SFI PIYRA Call Open
The SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA) call is open (rolling call) and is accepting Expressions of Interest. The PIYRA is SFI's most prestigious award to recruit young researchers currently based around the world to carry out their research in third level institutions in Ireland. More information here.....
SFI US-Ireland Partnership
Recipients of SFI funding can apply for funding under an agreement between the Irish government and governments of Northern Ireland and the United States. The proposal must be submitted to SFI 6 weeks before the closing dates of calls announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. More information here........
The Irish Research Council is supporting the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) topic under this CHIST-ERA call. There will be €250k available under this topic. The funding is for 3 years and will be subject to the usual IRC Embark and Empower eligible costs in relation to Masters, PhDs and Postdocs. Applicants should contact the Irish Research Council before submitting their proposals. More information here.....
Employment-based postgraduate IRC funding
Elevate Marie Curie International Mobility Fellowship
This Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is open to all disciplines and facilitates inter-sectoral as well as international mobility.
Applicants must hold a PhD and be researchers with no more than 5 years post doctoral experience. They must be a resident of an EU or Associated Country, currently living in Ireland, but do not have to be an Irish citizen.
Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting
The Irish Research Council will sponsor five talented young researchers to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Chemistry), to be held next summer on the isle of Lindau, situated on Lake Constance in south Germany. This will give those selected the opportunity to meet and engage with some of the world’s top experts and up to 30 Nobel prizewinners in Chemistry. The Council is especially pleased to be able to announce that President Michael D. Higgins is to be Patron of the scheme, making this one of the most prestigious research bursaries ever announced in Ireland. It is open to postgraduate students of chemistry and related subjects.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has launched a call for proposals under its three main funding schemes: Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), Research Stimulus Fund (RSF) and Competitive Forestry Research for Development (COFORD). There are 5 inter-related categories: Primary Production Research; Food Research; Marine Origin Foods; Forestry Research; Supply Chain Sustainability. The closing date is Tuesday May 7th 2013. Information on this call which includes the DAFM research funding framework is available here............
There is also a call to develop a network of excellence in Sensory Food Science with a closing date of April 30th 2013. The first stage of this call is for a PI to submit an application. The network should include all existing research facilities which have capability in Sensory Food Science on the Island of Ireland. Information on this call is here......
Research Plus with a closing date of May 7th 2013 is for those who already have FIRM, CoFoRD or RSF funding to apply for funding to further exploit the outputs of those projects to bring them to a point which will enable future commercialisation of the outputs. Information on this call is available here.............
Agri-Marine research funding
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Marine Institute have launched a call for proposals for marine research projects relating to Food Innovation, Food Processing Technologies and Food for Health. This FIRM programme includes a dedicated call for marine origin foods research which builds on the investment made by both parties to the marine functional foods research initiative - NutraMara. Research proposals are expected to build on existing projects and develop collaboration between institutions in the area of marine foods related research. The closing date is 7th May, 2013. Full details are available here............
The Marine Institute, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has issued a call for applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to further our understanding of biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in Irish marine and estuarine waters. More information here..............
ShareBiotech Mobility Grant
ShareBiotech Mobility Grant Applications are currently open for travel and accommodation for visits up to 5 days. Projects must be linked to one or both ShareBiotech priorities: Acquisition of knowledge and know-how regarding advanced technologies in life sciences; Acquisition of management, innovation and business skills to foster technology penetration, promote start-up companies and facilitate access to technologies and development of capacities to enable sharing of technology facilities. Additional details on ShareBiotech website. You can view the Original Page on the Marine Institute Website.
Intertrade Ireland's Fusion programme
This programme funds projects that are carried out by a company in Northern Ireland in partnership with a HEI in the Republic of Ireland (or vice versa). A graduate is also employed on the project and the HEI acts as the knowledge provider, providing expertise and support to the project. The project is initiated by a company with a particular technological need requiring the support and expertise of a third level institute. Rolling call For more information........
EPA rolling calls
The Environmental Protection Agency provides funding for events and for research-related travel associated with environmental issues. Proposals are accepted 4 times a year on a rolling basis: 31st December; 31st March; 30th June; 30th September. For more information..........
Marie Curie Fellowship Grants
The European Commission is inviting bids for the final tranche of Marie Curie fellowship grants allotted under the current seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7, 2007-13). Some €227 million, the highest single amount made available through the Marie Curie Actions fund, will be awarded to around 1 000 experienced researchers this year. The application process runs until 14 August 2013. Find out about Marie Curie actions here..........................
FP7 open for business!
Full details of funding opportunities are available here on the Irish FP7 website. FP7 Ireland office organises lots of European funding information workshops and events. These events are listed here...............
DIT researchers have made several succesful applications for funding under the FP7 programme so if you are making a submission, make sure you contact the DRE European Research Support Office for assistance; e: firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information. To find partners for European funding calls go to Cordis, the European Commission website........
New search facility for US collaboration
There is a new search tool is available here....... , where you can search USA related opportunities in FP7 at any time. Note that you can search any other country too. FP7 Calls specifically targeting cooperation with the USA. A useful document on calls that are specifically targeting research projects with US partners is also available here...
Financial support for researchers making FP7 applications
Enterprise Ireland provides financial supports for FP7 participants based in Ireland. Researchers in Irish companies, higher education institutions and research performing organisations can avail of the supports. More information here......
Information on EU funding open calls and events is available here…….
UNESCO-L’Oreal International Fellowships 2014
Information available here....... L'Oreal Women in Science
Open Research Position Announcement - Student Research Assistant
The Centre for Image Science in Austria is recruiting freelance student research assistance positions on the AT.MAR and AMAH research project. They are not required to be in Austria. If you know someone who would be interested there is more information here.....................
The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)
Intelligent Energy Europe’s call for proposals is now open. Closing date 8th May 2013. All details available here…………
CHIST-ERA - IRC Participation Status
In the Call 2012, two new and hot topics are addressed, namely Intelligent User Interfaces and User-driven, Context- and Content-aware, Communication Networks.
EFSA Annual Work Programme
An open call for tenders launched under the EFSA Annual Work Programme for Science Procurement is available here along with a list of all open calls (DIT is registered as an EFSA organisation)
Logistics project funding available
This year the EC will fund a large-scale Demonstration Project (~€25M EC Funding) on Logistics and Supply Chain Security.Your feedback and suggestions for an Irish-led consortium of perhaps 30 partners should be sent to Michael.Murphy@enterprise-ireland.com
Economist Visitors Programme
Economist Visitors Programme to support the work of the Competitiveness Report (2011-2014). Open Call until : 30 June 2014. The purpose of this Call is to attract leading economists in academia, international organisations, governments and top research institutions to participate in the Economist Visitors Programme of DG Enterprise and Industry. Find out more here………
Funding to bring expertise from the US
The Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards provide US academics and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with counterparts outside the US on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other academic activities in certain academic disciplines for a period of 2 – 6 weeks. The Senior Specialists receive an honorarium, a travel grant and accident and emergency insurance from the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Rolling call....more information....
In February Arrow@DIT had had 80382 full-text downloads and 118 new submissions were posted.
The most popular Papers were: Festivals, events and tourism (1308 downloads)http://arrow.dit.ie/tfschhmtbook/1
Play and Technology for Children aged 4-12 (1184 downloads)http://arrow.dit.ie/cserrep/2
Learning Theories and Higher Education (748 downloads)http://arrow.dit.ie/engscheleart/4
The most popular Publications were: School of Electrical Engineering SystemsConference papers (4407 downloads)http://arrow.dit.ie/engscheleart
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies (4345 downloads)http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass
School of Food Science and Environmental HealthArticles (2839 downloads)http://arrow.dit.ie/schfsehart
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies
Vol. 12 of this journal edited by Kevin Lalor is now available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/
Human Resource Development for Eye Health
The DIT Optometry Department has secured total funding of €637,572, including Irish Aid funding of €458,022, through the transition phase of the Programme of Strategic Cooperation, to implement a new three year project, the Human Resources Development for Eye Health (HRDEH) project. The project officially began in October. The HRDEH project partners aim to train optometry faculty in optometry teaching and leadership, while; in addition, a member of faculty from each university will undergo a Masters in Public Health and Eye Health. Read more here....HRDEH announcement
Clean Technology Project aims to destroy water toxins
DIT student wins national award in Germany
Congratulations to John McNamara, a DIT PhD student who carried out his research in the German Institute for Rubber Technology (DIK). He has won a national award from Germany’s Rubber Manufacturers Society for his PhD - Novel approaches to the analysis of localised stress concentrations in deformed elastomers. John undertook his PhD with the Centre for Elastomer Research (CER) which continues to enjoy a partnership with DIK that has endured for 12 years. Currently Jenny McIntyre is researching for her PhD (Characterising magnetorheological elastomers) in their laboratories in Hanover. Stephen Ronan another CER postgraduate student who also completed his research in DIK was a previous winner of this award.
Congratulations to the DIT team from the College of Engineering & Built Environment led by Dr Nigel Kent which has made a successful proposal to the QB50 project. Information on the QB50 project is available here…………….
RIS open for business.
With the DRE’s portal for research information you won’t have to submit any more paperwork to set up project codes and you won’t be asked for duplicate information about projects…we hope it will make your life easier! Please take the time to look at DRE’s Research Information System and update your information as soon as you can. Username: your email address; password: your staff number. Link is here……….
Matching Funding for Research Projects
Increasingly, funders are demanding greater and greater fractions of any research award be co-funded by the recipient. This fraction of matching funding varies from 10% to 75%+ depending on the funder, the programme, the call, the objectives, etc, etc. It is important that both the proposer and the Institute understand where matching funding is coming from before a proposal can go ahead. If a project requires matching funding, please tell us where that funding is coming from by completing the form available here.... DIT Matching Funding Source Declaration
An tSli Ghlas - The Green Way
One of the areas in which Ireland plans to develop future skills and investment is in the area of sustainability and ‘clean technology’. DIT is involved in an exciting collaboration with a number of other public bodies - Dublin City Council, DCU, Ballymun Regeneration, Dublin Airport Authority, Fingal County Council, and North Dublin Chamber – to develop a green economic corridor that will position Dublin as a centre for ‘cleantech’ innovation, education and enterprise. Running from Grangegorman to Dublin Airport it is called ‘An tSlí Ghlas-The Green Way’. The aim of An tSlí Ghlas–The Green Way is to link business to investors and to develop trade partnerships with other green corridors internationally. Launched last November, already this week it has been accepted as Ireland's representative in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, a prestigious group of the top 20 cleantech clusters around the world. This is a very significant validation of the work taking place and an opportunity for future international collaboration and investment. To find out more here....
DIT is playing a significant part in the development of An tSlí Ghlas–The Green Way and your input would be most welcome. If you think you might have an interest in developing or joining a project in the ‘cleantech’/green area, or would like to find out more, please contact Andy Maguire at email@example.com or by phone at 01 402 3309.
Arrow gets one million downloads!
We have passed the one million mark for downloads of papers from Arrow - 1,003,636 full text downloads since its launch! Arrow the DIT repository is harvested by Rian: the National Research Portal. The portal harvests material from the 7 universities and DIT and as such is a one stop shop for access to Irish research. As DIT research is attracting a large number of downloads on par with the universities it is important that we maximise this opportunity to showcase our research so you should upload your research outputs to Arrow. There is a simple submission process or you can contact Yvonne Desmond who will be happy to do it for you.
You can produce culmulative usage statistics from Arrow such as monthly, quarterly, annually etc. These can be produced both for titles and at a School/Research unit level. If you have a requirement for usage statistics contact Yvonne Desmond tel: 402 7807 to find out how to get the information.
DIT Library goes mobile!
DIT have subscribed to a service which gives an app for mobile phones. This means people can now search the catalogue, ejournals, Arrow and access the library website on their mobile phones. To gain access use this url: http://www.libanywhere.com/m/476
SFI receives 449 Proposals under Investigator Call
The deadline for submissions under the new SFI Investigators Programme 2012 has just passed. SFI received 449 proposals - 295 submissions under the Investigator Projects category and 154 under the Investigator Awards category.
New remit for SFI
Sean Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation, has announced the drafting of a bill to extend the remit of Science Foundation Ireland to include funding of applied research in order to support the development of research findings into commercial opportunities. The Bill will also provide for Science Foundation Ireland to focus its funding on areas of research which have the potential to deliver the greatest return to the economy.
New SFI online presence
SFI has been putting an increased emphasis on online communications in recent months has set up a number of tools you can use to follow SFI and join in the discussion/dialogue to promote Science in Ireland. In particular:
LinkedIn – SFI Award Holders Group - SFI has set up a specific closed group on LinkedIn for SFI award holders. The group can be used to network and exchange information across the SFI community of researchers, including conferences, events, collaborations, achievements, calls for programmes, jobs, etc. or other matters you might like to raise with each other.
Facebook - SFI has recently set up a page on Facebook with a view to promoting the work of SFI researchers in a easily understandable manner/
Twitter - If you are on Twitter you can now follow SFI and keep up to date an award announcements, calls for programmes, events and achievements from researchers, etc.
OTHER RESEARCH NEWS
Launch of the The Irish Research Council new website
COST project application online
A video supporting a European monetary unifications, from Antiquity to modern times (EMU) application for the creation of a European COST network is available here On the website you will find all information on the project if you are interested in getting involved.
How Ireland gets on in COST
Information on Ireland's performance in the EU's COST programme is available here.....
New COST actions
The COST programme funds researcher networks and helps build consortia for an FP7 funding proposal. The latest round of Actions has just been announced and DIT colleagues Dr Louis Gunnigan and Professor Gerald Farrell are part of two of the Actions. You can still join these actions and any of the ones that are still running if there is room - up to two delegates per country can be on the Management Committee. For more information on COST Actions see here........ The latest Actions are here: List of approved COST projects
30 new COST networks funded by EU
The COST CSO approved 30 more research networks at its December meeting. Researchers can apply to join existing networks or apply for funding to set up a new network. The full list of new COST networks is available here................
Software available to help with FP7 applications
FP7 Proposal Writing and Project Management Software is available here: More info here.....
FP7 health webinar slides
Slides from a recent webinar about the FP7 Health programme are available here....
Stakeholder survey for digital interests
DG CONNECT's Stakeholder Survey has been launched and remains open until 2 December. The aim of the survey is to learn more about individuals, groups, organisations and entities who are involved in, or have views on, shaping Digital Agenda for Europe. They seek more information on the areas stakeholders are interested in as well as rating the importance and level of satisfaction of certain aspects of interaction, for example easy access to information and the importance of timely and accurate feedback. The survey will take from 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Answers will remain anonymous.
Information on climate and health from the National Academies
The National Academies has some interesting publications based on their expert consensus reports, these booklets are designed to improve public understanding of today's most important and complex scientific, engineering, and medical issues on climate and health. See here for more details.....
New partner search facility for food researchers
A new partner search tool is available from the EU NCP project BIONET. It's a funded network of all NCPs across Europe. It is worth filling it in. You will find the partner search info on the left hand side of the screen. Click here for details.........
FSA publishes priorities on science and evidence
The Food Standards Agency has published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2012. The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year, including potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the Agency’s evidence base. Find out more here...
Research directory for social scientists
The Net4Society Research Directory is an online directory in English of actively involved researchers and key players (including Civil Society Organisations) in the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (SHH) theme of the 7th Framework Programme of the EU (FP7). The Net4Society Research Directory is designed to facilitate co-operation in the context of FP7. It gives you the possibility to find and to be found by key players in SSH. To learn more about Net4Society and to register your details log onto...............
Erasmus Jean Monnet InfoKit available
The 7th edition of the Erasmus / Jean Monnet InfoKit "What's new in EU higher education initiatives?" has been published. It provides information on the new general call for proposals under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union for 2011. You will also learn more about other open or forthcoming calls for proposals of direct interest to universities, academics and associations and about EACEA activities. Please click here to read the InfoKit....(in English only). If you have any questions email EACEA-ERA-NETWORKS@ec.europa.eu.
The Directorate of Research and Enterprise's Research Clinics are open to DIT staff and held in venues across DIT. More information is available here..
The DRE's Researcher Training Programme of seminars and workshops are open to DIT researchers and are held in venues across DIT. For more information check here......
Click here for the Events Calendar.....