Research Newsletter -Issue 56: Funding Opportunities

Irish Cancer Society  

The ICS call “Misinformation and Disinformation in Cancer: An Intervention Development Award” is now open. The aim of the award is to develop an intervention aimed at making those affected by a cancer diagnosis more resilient to the misinformation/disinformation they will likely experience over the course of their treatment and beyond. Funding of €65,000 is available for projects of max. 18-months duration. The call deadline is 10th November 2020. For more information see the Irish Cancer Society website

The ICS is also accepting applications for the Cancers with Unmet Needs, Translational Research Awards 2020. The aim of the award is to provide funding for a translational research project that addresses issues in a cancer with an unmet need - a cancer that has a lack of effective treatment options and/or a lack of research capacity in the area. Please see the ICS website for further info. The call deadline is Friday 23rd October 2020.

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Fulbright Awards 

The Fulbright Irish Awards fund and support students, researchers, academics and professionals across all disciplines to study, research, or teach / lecture in the USA. Visit the Fulbright website for full details.  The application deadline for 2021-2022 Fulbright Irish Awards is 2nd November 2020.

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Azrieli Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship

This new program is aimed at bringing 24 outstanding postdoctoral students from Europe and Canada to Israel each year, for research at Israeli universities in STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences. The value of the Fellowship is approximately € 47,000 (ILS 188,000) per year, including funds reserved for research and travel. Full guidelines and online application are available here

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COST Actions   

COST Actions are open to all disciplines and proposals to form research networks in all disciplines (STEM and AHSS) are accepted. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. More information can be found here. Deadline is 29th of October 2020.

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Please note that the new NCP for COST in Ireland is David Flood ( .

SFI Frontiers for the Future 2020

The Projects stream provides funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research.The deadline is 8th October 2020. The Awards stream will now be a rolling call and is open from 1st September 2020. The Awards stream provides larger scale funding for innovative, collaborative and excellent research programmes that have the potential to deliver economic and societal impact. Please note that the TORA deadline for uploading applications for institutional review is 1st October.

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Research Development Contacts: (Faculty of Engineering and Computing), (Faculty of Science and Health)

IRC New Foundations

The New Foundations scheme supports eligible researchers who intend to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. This scheme provides support for research actions, the development of networks and consortia, conference and workshop development, and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience. This year, the scheme comprises five strands. For more information see the IRC website. The deadline is 20th October 2020.

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Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021 

This programme opens on the 24th September 2020 and aims to support suitably qualified applicants in any discipline to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at an eligible higher education institution in Ireland. Fellows will hold a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships can be held for either one or two years. In addition, a number of targeted fellowships are offered in collaboration with the Department of Rural and Community Development. Applicant deadline is 19 November 2020. Applicants are advised to reflect on the 2021 GOIPD Indicative forms which can be found here.

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Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in response to COVID-19

The European Commission has recently announced two new Strategic Partnership Erasmus+ calls, to respond to the educational challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Details regarding the calls can be found here and in the updated 2020 Erasmus+ Programme Guide here.

Projects of 12 months or 24 months duration will be possible subject to a budget cap of €300,000. The TORA deadline is set for the 22nd of October 2020 and applications must reach the funder by the 29th October 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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Spencer Foundation Research Grants on Education

The funder website, call documentation, and access to the online submission portal can be found here. The budget for projects is $50,000,  ranging from one to five years. Proposals are not limited to particular research topics, disciplines, designs or methods, however, they must be education research that aims to develop new knowledge and have a lasting impact on educational discourse.

The TORA deadline is set for the 26th of October 2020 and applications must reach the funder by 18:00 on the 3rd of November 2020.

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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040 and is run by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with administrative support from Enterprise Ireland.

DTIF Call 3 (2020) is about funding collaborations that demonstrate technology-based disruptive innovation, collaborations that can:

- Alter markets;
- Alter the way business operates;
- Involve new products or the emergence of new business models.

Funding applications for Call 3 should be within the Research Priority Areas 2018-2023. They are particularly interested in projects of scale with a strong enterprise agenda to harness maximum medium-term economic impact for Ireland. Ideally, they are looking for enterprise-driven research and development challenges that can demonstrate commercial impacts within 3 to 7 years of project completion.

Call Details
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has announced that the 3rd Call for applications to the DTIF will launch at the end of September 2020 and it is expected to close on the 17th December 2020. Please follow the Department on Twitter (@EnterInnov) for updates.  

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Career-FIT PLUS Call Two 2020

The second call for Enterprise Ireland Career-Fit Plus Programme is open for application and the applicant deadline is 31st December 2020.

Co-funded by Enterprise Ireland and the European Union under the H2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie grant, the programme looks to fund career development fellowships in a Technology Centre Programme and Technology Gateway Programme. In the second stage the call looks to fund 25 fellowships involving eight different Technology Centres and Gateways and 22 Ireland-based companies of various sizes and sectors earlier this year. All proposals must be submitted in partnership with a company where the applicant will be working on a research project in line with the company’s research and development ambition. Please refer to the website for further info.

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