Research Newsletter - Issue 61: Spotlight

The Research Development Team

In 2020, the Research Development team engaged with individual researchers with over 400 funding enquiries relating to more than 30 different funders, of which over 200 engagements resulted in submitted applications.

As we begin the New Year, the Research Development (RD) team continues to work closely with DCU researchers, providing guidance, support and resources to encourage and facilitate competitive funding applications across a broad range of funding calls. The supports provided by the RD team include developing individual researcher funding strategies, providing information and guidance on funders and specific calls and developing workshops, information sessions and application development materials. Additionally, the Research Development Officers (RDOs) provide in-depth review of grant applications with an emphasis on developing a clear, convincing and well-structured research proposal that aligns with the strategic requirements of the funder and call.

In the last year, the team also developed and presented a range of workshops and resources focussing on key elements of research applications and funding calls, both DCU-wide and tailored to individual Faculties. Over the coming year workshops and information sessions are planned for major calls from funders including SFI, IRC, ERASMUS and Horizon Europe and calls of specific relevance to individual Faculties. Additionally, workshops will be presented on application development topics including sessions on impact, gender in research, developing a research budget and grant writing principles.

In addition to these supports, the RD team are developing two application development resources as outlined below:

New Resources in Development:


If you have any enquiries on any of the information provided above please contact