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Welcome to the TORA Homepage

TORA is DCU's new research application and award management system.  The system facilitates seamless integration from institutional approval of funding applications, through to the recording of successful awards and their associated budgets, and finally to the management of post-award financials.  Using TORA, you can:

- submit funding applications for institutional approval
- receive feedback on your application
- track the status of your application through the institutional approval process
- store your application and award documentation in a single document store
- view all of your applications and awards.

ALL intended applications for external funding must be submitted for prior Institutional Approval.  Please allow a minimum of five (5) working days for RIS/GSO and Finance Office review and endorsement.  

Access TORA

TORA can be accessed on campus.  If you are accessing TORA off-site you will require VPN access.  Please contact ISS to arrange this.

By submitting an application on TORA you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions below.

TORA Terms and Conditions

By submitting an application on TORA as Principal Investigator you are confirming that:

  • no other costs, other than those included in the application, will be required
  • the proposed research programme does not constitute a breach of existing regulations or compromise your ability to complete existing research
  • has not already been funded through other means
  • your Head of Unit has approved all aspects of the proposal, including cost implications for staff support and space requirements
  • you will abide by the terms and conditions regarding research policies (e.g. Intellectual Property, Out of Hours Access, Code of Good Research Practice, Conflict of Interest, Allegations of Research Misconduct, etc.)
  • you meet the eligibility requirements, and terms and conditions set by the funder.

Once submitted, applications are sent to the Principal Investigator for approval (if submitted by the PI themselves then this step is skipped).  Applications are then reviewed by RIS or the Graduate Studies Office, followed by the DCU Finance Office.  The PI I will receive confirmation by email once their application is approved.

Note that Research and Innovation Support reserves the right not to authorise applications if an approval request has not been completed or was submitted after a call has closed.

FAQs
  1. I cannot log into TORA
  2. I cannot see TORA on my Agresso menu
  3. My affiliation on the Dept. drop down list is not correct
  4. I have no affiliation on the Dept. drop down list
  5. My Research Centre is missing on the Dept. drop down list
  6. Why is the Dept. affiliation for my application important?
  7. I am inputting an application for a PI, but they are not listed in the PI dropdown list
  8. My funder is not appearing in the Funder list in Tab 2
  9. The correct scheme/call is not listed against my Funder
  10. How do I check the status of my application?
  11. How do I access a draft application form?
  12. What is the definition of DCU PI and DCU Co-PI?

1. I cannot log into TORA

If you receive an error message when logging into TORA please submit a ticket to Finance Systems Helpdesk. Open a new support ticket and select ‘TORA Access Request’ as your issue type. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been given access to TORA.

2. I cannot see TORA on my Agresso menu

If you successfully log into Agresso but do not see TORA in the left-hand menu please email research@dcu.ie and advise that you cannot see TORA on your Agresso menu. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been given access to TORA.

3. My affiliation on the Dept. drop down list is not correct

Your School and any associated Research Centres should appear in the 'Dept.' dropdown list once you input your name in the 'DCU PI' section of the Form.

If your school affiliation is incorrect, select the School that is available and put the correct School name in the Notes section on Tab 3. 

If your Research Centre is not in the dropdown list, select the School affiliation and put the Research Centre name in the Notes section on Tab 3.

Your affiliation will be corrected and available for you to select for future applications.

4. I have no affiliation on the Dept. drop down list

Your School and any associated Research Centres should appear in the 'Dept.' dropdown list once you input your name in the 'DCU PI' section of the Form. If you have no associated Depts please email research@dcu.ie and advise what your correct affiliation should be.

5. My Research Centre is missing on the Dept. drop down list

Your School and any associated Research Centres should appear in the 'Dept.' dropdown list once you input your name in the 'DCU PI' section of the Form.

If your Research Centre is not in the dropdown list, select the School affiliation and put the Research Centre name in the Notes section on Tab 3. 

The Research Centre will be created as a Dept. and available for you to select for future applications.

6. Why is the Dept. affiliation for my application important?

It is important that you select the correct School or Research Centre affiliation for your application as this will impact both Dept. metrics and the subsequent distribution of overheads should your application be successful.

7. I am inputting an application for a PI, but they are not listed in the PI dropdown list

If you are inputting an application on behalf of someone else but their name does not appear when you try to add them in the DCU PI section, please ask them to submit a ticket to Finance Systems Helpdesk. They should open a new support ticket and select ‘TORA Access Request’ as the issue type.

8. My funder is not appearing in the Funder list in Tab 2

If your Funder is not listed please use ‘Other Funder’ and include your actual Funder name in the Notes section on Tab 3.

9. The correct scheme/call is not listed against my Funder

If the correct scheme/call is not listed against your Funder, please select any available scheme and  include the correct scheme name in the Notes section in Tab 3.

10. How do I check the status of my application?

Click ‘Reports’ on the left-hand Agresso menu. Click on the “TORA Browser Reporting” folder, followed by the “TORA PI Browser – workflow” folder, and then click “TORA Workflow – all forms (PI only)”. The TORA application form tracker will open.

Your staff ID will be auto populated into the Staffid like field. To obtain a list of all TORA Application Forms for which you are listed as PI leave the rest of the fields blank and simply click the Search button.

The status of each of your TORA Application Forms will be shown in the Workflow Status column.

11. How do I access a draft application form?

To access a draft application form, log into TORA and click on the 'Submit Application for Approval' link. In the section 'Search for Saved Forms here', input your Form ID. Hit the Tab key and the Form details will populate. 

12. What is the definition of DCU PI and DCU Co-PI?

DCU PI

The DCU Principal Investigator (PI) is the DCU employee who is responsible for the management and execution of the project and it's associated budget.  

DCU Co-PI

The DCU Co-PI has the same level of responsibility as the PI and is, therefore, considered responsible for the management and execution of the Project and it's associated budget.  

The majority of awards will have a single PI and no Co-PI.  Most research teams are comprised of a single PI and team members and/or collaborators.   In a small number of cases, Funders allow or expect a Co-PI.  In these cases, Co-PI's must be named in the Funder documentation (e.g. in the submitted proposal at application stage or in the Letter of Offer at award stage).

Contact Points

Research and Innovation Support (research@dcu.ie, 7008000)

Isabel Hidalgo (isabel.hidalgo@dcu.ie, 7007894)

Audrey Barter (audrey.barter@dcu.ie. 7005612)

Helen Burke (helen.burke@dcu.ie, 7008003)