2016 - Irish Research Council Interdisciplinary Research Workshop for Health, Friday 16th September


Presentations from the workshop are now available online HERE


09:45 – 10:15      Registration and tea/coffee


10.15 – 10.30      Event opening

Welcome from Dr Molly Byrne, Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway and lead of the Workshop organising committee

  • Dr James Brown, President, NUI Galway
  • Dr Patricia Clarke, Programme Manager - Policy and EU Funding, and National Delegate for H2020 Health, Health Research Board


10.30 – 11.10      Leading a successful interdisciplinary consortium

  • Prof Sally Wyke, Interdisciplinary Research Professor, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Coordinator of EU FP7 project EuroFIT
  • Prof Catherine Woods, Chair of Physical Activity and Health, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Limerick. Joint PI and Clinical Lead of EU H2020 project PATHway


11.10 – 12.30      Perspectives on interdisciplinary opportunities within European funding
Session Chair: Dr Paul Anglim, Programme Manager, BioInnovate Ireland, NUI Galway

Speakers with 10 minutes each to focus on key tips from their experience to maximise opportunities for interdisciplinary EU funding

  • Stephen O’Reilly, Enterprise Ireland, H2020 National Delegate and Contact Point - ICT & FET
  • Prof Tim O'Brien, Director, Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), and Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway. Coordinator of EU H2020 project NEPHSTROM
  • Dr Sharon Glynn, School of Medicine, NUI Galway and EU proposal evaluator
  • John O’Dea, CEO and Chair, Crospon Medical Devices
  • Kay Duggan Walls, EU Programmes Officer & National Contact Point for Health, Health Research Board
  • Dr Adamantios Koumpis, Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems, Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Passau, Germany
  • Dr Catherine Halbert, Halbert Research

Panel discussion for final 10 minutes


12.30 – 13.30      Networking Lunch


13.30 – 15.00      Two parallel sessions


1. Networking session on H2020 Calls for Health. Facilitator: Dr Catherine Halbert, Halbert Research

This hands-on session will cover the process from discovering a suitable H2020 Health Topic, to your first consortium meeting and planning a winning proposal.

  • Participants will work together to create a Call Topic checklist, write a one-page proposal, and make a proposal plan.
  • Practical tips will be provided on how to construct and write the proposal, to ensure it meets the expectations of an EC evaluator.
  • Useful templates will be provided and the session will focus on selected Topics of interest from the current H2020 Health Work Programme.


2. Early career researcher focus, featuring

  • Dr Jennifer Brennan, National Contact Point, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and National Delegate, Excellent Science Pillar, Irish Universities Association
  • Dr Martin O'Halloran, European Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland Investigator, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, NUI Galway
  • Dr Ann Ryan, Head of Research Development, Research Office, NUI Galway
  • Dr Emily Porter, Postdoctoral Researcher, Translational Medical Device Lab, NUI Galway
  • Barbara Oliveira, PhD Researcher, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NUI Galway

Post-doctoral scholarships and individual project grants are becoming increasingly competitive, particularly for early stage researchers (ESRs) (the Marie Skłodowska Curie Global Fellowship has a success rate of ~11%.) Within the context of this competitive funding landscape, ESRs should begin their preparation for these grant applications as early as possible. This practical and applied session will examine the most common sources for post-doctoral funding; how to make your academic CV competitive; and how to align your proposed research grant with the goals of the funding body.  The session will include speakers from various funding bodies, as well as Irish-based researchers who’ve been successful in securing early-stage research funding.


15.00 – 15.15      Afternoon break


15.15 – 16.30      Showcasing excellent interdisciplinary research
Session Chair: TBC, NUI Galway

Speakers with 10 minutes each to focus on key tips from their experience to maximise opportunities for interdisciplinary EU funding

  • Prof Margaret Barry, Head of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Coordinator of EU project CompHP
  • Dr Mark Tully, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast. Partner in EU H2020 project SITLESS
  • Prof Abhay Pandit, Director, Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), NUI Galway. Coordinator of EU H2020 project BrainMatTrain
  • Prof Dympna Casey, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway. Coordinator of EU H2020 project MARIO
  • Dr Liam Glynn, School of Medicine (General Practice), NUI Galway. Collaborator on EU CIT project FATE

Panel discussion for final 15 minutes


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