Meet the Team

Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact
Prof Orla Feely
Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact (VPRII)

Professor Orla Feely is Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin.

T: 01 716 4031
E: Email Orla

Triona McCormack
Director of Research

Triona leads the team in UCD Research and supports the development and implementation of the Research Strategy, working with the VPRII and Research, Innovation and Impact Group (RIIG) of the University.

T: 01 716 4025
E: Email Triona

Tom Flanagan
Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation

Tom leads the team that supports research collaborations and knowledge transfer with industry, that assists entrepreneurs to launch and scale new high-tech businesses and that supports UCD academics to deliver global consulting services.

T: 01 716 3718
E: Email Tom

Delia Pearlman
PA to the Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact

Delia provides support to the Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact and the Director of Research. Delia also provides secretariat support for UCD Research committees including the University Management Team sub group, the Research and Innovation Impact Group (RIIG).

T: 01 716 4031
E: Email Delia

Jill Boyle
Senior Research Policy and Governance Specialist

Jill is responsible for developing UCD’s portfolio of research policies, and  establishing and operating the necessary governance schemes for major research programmes.

T: 01 716 4015
E: Email Jill

Dr Colleen Thomas
Research Culture Project Manager

Colleen manages the implementation of the UCD Research Culture Initiative and is responsible for coordinating its programme of activities, events and communications.

T: 01 716 4062
E: Email Colleen

Andrea Forde
General Manager

Andrea looks after UCD Research-led events and conferences, the marketing of UCD Research and Innovation, and handles HR and facility operations in UCD Research.

T: 01 716 4051
E: Email Andrea

Dr Ciara Leonard
Public Affairs Manager

Ciara is working on our public affairs programme, developing our responses to national and international policy initiatives, and engaging with our network of stakeholders.

T: 01 716 4003
E: Email Ciara

Research Finance & Operations
Tony Malone
Senior Manager, Research Operations & Finance

Tony is the senior manager responsible for the grant registration team. He also manages the annual UCD Seed Funding scheme.

T: 01 716 4036
E: Email Tony

Grant Registration Team

The grant registration team assist UCD researchers to register their awards within the University’s systems. They also offer advice and guidance on how best to register the account in accordance with the terms of the award.

Contact this team if you wish to register a successful funding award.

Maciek Szydlowski
Team Lead

Maciek leads the team and provides advice and guidance on requirements for setting up successful funding awards.

T: 01 716 4016
E: Email Maciek

Rafaela Branco
Research Administrator

Rafaela is responsible for the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business, College of Engineering and Architecture.

T: 01 716 4010
E: Email Rafaela

Suad Taimur
Research Administrator

Suad is responsible for the Schools of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics.

T: 01 716 4007
E: Email Suad

Nicola Dillon
Research Administrator

Nicola is responsible for internal funding, Schools of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Medicine (including Charles Institute & Systems Biology Ireland), and Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences.

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Dr Meadhbh O'Halloran
Research Administrator

Meadhbh is responsible for Schools of Medicine (including Conway Institute), and Nursing Midwifery & Health Systems.

T: 01 716 4018
E: Email Meadhbh

Ann Mooney
Research Administrator

Ann is responsible for the College of Social Sciences and Law, the School of Agriculture and Food Science and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

T: 01 716 4020
E: Email Ann

Research Programmes Team (Proposal Support & EU Research Office)

The role of the Research Programmes team is to support researchers in applying for research funding, identify the research funding pipeline and ensure that all UCD’s research submissions are highly enhanced, competitive and effective in securing funding.

Contact this team if you wish to develop or submit a funding application at UCD.

Dipti Pandya
Senior Manager, Research Programmes

Dipti leads the Proposal Support Team and the Research Programmes Team who provide frontline and specialist support to researchers in securing external funding.

T: 01 716 4023
E: Email Dipti

Máire Coyle
Research Programmes Officer

Máire provides specialised knowledge and support for advanced research funding programmes, with a particular focus on ERC, SFI Research Professorship and President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programmes.

T: 01 716 4014
E: Email Máire

Dr Margherita Castronovo
Research Projects Officer

Margherita provides specialised support for advanced research funding programmes, with a particular focus on the ERC Life Sciences & Physical Sciences & Engineering domains. 

T: 01 716 4006
E: Email Margherita

Aidan McElwaine
Pre-Award Accountant

Aidan is responsible for review and approval of research proposal budgets, and providing financial advice in relation to research funding.

T: 01 716 4021
E: Email Aidan

National and non-EU Programmes
Claire Kavanagh
Proposal Support Team Lead

Claire leads the team supporting proposal submissions for national and non-EU programmes. She also supports UCD researchers in preparation and submission of funding applications to national and non-EU funding agencies, charities and foundations.

T: 01 716 4056
E: Email Claire

Maria Lawlor
Pre-Award Research Administrator

Maria provides proposal support to researchers in UCD for preparation and submission of funding applications to national (e.g. SFI, HRB, IRC) and non-EU international (e.g. US, UK) funding agencies, charities and foundations.

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Dana Toncu
Research Officer

Dana provides proposal support for preparation and submission of funding applications to national (e.g. SFI, HRB, IRC) and non-EU international (e.g. US, UK) funding agencies, charities and foundations.

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Kosta Tabakakis
Pre-Award Research Administrator

Kosta provides proposal support to researchers in UCD for preparation and submission of funding applications to national (e.g. SFI, HRB, IRC) and non-EU international (e.g. US, UK) funding agencies, charities and foundations.

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EU Research Office
Aine Moore
EU Research Office Manager

Aine leads the EU Research Office who provide specialist support to researchers applying for EU funding.

T: 01 7164022
E: Email Aine

LIANA DRUMMOND
EU RESEARCH PROGRAMME OFFICER

Liana focuses on the implementation of the UCD Horizon Europe strategy and provides strategic advice for Horizon Europe in the areas of Climate, Energy and Mobility (Cluster 5), and Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment (Cluster 6).

 

 

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Margaret Walsh
EU Research Administrator

Margaret provides proposal support for Horizon Europe in Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society (Cluster 2), Civil Security for Society (Cluster 3), Widening and Strengthening ERA Horizontal Pillar and MSCA (Doctoral Networks, Staff Exchanges and COFUND).

T: 01 716 4057
E: Email Margaret

Chantal Keijzer
EU Research Administrator

Chantal provides specialised proposal support for Horizon Europe in the areas of Health (Cluster 1), Digital, Industry and Space (Cluster 4), and European Innovation Council.

T: 01 716 4027
E: Email Chantal

Research Partners Team

The Research Partners team advise and support academic leaders in the development of medium to long-term plans across UCD’s major research themes. Specifically, the team works on developing strategic elements of major funding proposals and they complement the work of the Research Programmes team.

Dr Colm McMahon
Senior Manager - Research Partners

Colm leads the Research Partners team, which provides strategic support for UCD's major research themes. Colm is also the first point of contact for major proposals that are outside of these major research themes.

T: 01 716 4028
E: Email Colm

Kevin Murphy
Research Partner, ICT & Data Science

The ICT partner works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the ICT and Data Science theme.

T: 01 716 4019
E: Email Kevin

Dr Loraine Smith
Research Partner, Health

Loraine works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Health theme.

T: 01 716 4061
E: Email Loraine

Justin Synnott
Research Partner, Culture, Economy & Society

Justin works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Culture, Economy and Society theme.

T: 01 716 8324
E: Email Justin

Sinéad McGinley
Research Partner, Agri-food

Sinéad works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic and major proposals within the Agri-Food theme.

Knowledge Transfer Team

The Knowledge Transfer team work with the UCD research community to identify, protect and commercialise the intellectual property arising from UCD research programmes.

Dr Ciaran O’Beirne
Manager, Knowledge Transfer

Ciaran leads the knowledge transfer team responsible for identifying, protecting and commercialising intellectual property (IP) either through licensing and/or new venture creation, negotiating IP terms in agreements and supporting research proposals.

T: 01 716 3713
E: Email Ciaran

Dr Stephen Donoghue
Case Manager, Knowledge Transfer

Stephen is responsible for managing the identification, protection and commercialisation of University College Dublin research outputs within the environment area.

T: 01 716 3720
E: Email Stephen

Dr Hugh Hayden
Case Manager, Knowledge Transfer

Hugh is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the physical sciences research areas.

T: 01 716 3725
E: Email Hugh

Dr Tony Donnelly
Case Manager, Knowledge Transfer

Tony is a Case Manager for Technology Transfer and is responsible for managing the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the ICT research area.

T: 01 716 3727
E: Email Tony

Dr Stacey Kelly
Case Manager, Knowledge Transfer

Stacey is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the agriculture, food and veterinary research areas.

T: 01 716 3705
E: Email Stacey

Dr Ena Walsh
Case Manager, Knowledge Transfer

Ena is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the life and medical sciences research area

T: 01 716 3706
E: Email Ena

John Wrigley
Administrative Assistant, Knowledge Transfer

John provides administrative support to the knowledge transfer team and assists in the financial management of NovaUCD.

T: 01 716 3721
E: Email John

Innovation Operations & Facilities
Helen McGrath
Operations Manager

Helen has responsibility for managing the incubator at NovaUCD, the centre at NexusUCD, and the financial management at UCD Innovation.

T: 01 716 3711
E: Email Helen

Santiago Astorga
Facilities Manager

Santiago supports the client companies based at NovaUCD and NexusUCD and he is responsible for the management of the physical facilities of both of these centres.

T: 01 716 3717
E: Email Santiago

Research Analytics & Impact Team

The Research Analytics and Impact team helps to promote the research reputation of the university, embed a culture of research impact throughout the university, and inform research strategy and performance through advanced analytics. 

Liam Cleere
Senior Manager – Research Analytics & Impact

Liam leads the Research Analytics and Impact team.

T: 01 716 4058
E: Email Liam

Caroline Byrne
Communications Manager, Research

Caroline leads the design, development and delivery of strategic online communications initiatives to profile research in University College Dublin, to a range of national and international audiences.

T: 01 716 4005
E: Email Caroline

Dr Dimitrios-Stavros Kapetanakis
Senior Project Manager

Dimitrios-Stavros is responsible for the information gathering, tendering and first phase implementation of a new IT based RMS Grants system.

T: 01 716 4048
E: Email Dimitrios-Stavros

David Bennett
Research Impact Officer

David is responsible for developing and implementing a range of initiatives to support and embed a culture of research impact in the university.

T: 01 716 4030
E: Email David

Prateek Paul
Research Systems Analyst

Prateek is responsible for supporting research information systems, and developing analytics and reporting on research activity.

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Dr Emma Dorris
Public Engagement / PPI Project Officer

Emma is responsible for developing and implementing a range of activities to support and embed Public and Patient Involvement in research and Public Engagement.

T: 01 716 4048
E: Email Emma

Industry, New Ventures Engagement & Communications
Simon Factor
Senior Manager, New Ventures

Simon is responsible for the development and funding of new knowledge intensive ventures.

T: 01 716 3728
E: Email Simon

Caroline Gill
Innovation Education Manager

Caroline is responsible for providing and supporting a variety of innovation related education programmes and initiatives across the University which also includes outreach to second-level education.

T: 01 716 3715
E: Email Caroline

Micéal Whelan
Communications Manager, Innovation

Micéal is responsible for communicating UCD’s innovation objectives, activities and achievements to internal and external stakeholders using a variety of communication channels.

T: 01 716 3712
E: Email Micéal

Michelle Doyle
Research and Innovation Engagement Manager

Michelle is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic engagement initiatives across multiple stakeholder groups.

T: 01 716 3716
E: Email Michelle

ConsultUCD
Elizabeth Nolan
Head of Consultancy Services, ConsultUCD

Elizabeth is responsible for developing a professional and commercial managed consultancy service to facilitate access and support engagement between business, industry and UCD. This includes facilitating and supporting UCD academics and professional staff to engage in consultancy with external clients.

T: 01 716 3714
E: Email Elizabeth

Marian O'Dea
Consultancy Services Executive

Marian works with academics and external clients, and supports the development of professional consultancy services at UCD.

T: 01 716 3707
E: Email Marian

Call-specific contacts
Funding AgencyScheme / CallContact personEmailExt.
Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM) DAFM Research call Claire Kavanagh c.kavanagh@ucd.ie 4035
Enterprise Ireland (EI) EI Innovation Partnerships
EI Commercialisation Fund
Claire Kavanagh c.kavanagh@ucd.ie 4035
EI Financial Support for ERC Applicants Maire Coyle maire.coyle@ucd.ie 4014 
EI Financial Support for Marie Sklodowska Curie Applicants Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
EI Financial Support for LEIT, Societal Challenge applicants EU Office euresearchoffice@ucd.ie  
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA Research call Dr Colleen Thomas colleen.thomas@ucd.ie 4062
Horizon 2020 H2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT):
  • Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing and Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • SPACE
  • Research Infrastructures

H2020 Societal Challenges:
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
EU Office euresearchoffice@ucd.ie  
H2020
European Research Council (ERC)
Advanced Grants
Starting Grants
Consolidator Grants
Proof of Concept
Maire Coyle maire.coyle@ucd.ie 4014 
H2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions Marie Sklodowska-Curie  − Individual Fellowships (IF)

Margherita Castronovo margherita.castronovo@ucd.ie 4059
  Marie Sklodowska-Curie − Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Marie Sklodowska-Curie − Innovation Staff Exchange Scheme (RISE)
EU Office euresearchoffice@ucd.ie  
European Commission Non-Framework Programmes including, but not limited to:
3rd Health Programme
INTERREG
Justice Programme
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
Consumer Programme
Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
Health Research Board (HRB) Applied Partnership Awards (APA)
Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Investigator Led projects
Applying Research into Policy& Practice Postdoctoral fellowship (ARPP)
Dr Colleen Thomas colleen.thomas@ucd.ie 4062
Emerging Investigator Awards Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
US-Ireland R&D Partnership Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Awards (DIFA) Margherita Castronov margherita.castronovo@ucd.ie 4059 
Irish Research Council (IRC)        
IRC Government of Ireland Post-doc/Post graduate schemes
IRC EPS Post-doc/Post graduate schemes
Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
IRC Policy & Society Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
IRC Ulysses France/Ireland Travel Dr Colleen Thomas colleen.thomas@ucd.ie 4062
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) SFI Future Research Leaders
SFI Research Professorships
Maire Coyle maire.coyle@ucd.ie 4014 
SFI EPSRC Partnership
SFI NSF China Partnership
SFI Spokes and Strategic Partnerships
Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035 
SFI Future Innovator Prize Claire Kavanagh c.kavanagh@ucd.ie 4056
SFI Frontiers for the Future Claire Kavanagh c.kavanagh@ucd.ie 4056
SFI Starting Investigator Research Grants (SIRG) Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035 
SFI Industry Fellowships Monika Zwadzka monika.zawadzka@ucd.ie 4054
US-Ireland R&D Partnership Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
SFI-Royal Society University Research Fellowships Claire Kavanagh c.kavanagh@ucd.ie 4056
SFI Conferences and Workshops Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
Teagasc Teagasc Walsh fellowships Proposal Support proposalsupport@ucd.ie 4035
Wellcome Trust All schemes Claire Kavanagh c.kavanagh@ucd.ie 4056