Congratulations to all Winners of Science Foundation Ireland Awards.

Researcher of the Year Award

The Science Foundation Ireland awards takes place each year to recognise the accomplishments of an SFI-funded researcher who has contributed significantly to the Irish research community in their career and/or who has achieved exceptional research outputs in the last 12 months.

2018 Winner: Professor John Boland

Nominations should be based on

  • overall research accomplishments which they believe has achieved exceptional scientific and engineering research outputs
  • significant contribution to the Irish research community
  • demonstrated a strong ability to communicate their research.


Research Image of the Year Award

The Research Image competition celebrates images captured by Science Foundation Ireland-funded researchers during the course of their research.

2018 Winner: Dr Sithara Sreenilayam Pavithran


Best Reported Impact
This award is to recognise a Science Foundation Ireland-funded researcher who has most clearly demonstrated the potential impact arising from their SFI-funded research.


The winning statement will be in lay, non-technical language. It will be succinct yet provide sufficient detail including approaches to engage beneficiaries and appropriate milestones and deliverables.

Science Foundation Ireland will shortlist candidates from their Impact Statements which were submitted as part of their 2017 annual reporting. An independent panel will then review the shortlist to make the award.

2018 Winner: Professor Jane Farrar & Professor Gianpiero Cavalleri

Early Career Researcher of the Year
The Early Career Researcher Award is to recognise outstanding early career research talent. Nominees should be
  • a Science Foundation Ireland funded investigator or team member
  • in the early stage of their research career
  • be individuals who are making a significant contribution to their field of research
  • be able to demonstrate the potential to achieve world-leading status
  • have shown excellent ability in the communication of their research
2018 Winner: Professor Tomas Ryan
Industry Partnership Award
This award is to recognise and celebrate collaboration between academic research groups and industry supported by Science Foundation Ireland. Nominations should demonstrate how the collaboration benefited both the academic research group(s) and the company(s).

2018 Winner: Dr Ivan O'Connell
Entrepreneurship Award
This award recognises an entrepreneurial or innovation leadership achievement that has led to a demonstrable commercial impact. The award will be presented to an individual researcher or research group that is currently, or that has previously been, supported by SFI. The award celebrates the important role of entrepreneurship in translating publicly funded research to market and serves to underline the importance of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland’s academic research and innovation ecosystem.

The award will be presented to an individual or group who
  • have previously been or currently are SFI supported
  • have demonstrated innovation and leadership
  • have had a clear commercial impact of their business, product or services.
2018 Winner: Professor Eoin Casey
Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication
The Science Foundation Ireland Award for STEM Public Engagement and Communication recognises outstanding contribution to the popularisation of science, in particular where it raises public awareness of the value of science to human progress.

2018 Winner: Dr Niamh Shaw & Dr John O'Donoghue
Best International Engagement
This award recognises the accomplishments of a Science Foundation Ireland-funded researcher/group specifically in the context of their international activities.  The successful nominee(s) will be recognised for their strategic vision and have demonstrated an ability to drive and grow impactful collaborations (industry/academic) between their research team(s) in another country(ies). The nominations are judged on:
  • The clear development of international collaborations (academic/industry) to demonstrable relationships, for example, joint publications, significant team mobility, co-funded projects
  • The success of the nominee in influencing their institutes’ international strategy/engagement policies or processes.
  • Their ability to identify and leverage sources of domestic and international funding to support their international activities
  • The researcher’s ability and willingness to work with Ireland’s wider international stakeholder group, for example, Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Embassies and Consulates based in Ireland, Team Ireland overseas (IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia etc.)

It is not a requirement that the international engagement activity is directly attributed to a Science Foundation Ireland award, however, the nominee must be funded by Science Foundation Ireland or be part of a Science Foundation Ireland funded team.

2018 Winner:  Professor Peter O'Brien



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