Awards & Submissions

Submissions & Nominations are now closed.  Winners will be announced at the SFI Summit on 7th November 2019.


2018 Winner: Prof. John Boland, Trinity College Dublin and SFI Research Centre AMBER

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.

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


2018 Winner: Dr Sithara Sreenilayam Pavithran, Dublin City University

The Research Image competition celebrates images captured by Science Foundation Ireland-funded researchers during the course of their research.  This Award is open to SFI funded team members including PhDs.


2018 Winner: Dr Tomás Ryan, Trinity College Dublin

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: Dr Ivan O’Connell, Tyndall National Institute

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: Prof Eoin Casey, University College Dublin

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 Joint Winners: Dr Niamh Shaw, Blackrock Castle Observatory and Cork Institute of Technology and Dr John O’Donoghue, RSC Chemistry Education Coordinator at the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin

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. This Award is also open to STEM Communicators that are not directly funded by SFI.


2018 Winner: Dr Peter O’Brien, Tyndall Photonics

This award recognises the accomplishments of a 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
  • 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.)
  • The success of the nominee in influencing their institutes’ international strategy/engagement policies or processes.


New Award for 2019

This award recognises outstanding mentorship provided by a researcher funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Eligibility criteria

The mentor must be a Principal Investigator (PI), Funded investigator (FI) or a contract research staff member (postdoc/research fellow) funded by an SFI award that was active during 2018/2019.

The mentor must be nominated for the SFI Mentorship Award by two or more individuals, one of which is, or has been, mentored by the nominee. Separate nominations must be submitted. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Evaluation criteria

To be eligible for nomination a mentor should have:

  • demonstrated a commitment to nurturing the intellectual, creative, scholarly and / or professional growth of their mentees
  • enabled their mentees to become independent and be recognised in their own right as a subject matter expert
  • shown a sustained commitment to a mentoring relationship that has supported the career progression and / or the personal development of mentees.

Registration Info!

Registration for the Science Foundation Ireland Science Summit 2019 is now open.

Science Summit 2019 is by invitation only.

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