Licence of the Year

This award will be to an academic, researcher or team whose intellectual property (IP) or know-how was licensed to industry or a spin-out company in 2022 and has the greatest potential to result in commercial and socio-economic impact for UCC and Ireland.

Nominations will be submitted by UCC Innovation team as per the eligibility criteria.

Nomination Procedure

  • Nominations for this award category will be submitted by the UCC Innovation team based on achieved metrics.

Evaluation Criteria





  • Innovative or creative thinking.
  • Potential to make major technological progress and show a high degree of inventiveness.
  • Demonstration of technology application with strong commercial potential, rather than purely scientific or technological achievement.
  • Priorities are focussed on innovations that deliver commercial outcomes.
  • Active engagement with business and/or private investment to see research applied and taken to market.



  • Demonstrate achieved, or potential to achieve, economic, social or environmental impact of the innovation.
  • National and/or International recognition of excellence.


Judging Panel

Name Position / Company
Siobhan Jordan Teagasc
Sally Cudmore Director of Innovation, UCC
Michael Lucey Purdy Lucey
Conor O’Sullivan Atlantic Bridge


Previous Winners

Year Awardee College/School/Department/Centre
2022 Dr Emma McIvor and Professor Sebastian Wieczorek School of Mathematical Sciences at UCC and  Mercy University Hospital
2021 Dr Anthony Morrissey, Dr David McGovern, Dr Ray Burke Tyndall National Institute

Research Awards

Gradaim Taighde

Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation 4th Floor Block E, Food Science Building UCC