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Creating a Culture for Responsible Conduct of Research

UCC is committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of our research. Good research practices are based on fundamental principles of Research Integrity such as:

  • Reliability in ensuring the quality of research, reflected in the design, the methodology, the analysis and the use of resources.
  • Honesty in developing, undertaking, reviewing, reporting and communicating research in a transparent, fair, full and unbiased way.
  • Respect for colleagues, research participants, society, ecosystems, cultural heritage and the environment.
  • Accountability for the research from idea to publication, for its management and organisation, for training, supervision and mentoring, and for its wider impacts.

This award recognises exceptional efforts made by researchers to foster a culture of responsible conduct of research at UCC. Such efforts can be focused broadly or more specifically in the areas of:

  • Good research practices and ethics.
  • Data management.
  • Publications and authorships.
  • Mentoring and supervision.

Nominations can be made by any UCC staff member.

Evaluation Criteria


Relevant Achievements

  • Attainment and consistency of high-level achievements for a period appropriate to career stage and award category (for the calendar year 2023).



Research Excellence

  • Innovative thinking.
  • National and International recognition of excellence (peer esteem indicators).
  • Evidence of collaborative engagement with external stakeholders and the community.
  • Published outputs.




  • Encouragement and promotion of young researchers, including postgraduates.
  • Cultural, economic and societal impact of research.
  • Research communication.
  • Interdisciplinary impact.


Previous Winners

Year Awardee College/School/Department/Centre/Institute

Professor Christian Waeber

Biological Services Unit

Department of Pharmacology & Thereapeutics


2022 Dr Aoife Coffey UCC Library

Dr Ciara Heavin
Dr Kenneth Burns

Social Research Ethics Committee

Ms Liz Hales
Dr Elizabeth Kiely

Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation
School of Applied Social Studies

Dr Darren Dahly

Clinical Research Facility

Dr Mike Murphy

School of Applied Psychology

Research & Innovation Awards

Gradaim Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

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