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Engaged Research of the Year

Engaged Research is an umbrella term for a wide range of rigorous research approaches and methodologies that share a common interest in collaborative engagement with society for impact. Engaged Research aims to improve, understand, or investigate an issue of public interest or concern, including societal challenges where community partners are active collaborative participants in the research process. In this context, community partners refer to a range of public research stakeholders, including public service, policy makers, civil society organisations (NGO’s / CSOs, citizens) and other actors.

This award recognises achievement by UCC researchers and/or research teams in the calendar year 2023, through the employment of an engaged research approach to address issues of societal interest. Nominations can be made by any UCC staff member and the seconder needs to be an external partner.

Evaluation Criteria




  • Evidence of collaborative engagement with external societal / community stakeholders.
  • Evidence of stakeholder involvement throughout the research process, and co-creation / co-production processes (see Campus Engage Methods and Approaches).
  • Societal / community feedback on the research engagement process.



Societal Benefit

  • Demonstrates achieved, or potential to achieve societal benefit according to Campus Engage Engaged Research Planning for Impact categories.
  • Clearly identifies research significance and who has benefited from the research – agencies/organisations/groups/people.
  • Includes sources to corroborate benefit, e.g. publications, reports, policy documents, case studies, news articles, videos, emails, testimonials.

Previous Winners

Year Awardee College/School/Department/Centre

Dr Katharina Swirak

Professor Patricia Leahy-Warren

Department of Sociology and Criminology

School of Nursing & Midwifery

2022 Professor Maggie O'Neill

Department of Sociology and Criminology

2021 Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir

MaREI (Dingle Peninsula 2030)

Research & Innovation Awards

Gradaim Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

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