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 2023 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 Innovation awards will be made by Commercialisation Case Managers, from UCC’s IP and commercialisation portfolio. If you would like your innovation activity to be considered, please contact your case manager.

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.

Evaluation Panel

  • Dr Sally Cudmore, Director of UCC Innovation
  • Michael Lucey - Patent Attorney and Director Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property
  • Dr Siobhán Jordan - Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation at Teagasc
  • Donal Daly - CEO Future Planet and UCC Entrepreneur-In-Residence

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 & Innovation Awards

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