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Research Career Achievement Award

This award may be presented on occasional basis to recognise the most outstanding overall performance, achieved over a career, by a UCC researcher. 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
2023 Professor Elke Arendt

School of Food & Nutritional Sciences


Professor John Atkins

Projessor Anita Maguire

School of Biochemistry & Cell Biology and School of Microbiology

School of Chemistry and School of Pharmacy

2021 Professor Ivan Perry School of Public Health
2020 Professor Colin Hill School of Microbiology
2019 Professor Eugene Freuder School of Computer Science & IT
2018 Professor Fergus Shanahan School of Medicine
2017 Dr Alan Mathewson Tyndall National Institute
2016 Dr Eoin O'Reilly Tyndall National Institute

Research & Innovation Awards

Gradaim Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

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