Researcher of the Year

This award recognises the most outstanding contribution by a UCC researcher in their research field. Key indicators from the calendar year 2023, such as the number of publications; number of PhD and/or Master students supervised; funding grants/ patents; etc. will be considered when assessing nominations to this category. 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 School/Department/Centre/Institute
2022 Professor Paul Ross
Professor Dagmar Schiek
APC Microbiome Ireland
School of Law
2021 Professor Justin Holmes School of Chemistry
2020 Professor Claire Connolly School of English
2019 Professor Griffith Rollefson School of Music
2018 Professor Patricia Kearney School of Public Health
2017 Professor Barry O'Sullivan School Computer Science and IT

Research & Innovation Awards

Gradaim Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

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