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Research Support Person of the Year

This award recognises that person (research coordinators, managers, administrators, etc.) who most contributed to the successful execution of research carried out by an individual, project, department, institute or centre in the calendar year 2023. 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

Dr Sonia Monteiro

Office of Research Grants & Contracts (Support Team)

Environmental Research Institute

UCC Finance Office


Mr Martin O'Connell
Dr Seán Lucey

IPIC, Tyndall National Institute
College of Business and Law


Dr Louise Burgoyne
Ms Saba Loftus

Tyndall National Institute
APC Microbiome Ireland


Ms Eileen Hurley

Tyndall National Institute


Mr Hugh Smiddy
Dr Tomás Mac Conmara

Tyndall National Institute
Cork Folklore Project


Mary Hough
Dr Seán Lucey

Tyndall National Institute
College of Business and Law


Ms Julie Donnelly

Tyndall National Institute


Dr Allen White

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Ms Catherine Walsh

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