The President's Award for Research Impacting the Sustainable Development Goals

Through the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, UCC is ranked the 6th most sustainable university in the world and is proud to be Ireland’s greenest University. In 2018, UCC was the first University outside of North America to be awarded a Gold Star from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Through this award, the President honours UCC researchers and/or research teams whose research drives the sustainability agenda and progresses UCC’s leadership in this space. Sustainability should be explicitly embedded in the research and its outcomes, including relevance to the advancement of one or more UN SDGs.

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 Company
2022 Dr Alicia Mateos Cárdenas School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
2021 Dr Ger Mulally Department of Sociology and Criminology (Imagining 2050)

Research & Innovation Awards

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