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Vice-President for Research & Innovation Award for Interdisciplinary Research

UCC values research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and operates at the interface between the University and society. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to research is critical to solving problems, including many problems with societal impact, and whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single disciplinary area. Celebrated by the Vice President for Research & Innovation, this award recognises and honours UCC researchers and/or research teams that undertake exceptional interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of curiosity and inquiry, 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

Professor Ciara Heavin

Department for Business Information Systems / Cork University Business School


Dr Katharina Becker
Dr James O'Sullivan

Department of Archaeology
School of English and Digital Humanities


Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin
Dr Daniela Iacopino

Department of Modern Irish
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