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US / Ireland Research Innovation Awards

US / Ireland Research Innovation Awards

Recognising excellence in research innovation and invention that has occurred in Ireland as a result of US foreign direct investment.

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Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and KPMG Managing Partner, Seamus Hand

Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and KPMG Managing Partner, Seamus Hand

The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards are a joint initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland.

The awards recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by an organisation, as a result of US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland.

The awards are presented on an all-island basis and applications are invited from:

  • The Irish (island of Ireland) operations of a US headquartered and controlled multinational company
  • A Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Centre or institute based on the island of Ireland with links to the US corporate sector
  • An Irish Micro Enterprise or SME with links to the US corporate sector

Find out more on the American Chamber website.

2019 Winners

The awards ceremony was held in Dublin with 700 guests in attendance. Among the audience were former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, leaders of many of the US companies in Ireland, representatives from academia and a range of Irish and international business leaders.

The multinational award went to FotoNation for a driver monitoring system aimed at saving lives and creating safer roads. The small medium enterprise award went to Allergy Standards for developing the world’s first scientific standards for consumer products to determine their capability to improve air quality and achieve asthma and allergy friendly certification. The higher educational institute award went to the Institute of Technology Tralee for a programme that helps the fitness industry embrace diversity and provide services to people with disabilities. A special recognition award went to IDA Ireland for their outstanding contribution to inward investment.

Speaking about our support of the awards, KPMG’s Managing Partner, Seamus Hand, said: “We’re delighted to again support the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards and their recognition of the world-class innovation and invention that is happening all around Ireland as a result of FDI. The contribution of this investment is very important to Ireland’s economy, sustains thousands of high quality jobs and provides significant opportunities for domestic businesses. The calibre of the winners of this year’s awards, and those shortlisted, is testament to the quality of Ireland’s creative culture and we’re proud to be involved in formally recognising their outstanding achievements.” 

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