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Now in their sixth year, The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards celebrate cutting-edge research and innovations of outstanding calibre in a range of sectors. 

The 2020 Awards is now calling for entries. Jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, they recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by an organisation, as a result of US foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland.

There are three categories to enter:

  • Irish operations of a US multinational company (MNC); 
  • higher education institution research centres or institutes (HEI);
  • and the new award for Talent Development.

Innovation in Talent Development Award

US companies and their partners in Ireland have been at the forefront of innovation, research and talent development for many years. Every global company operating here recognises that Ireland needs to nurture, attract and retain the best and brightest talent to continue to win.

Since these awards were first presented in 2015, the common denominator for all entries has been that creativity and collaboration have been fostered and developed within organisations here in Ireland.

To recognise this, the new Innovation in Talent Development Award focuses on how people can impact and be impacted by organisational transformation informed by or as a result of innovative research undertaken by a team. This means that rather than focusing on a technical output, this award recognises the process.

For instance:

  • Exemplary work that companies are doing to promote innovative approaches that transform talent in the workplace;
  • The thinking behind programmes that are developing world class talent more broadly in Ireland;
  • The methods used in projects that are investing in people and inclusive, supportive corporate cultures in companies.
  • The US Ireland Research Innovation Awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge the valuable contribution of your innovative team, while placing your research and innovation on a national stage.

Application process and key dates

Shortlisted candidates for these prestigious awards will be announced in early March, and winners will be announced at the American Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on May 22, 2020.

For further information and to apply contact awards@ria.ie. To see the stories of previous winners, click here.

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.” 

Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and KPMG Managing Partner, Seamus Hand at the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and KPMG Managing Partner, Seamus Hand at the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards