2020 Research Innovation Awards


The shortlisted organisations in the running for the 2020 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards were announced today. The event will be broadcast on December 10th with speakers including Irish Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and Minster for Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris.
The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards are a joint initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Irish Academy. Now in their sixth year, 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 kindly sponsored by KPMG and Ulster Bank with media support from The Irish Times.
The awards are presented in three categories: The Irish operations of US headquartered and controlled multinational company
Irish Higher Education Institute or Research Centre with US corporate links
Innovation in Talent Development 

The nine candidates across the three categories are:
Irish Operations of a US Multinational
Boston Scientific Clonmel
Boston Scientific Cork
IBM Research Foresight
IBM Research AI in Healthcare
Higher Educational Institute
Waterford Institute of Technology /Boston Scientific Clonmel
Ulster University/Avellino Labs
Innovation in Talent Development
Microsoft Ireland
American Chamber CEO Mark Redmond said:
“Our shortlisted teams showcase the leading edge innovation taking place across Ireland in US companies, higher education institutes and in the area of talent development more broadly. The exciting advances we are seeing coming through stand as a testament to the value of collaboration in teams and partnerships between smaller research focused organisations, start-ups, MNCs and academic research groups”
President of the Royal Irish Academy Dr Mary Canning said:
‘Every year the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards highlight the remarkable standards of innovative research taking place in Ireland as a direct result of US FDI here. The 2020 shortlisted entries demonstrate innovations, developed on the island of Ireland that enrich lives and benefit society, globally'
Commenting, Ulster Bank’s Head of Corporate Banking Glenn Shanley, said:
“Ireland is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, pushing through expectations in order to grow further and gain a competitive edge. Ulster Bank is proud to work with so many of these companies, as we learn from each other to ultimately benefit all our customers. We are equally proud to support the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards once again, highlighting the significant accomplishments underpinned by US foreign direct investment, which put Ireland at the centre of the global innovation stage.”
Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland:
“The level of FDI driven innovation in Ireland is hugely impressive. At KPMG we’re fortunate to work with so many of these innovation led businesses helping them achieve their ambitions. The calibre of this year’s awards shortlist is testament to the companies embracing evolving technologies in their R&D programmes. From pharma, 3D printing and automation to AI and machine learning, having the expertise here in Ireland to carry out such innovation is of ever increasing importance in attracting high value investment.”