Nine Candidates announced for the 2020 US Ireland Research Innovation Awards

  • Release Date: 12/11/2020

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.

We will also be presenting our Special Recognition Award to the Washington Ireland Program 

The Presentation will begin at 12.30 on Thursday 10 December and conclude by 13.40 – you can register HERE and please feel free to forward this registration to a guest.

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.”


Waterford IT/Boston Scientific Clonmel
A partnership involving South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre based at Waterford Institute of Technology and Boston Scientific Clonmel resulted in the development of a novel interactive database and an in-situ monitoring system for determining the best build process parameters to produce good quality 3D printed parts
Ulster University/Avellino Labs
A research collaboration in which Avellino and Ulster University have joined forces to fight blindness. Developing & delivering worldwide partner molecular diagnostics & therapeutics
Microsoft Ireland
Microsoft Ireland’s DreamSpace is an immersive, research-based STE(A)M experience for students & teacher to enhance their STEM skills, develop their understanding of Machine Learning & AI concepts, promote an understanding of the technology sector career pathways, and support and inform classroom curriculum development.

Talent Pipeline Development through Strategic Engagements with Universities; a tailored and managed interaction between Intel, students and Faculty, leading to an informed and engaged talent pipeline for future job opportunities, and vibrant relationships with useful results.

PepsiCo/University College Cork
PepsiCo Ireland’s Million Women Mentors (MWM) program with UCC and CIT seeks to redress under-representation of females in STEM careers in Ireland, fostering career development through mentoring female STEM undergraduates and graduates. PepsiCo mentors support build confidence and guide students to pursue STEM careers.
Boston Scientific Clonmel
TACTRA™ Malleable Penile Prosthesis is a next-generation device used to treat erectile dysfunction. This US-Ireland Research & Innovation in Boston Scientific has already transformed patients’ lives
Boston Scientific Cork
This highly automated and innovative process enabled volume production of disposable Orca Valves, designed to minimise the risk of Patient Infection. Cleaning of valves used in Endoscopes is extremely difficult and a high volume, low cost single use valve was a key market need
IBM Research
Foresight is a machine learning system for forecasting and what-if analysis of forced displacement for the humanitarian sector developed by the Danish Refugee Council and IBM
IBM Research
Protecting vital public health programs with Artificial Intelligence. When dollars intended for public health programs are lost to Fraud Waste or Abuse (FWA), vulnerable citizens are ultimately the victims. Our AI system can detect FWA by applying automatically-extracted healthcare policy knowledge to healthcare bills