Researcher of the Year Awards
Researcher of the Year Awards 2021
Our call for nominations for the 2021 Researcher of the Year awards is now open. Now in their fifth year, these awards will commend the very best of our awardees and alumni who have made, or are making, highly significant and valuable contributions to knowledge, society, culture, or innovation.
This year, for the first time, the awards will also celebrate the mentors, supervisors, Research Officers, and support staff across the Irish higher education and research system (whether funded by the IRC or not). The Research Ally Prizes honour their role in supporting and sustaining the research community, and how they help to foster a positive academic culture based on equality, inclusivity, and respect.
Nominations are invited under four categories, with guidance on submitting an application available on the top right hand side of this page.
Category one — Researcher of the Year
One award will be made to a well-established and highly accomplished researcher currently working in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or a Research Performing Organisation (RPO), who is, or has previously been, a named awardee of the IRC*, and who has made an exceptional contribution to research in their field.
*This includes the IRC’s predecessors, namely the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).*
Category two — Early-Career Researcher of the Year
One award will be made to an early-career researcher currently working in research in a HEI or an RPO, who is, or previously has been, a named awardee of the IRC, and who has demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in their field at this stage in their career.
Category three — Impact Award
One award will be made to a current or former IRC-funded researcher, working within or outside a HEI/RPO, whose work has made a significant impact beyond academia. Eligible nominees need not currently be working specifically in a research-driven role.
*NEW AWARD CATEGORY FOR 2021 OPEN TO ALL RESEARCHERS IN IRELAND*
Category four — Research Ally Prizes
These prizes will be awarded to mentors, supervisors, Research Officers, and support staff in the Irish higher education system who have played a vital role in supporting the academic research community across all career-levels. Postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and academic staff are welcome to nominate the mentors, supervisors, Research Officers and support staff who have helped them in their research and careers. Nominators do not need to be based in academia at the time of their nomination.
Category 1 – 3 awardees will be presented with a commemorative plaque in late 2021. Category 4 awardees will receive an official certificate of commendation in late 2021. Due to social distancing measures related to COVID-19, the announcement will be made online through the IRC’s social media channels. The winners will also be profiled through an extensive media and online communications campaign.
Nomination forms and Guidance with further information about the nomination process are available for download from this page.
If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your host institution, which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Call open||14 July 2021|
|FAQ deadline||24 September 2021|
|Nomination deadline||4pm (Irish time) 1 October 2021|