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President’s Research Excellence and Impact Awards

The President’s Research Excellence and Impact Awards recognise staff at all University levels who have made outstanding contributions in the excellence and impact of their research (beyond academia).

There are two categories of Research Excellence and Impact Awards:

Outstanding Research Collaboration

This award celebrates the achievements of research collaborations by recognising their excellent research that delivers impact and an outstanding contribution to their field. Collaborations will differ among disciplines and can be composed of staff from all career stages as well as external partners and academic collaborators. Multidisciplinary collaborations are encouraged to be considered for the award. Eligible collaboration applications must be led by a University of Limerick staff member who is an employee of the University at the time of the award presentation.

Prize: President’s Research Excellence and Impact medal and €5,000 research funding.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 23rd October 2020

Nomination form 

Early Career Researcher

This award celebrates individuals in the early stages of their research career, defined as those who have held a post that includes responsibility for developing their own research agenda. Applicants are eligible for this award if they have 10 years or less experience since completion of their PhD (as of the closing date for applications).

Prize: President’s Research Excellence and Impact medal and €5,000 research funding.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 12th March 2021.

Application Form: Early Career Researcher Application Form

Useful guides:

Guide to preparing a research impact case study

Contribution Analysis: an approach to exploring cause and effect 

Application and award process

  1. Applications are made by email to using the appropriate form.
  2. The applicant for Early Career Researcher must be a current University of Limerick employee at the time of the award.
  3. In the case of Early Career Researcher Award, previous applications (excluding winners of that category) may be re-submitted for the awards in subsequent years, subject to their meeting the relevant eligibility criteria.
  4. The lead applicant for Outstanding Research Collaboration must be a current University of Limerick employee at the time of the award, however the other collaborators (e.g. academic, research, industry, community) listed on the application can be external to the organisation or previous employees.
  5. Applications for the Outstanding Research Collaboration award must be accompanied by letters of support (a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 with each letter to be up to a maximum of 2 pages in length).
  6. In the case of the Outstanding Research Collaboration, previous lead applicant award winners may not re-apply for the same category of award until at least 3 years have passed since their previous success.
  7. Applicants are advised to stay within the word-count limit set on the forms. Submitted forms which exceed word-count limits will be disregarded.


The President’s Research Excellence and Impact awards will be judged by the Research Impact Committee and will make recommendations to the President and Vice President Research for ratification. The panel will evaluate the eligible applications based on their demonstration of excellent research and articulated impact (beyond academia).


Evidence of a sustained body of excellent research outputs within a discipline or beyond.


Clearly articulated and evidence-based impact(s) of the research outputs. The reach and significance of the impact should be well articulated and evidenced. Research impact can be defined as “the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy”.1 This definition refers to ‘excellent research’; in other words, research that is recognised internationally for its originality, significance and/or rigour. For early stage researchers the focus can also be on ‘potential impact’ and ‘pathways to impact’ as appropriate.

1 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), website. Accessed 08 May 2019