Winners Announced for 2019 US Ireland Research Innovation Awards


The overall winners of the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards, jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy were announced at the recent Chamber’s Annual Dinner in the Clayton Burlington Hotel. Read on to find out who won:

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FotoNation, Allergy Standards and UNESCO Chair, Institute of Technology Tralee were the chosen winners, here's a little bit of background about each of the winning companies.

UNESCO Chair, Institute of Technology Tralee

The higher educational institute award went to Unesco Chair Institute of Technology Tralee for a programme that provides resources to enable the fitness industry to embrace diversity and provide a quality, accessible service to people with disabilities.

Allergy Standards

The small medium enterprise award went to Allergy Standards, which developed the world’s first scientific standards for consumer products to determine their capability to improve indoor air quality and achieve asthma and allergy friendly certification.


Finally, the multinational award went to FotoNation, which developed a driver monitoring system aimed at saving lives and creating safer roads all over the world.

Almost 700 guests gathered as the awards were presented in front of an audience of senior business leaders of many of the US companies in Ireland, representatives from academia and leaders including former Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

At the event, the American Chamber presented a special recognition award to IDA Ireland for their “outstanding contribution to inward investment and creating a global Ireland”.

Former Taoiseach Mr Kenny said that in spite of the “turbulent global political landscape”, the Republic and the US would “always have a special relationship”.

“We have shown that our doors will remain open to welcome and support US businesses to Ireland,” he said.

“The investment relationship between the two countries is a two-way street. The activities of US companies in Ireland complement and add value to the activities of their parent companies back home.”

Commenting on the evening, Managing Director of Ulster Bank’s Commercial Banking Division, Eddie Cullen, said:

“As a strong supporter of innovation, Ulster Bank is proud to recognise the world-class products, services and partnerships that are being created in Ireland as a result of US foreign direct investment. We nurture and value an entrepreneurial culture, both inside and outside the Bank, which shows how much can be achieved through innovative partnerships and collaboration, and helps us create real solutions to benefit our customers. The high level of talent and creativity on display at this year’s awards will ensure Ireland’s place as a global leader in innovation and we believe it is important to shine a light on these accomplishments.”

The event was sponsored by Ulster Bank, KPMG and media partner The Irish Times.



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