• Paul Fingleton

KTI Annual Impact Award finalists include ground-breaking new technologies

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) announced today announced the shortlist of finalists for the annual KTI Impact Awards, which will be held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Thursday 30th March. The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in knowledge transfer carried out in Irish Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and publicly funded research organisations across 7 categories.

KTI is the national office that helps business to benefit from access to Irish expertise and technology by making it simple to connect and engage with the research base in Ireland. The Impact Awards recognise excellence in industry engagement and commercialisation of research and they pay tribute to the businesses and research performing organisations involved in knowledge transfer.

Entrants included 7 universities, 4 Institutes of Technology and a number of other research performing organisations from around the country.


“The Impact Awards are about acknowledging and celebrating Ireland's knowledge transfer and research commercialisation successes and the people who make them happen - the on-the-ground staff in technology transfer offices and industry liaison offices around the country. This year we received a record number of entries across seven categories from Universities, Institutes of Technology and similar research organisations. The judging panel, made up of Irish and international experts in the field, commented on this high standard of submissions. The calibre of submissions reflects the long term investment to support knowledge transfer and to strengthen the technology transfer profession. Ireland is now home to the highest number of RTTP (Registered Technology Transfer Professionals) per capita in the world”.

- Dr Alison Campbell, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland


Finalists included a wide variety of projects with economic and societal benefits. For example, Teagasc’s new technology licensed to Ornua will transform cheese-making manufacturing, opening up significant export markets in the Middle East. DCU collaborated with Intel and Croke Park on an Internet of Things “Smart Stadium” initiative which has been expanded to include Microsoft and over 30 SME’s. One of the University of Limerick shortlisted entries was the license of technology to UK based Crescent Ops Ltd that has led to the development of a new low cost fingernail test for bone fragility which enables the more effective diagnosis of osteoporosis.

The judging panel made up of international and Irish experts looked at industry engagement and commercialisation of research across the following categories;

  • Collaborative Research Impact Award

  • Consultancy Impact Award

  • Licence2Market Impact Award

  • Spin-out Company Impact Award

  • Mature Spin-out Company Impact Award

  • Knowledge Transfer Initiative of the Year Award

  • Knowledge Transfer Achiever of the Year Award

Source: List of 2017 KTI Impact Finalists