The 2017 SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal Competition is now closed. The 2018 competition will open in Q2 2017. Please subscribe to SFI’s e-alerts to receive notification of the competition.
The SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.
In 2016 the competition was further developed to include a specific award for an industry leader.
Both the industry and academic medals recognize individuals who are not only outstanding in their fields of expertise but who also have demonstrably assisted researchers in Ireland in either academia or industry – via mentorship, supervision, collaboration, industrial development, entrepreneurship or who have made significant contributions to developing the research ecosystem in Ireland.
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Minister Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has supported the Medal through the following statement:
2015 saw the publication of Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, the Government’s clear and explicit commitment to the continued support, connection and evolution of Ireland’s relationship with our Diaspora. Our Irish communities abroad, whether by birth, descent or affiliation spread the story of our nation and our achievements. The bestowal of the Nobel Prize to Donegal born Professor William C. Campbell just months ago is a prime example of the depth and wealth of this community.
As Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development I am delighted to support initiatives such as the Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal. The medal is an annual award that recognises individuals working in the USA who are not only outstanding in their fields of expertise, but who also have demonstrably assisted researchers here in Ireland. In 2016 the competition was expanded to encompass individuals not only from academia but also industry leaders, thus acknowledging the contributions from both facets of research.
I strongly encourage submissions to this award. It represents an important platform for the U.S. Academic Community and Irish Business Networks in the U.S to showcase individuals displaying excellence in mentorship, supervision, collaboration, industrial development, entrepreneurship or who have made significant contributions to developing the research ecosystem in Ireland.