Shortlist of finalists for KTI Annual Impact Awards announced

14th March 2018

– Innovation in Deep Space materials, equine genetic testing, cleantech and food technology are recognised –

A thermo-optical coating developed to protect spacecrafts; a DNA test to predict horseracing performance potential; one of Europe’s ‘top five cleantech start-ups’; and a high-protein dairy snack bar have today (14.03.18) been announced in the shortlist of finalists for the annual Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards.

KTI is the national office that helps business to benefit from access to expertise and technology by making it simple to connect and engage with the research base in Ireland. 

Today, the organisation announced the 15 entries from across the country that have been shortlisted for the 2018 Impact Awards, which celebrate and recognise excellence in knowledge transfer for the wider benefit of the economy and society. 

The shortlist includes six universities, four Institutes of Technology and a number of other research performing organisations from across Ireland. 

An international judging panel – comprised of Irish and international experts in knowledge transfer and industry – considered award entries across six categories: 

  1. Collaborative Research Impact
  2. Consultancy Impact
  3. Licence2Market Impact
  4. Spin-out Company Impact
  5. Knowledge Transfer Initiative
  6. Knowledge Transfer Achiever

Announcing the Impact Awards shortlist, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Dr. Alison Campbell said: “The Impact Awards highlight Ireland's knowledge transfer and research commercialisation successes and the people who make them happen. 

“They are also an opportunity for us to demonstrate the wider impact of knowledge transfer activities: collaborations between enterprise and academia don’t just lead to new business ventures and job creation; they also contribute to the sustainable development of our society and economy.”

The KTI Impact awards ceremony will be held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Thursday, 26th April 2018. Full details of the finalists are available at: