Clinical Innovation Award

Cleveland Clinic
Enterprise Ireland

Overview of the “Cleveland Clinic and Enterprise Ireland Clinical Innovation Award”

The award aims to support clinicians in Ireland in the translation of their innovative ideas into benefits for the health care system and medical technologies sectors. Cleveland Clinic and Enterprise Ireland would like to recognise the importance of clinical innovation by presenting the ‘Clinical Innovation Award’.

The award will recognise innovative technologies at all stages of development from conceptearly stage research through to more advanced projects. Projects must address a gap or need in patient care. For successful projects, Enterprise Ireland can help identify engineers/scientists in the 3rd level to collaborate with to drive the opportunity forward. 


Finalists 2015

  • Dr Brendan Boland, General Practitioner affiliated with the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a minimally invasive solution to arthritis in the hand.
  • Prof Ronan Cahill, Consultant General Surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and University College Dublin, with a single device solution for access in General Surgery.
  • Mr Cyrus Doctor, Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar, affiliated with National University of Ireland, Galway, with a solution for “seamless stitches” for wound and surgical closure.


Am I Eligible?

  • Clinicians in hospitals, third level institutions and non-profit research organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Healthcare professionals such as radiologists, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists are also eligible.
  • If the clinical innovation is already in a company, the idea is not eligible for the award.
  • Applicants will have ongoing clinical commitments in the Irish health service.


This award will provide a grant of €15,000 and the opportunity to work with Cleveland Clinic and Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial feasibility of an innovative idea that could meet an unmet market need. It will explore whether the innovation could be commercialised from Ireland in national and/or international markets.  


Assessment Criteria and Evaluation Process

Proposals evaluated by Enterprise Ireland and Cleveland Clinic will consider the following:

  • The size of the commercial opportunity;
  • Advantages of the proposed solution;
  • Technical innovation in terms of both novelty and feasibility;
  • Benefit to the project of a commercial feasibility assessment.



For further information, please contact:

Noel Daly
Life Science and Food

Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park
Dublin 3
+353 1 727 2797
Noel Daly

For more information on programmes and supports for commercialisation of academic-based research, go to Researchers.