Bioengineering Research Prize

With the Instron Bioengineering Research Prize for Ireland, we want to showcase the latest innovative research in bioengineering and medtech in the island of Ireland, which utilises materials testing as a key part of the project. If you are working in these research areas in an academic institution in Ireland or Northern Ireland, and perform static or dynamic materials testing, we want to hear from you! The top 3 entries will be awarded a prize.

Check out the winners from 2019.

Biomedical Testing Applications


Instron 68SC Single Column Table Model
1st Icon Low Force Electromechanical Testing System for your University lab and €1,000
2nd Icon €1,000
3rd Icon €500

How do you enter?

Tell us how you are using materials testing equipment in your research.

We want to know:

  • What are you testing?
  • How are you testing it?
  • Why are you testing it?

Send us a six slide presentation with:

  • Overview of your project
  • Why is it interesting to your field
  • Details of your mechanical testing, including how the test was done and what was measured

Send your submissions to [email protected].

Instron Biomedical Materials Testing Machines

Entry Requirements

  • You must be a student – undergraduate or postgraduate – or a post-doctoral researcher in an academic institution in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
  • Your research or project must be related to the fields of bio-mechanics or bio-mechanical technology and you must have used a material testing frame as a part of your research
  • You must only present your own work (group submissions are acceptable)

Please include your name, email, academic institution, department and course/research group on your cover slide. Cover slides will not be counted as part of the 6 slides of content.

The top ten presentations will be required to present to a panel of judges.

For more information please contact [email protected].

Terms and Conditions

Equipment Used
The work can be carried out on a materials testing system from Instron or another manufacturer. The make and model should be referred to in the presentation

Submission Date
The deadline for submission of entry is October 2020. Any work submitted after this time will not be considered.

Judging of the Competition
All entries will be carefully reviewed by a panel of judges within Instron.

Three prizes will be awarded: 1st place will be a low force Electromechanical testing system for your University lab and €1,000; 2nd place €1,000; 3rd place €500. The prize for group submissions will be divided equally between all group entries. Only one member of a group entry will be invited to attend the awards ceremony. Please note 1st Prize includes installation, calibration and training for up to 4 operators.

Notification of the Top Ten Presentations
Ten students (or groups) will be selected and notified by the end of October 2020 and they will be asked to deliver their presentations at an event to be hosted in Ireland in November 2020.

Presentation of the Top 3 Prizes
The winning 3 entries will be invited to an award ceremony at our Centre of Excellence in December 2020. All winning entries will be showcased on the Instron website.

2019 Winners

Darragh Walsh

1st Prize Winner
Darragh Walsh
Biomechanics and Concussion; Investigating the Role of the Cortical Meninges in Traumatic Brain Injury

Ross Blair

2nd Prize Winner
Ross Blair
Mechanical Characteristics of Poly (L-lactic acid) in Bioresorbable Coronary Stents

Robert Gaul

3rd Prize Winner
Robert Gaul
To Investigate the Strain-Dependent Collagen Degradation Mechanisms in Arterial Tissue