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We are delighted to announce BD Research Centre Ireland’s (RCI) STEM-Stars competition returns for its 3rd year. To introduce ourselves, we are a global medical technology company with over 70,000 associates. With a reputation as an innovative leader, we are driven by our Purpose of advancing the world of health. At BD, whether you are an engineer, scientist or technician, whether you work in Marketing, Finance or Human Resources, everyone’s role and contributions improve and save lives.

This school competition aims to inspire and encourage students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. People who pioneer and create in these areas are capable of incredible advances in the world of health. BD support programs that foster future talent and as such feel passionate about community-based initiatives like STEM Stars.

To date, STEM Stars has been open to schools within Co. Limerick and Co. Clare. However, given its success combined with our desire to support additional communities we are delighted to announce the inclusion of Co. Tipperary.

Last year, amongst exceptional innovative entries, Desmond College NCW won first prize, with a particularly creative and life-enhancing project aimed at tackling teen obesity. Read more on past events.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Limerick and Clare, Education and Training Board (LCETB) for their valued contributions and continued support in the success of this initiative.

2021 Competition Brief

Identify a key health care problem and explain how you would solve or improve it using STEM subjects. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for students to stretch and expand their creative capabilities and we encourage teachers to get students involved. Registration deadline is Nov 19th 2021. Project submission deadline is Feb 18th 2022. Details on registration, what we’re looking for and Terms and Conditions are all below.

We look forward to seeing your entry!

Participating in STEM Stars really showed me how to unlock my project’s full potential. A very worthwhile experience for me!

Oisín O’Sullivan, Student


1st place


The winner of the competition will receive €10,000 for their school to support STEM and innovation.

2nd place


Runner up will receive €6,000 for their school to support STEM and innovation.

3rd place


Runner up will receive €4,000 for their school to support STEM and innovation.


In order to participate, you must register for the competition. Registration closes Nov 19th, 2021. To register simply send us an e-mail ( with: school name, STEM teacher’s name, contact e-mail, phone number, and name of the project. After registration, you will be supplied with an individual username and password with a link to upload your submission.

Click here to read more about our the registration process.

Learn more about STEM Stars Competition!

For us, STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths—are all about advancing the world of health™.




The BD STEM Stars experience has been absolutely amazing. It gave me the opportunity to interact with people from around Limerick and Clare who have done some incredible work across a huge variety of areas. The scientists working at BD really encouraged me to develop my love of STEM!

Niamh O’Connor, Student



RCI (Research Centre Ireland) is a new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the beautiful University of Limerick campus. As one of 4 Enterprise R&D hubs serving multiple business units, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of integrated hardware, software, and technology-based services in order to support BD worldwide. We currently support 6 business units across BD’s Medical, Lifesciences and Interventional segments. Read more >

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