What we are looking for

Entries should demonstrate a range of different criteria as outlined below. Please reference these headings when drafting your entry.

Commitment to road safety – Projects must demonstrate commitment to saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our roads. Initiatives will be judged based on evidence provided of long term commitment. Initiatives which have not been fully rolled out or where there is no clear evidence of a willingness to commit will not be considered.

Replicability – Projects must be designed to allow replication country wide in the event that there is interest from any other individual/group or organisation in running a similar initiative.

A high level of teamwork and partnership amongst participant groups – We are looking for evidence of teamwork, partnerships and collaboration between diverse groups.  Projects should demonstrate links with a range of relevant organisations to include key community and voluntary interests, learners, employers and relevant state agencies.

Evidence of outcomes – Projects should ideally be able to demonstrate evidence of positive changes in behaviour. Any supporting materials ie photographs, CDs, USB or DVDs you submit cannot be returned. One of our evaluation team will be in touch with you if clarification is needed on any aspect of your communication.

** Please note** Any additional supporting material is limited to 2 video files or 2 audio files or 4 photographic images or any reasonable combination of all. Entries that exceed this limit will be subject to the discretion of the evaluation team.

Judging & Awards Ceremony

Judging process
The judging will take place in two stages. First, the applications will be shortlisted by an internal judging panel in the RSA. The panel will select three entries in each award category to go forward to the final judging process.

The shortlisted entries will then be judged by a panel of high profile individuals.

There will be one award presented in each category and one of these category award winners will be presented with an overall Supreme Award. This will be presented to an individual or group for the most innovative and outstanding road safety initiative, or for their leadership and exemplary dedication to the area of road safety.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 14th December 2016 in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park.

What do the winners receive?

  • A specially commissioned award, hand engraved with their details;
  • An invitation to those involved in the winning projects to the Leading Lights Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 14th December at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
  • Publicity for the winning projects on the RSA website and in local, regional and national newspapers.

Important dates to remember

Monday 29th August Call for entries
Monday 10th October Closing Date for ADI entries
Tuesday 1st November Closing date for entries into all other categories
Wednesday 14th December  Awards ceremony at Farmleigh House,Dublin


Further information

For further information on the ‘Leading Lights’ awards please contact Aisling Leonard by email at leadinglights@rsa.ie .