Priority Projects

Cancer Research

In Ireland, an average of 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year, with that number expected to rise to over 40,000 a year by 2020.  One in three people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer claims over 550 lives a year in Ireland, rivaling the number of deaths due to breast cancer.  The Prostate Cancer Institute, directed by Professor Frank Sullivan, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, was officially opened by President Mary McAleese in April 2011.  The Institute is working to discover new therapies and new treatments for patients who relapse and are unresponsive to available treatments.

A donation to the Prostate Cancer Institute will:

Support research into identifying the genetic markers that can predict those patients who are likely to relapse so they can be targeted with more novel and advanced treatment

Fund clinicians and scientists from the University and Hospital as they attempt to develop effective new therapies for patients with prostate cancer

Enable clinicians to have a significant impact on the quality of life of sufferers while adding to the treatment options for men with the most difficult prostate cancers.

Breast Cancer

One in ten women in Ireland will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The team in Galway, under the direction of Professor Michael Kerin, is driving real and measurable improvements in clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients. They are looking at breast cancer population genetics in order to develop and improve diagnostic techniques and treatment strategies.

A donation to breast cancer research will:

Fund qualified research scientists and clinicians to carry out research into breast cancer

Enable researchers to investigate the presence of biological markers involved in the detection, development and spread of breast cancer

Enable the purchase and maintenance of essential up-to-date laboratory research equipment for analysis of biological genes and proteins.

Autism Research - ICAN

Autism is a life-long neuro-developmental disability which affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication.  It is a ‘spectrum’ disorder meaning that the symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe.

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research is a centre of excellence for Autism developed at NUI Galway. 

Donations will fund high level research-led education and training for practitioners managing the care of persons with Autism, research that will lead to better outcomes for people with ASD or neurodevelopmental conditions.   This research will shape best practice in the areas of assessment, intervention, education and government policy.

The research includes but is not limited to:

The use of bio-feedback mechanisms in the treatment of challenging behaviour

Investigation of Reading Abilities and Behavioural Intervention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Evaluation of behavioural curricula to improve reading abilities.


The Scholarships Programme facilitates the promotion of initiatives that encourage the pursuit of academic excellence in a key research area. The Hardiman Scholarships are prestigious scholarships awarded to students who meet the highest level of academic performance.  The primary strategic aim is to attract the best students to NUI Galway and to support their development as innovative individuals who will contribute globally to economic, cultural and social development.

While a majority of these Scholarships will be awarded to European Union (EU) citizens, or to those who are ordinarily resident within a member state of the EU, a proportion of awards will also be offered to exceptional candidates who are ordinarily resident in non-EU member states

The New Creative Arts Centre

The Centre for Theatre and Performance proposes an entirely new blend of teaching programmes, performance activities, research and public engagement with the creative arts and industries.

A Performance Lab infrastructure will be established to serve the needs of the Centre with state-of-the-art facilities for performance and teaching.  It will become a dedicated hub for the university’s theatre and performing arts in Irish, English and other modern languages and it will also function as a research and activity space for a range of experimental encounters, events and outreach initiatives, open to the university community at large.

The Access Programme

The Access program at NUI Galway provides students with an alternative route to college. It is a very important program that enables and empowers students to realise their true potential by assisting and supporting them in gaining access to third level. The course essentially 'levels the playing field' for those who have experienced disadvantage at second level due to illness, disability or poor financial circumstances. It is based on the belief that circumstances that interfere with your capacity to study should not prohibit you from education so the course accepts students who have shown academic ability, but who for a variety of reasons do not qualify for university through the CAO system. It is a one-year course which prepares students for entry to first year proper and it covers areas such as presentation skills, study skills and IT as well as academics.