Philanthropy at Work

Since its establishment in 1998, Galway University Foundation has worked to advance the strategic priorities and academic objectives of NUI Galway, with the generous support and goodwill of donors and supporters. The Foundation has raised in excess of €150 million to date for capital developments, research programmes and scholarships.

The Martin Ryan Institute was one of the most significant examples of university philanthropy in Ireland, following a significant donation by the late Dr Tony Ryan, founder of Guinness Peat Aviation and Ryanair, in the name of his father, Martin Ryan.  Dr Tony Ryan was a commercially astute business leader as well as a visionary philanthropist, and the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Energy and Marine Research (formerly the Martin Ryan Building) could not have been established without his farsightedness in supporting marine research.

Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships

The Ryan family has carried on this legacy of visionary giving and the Dr Tony Ryan Trust supports PhD scholarships, for environmental, energy and marine reseach at NUI Galway.   In today’s competitive economy, the focus on this valuable natural resource is crucial to Ireland’s success and these PhD Scholarships will see innovative research in an area of real competitive advantage to Ireland.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our donors who have contributed greatly to the advancement of NUI Galway.

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Quadrangle Arts Millennium Building James Hardiman Library Martin Ryan Institute Aras na Mac Leinn & The Bailey Allen Wing Human Biology Building Áras Moyola IT Building Arts Science Building Sports Centre Engineering Building Cairnes Building Crèche Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) Bioscience Building Corrib Village Translational Research Facility (TRF)