Following on from the significant investment in capital infrastructure facilitated by philanthropic donations and other support, the University research capability has increased significantly in the last number of years. The generous support of many of our donors has helped the University to make a number of key appointments which has further boosted its research capability. The key focus for Galway University Foundation in the years to come, is supporting the University's growing research ambitions.
Martha Fox Centre for Irish Studies
Martha Fox was a Massachusetts schoolteacher with a lifelong interest on Irish literature and theatre studies. Upon her death in 2000, she generously endowed NUI Galway with funding for Martha Fox House as a home to the University’s Centre for Irish Studies and for scholarship programmes.
Freyer Family Applied Communications Suite
The Freyer Family Applied Communications Suite was named in recognition of the generous support of the Freyer Family toward the capital costs of the Arts Millennium Building
Chair in Social Gerontology
Funding was secured through Galway University Foundation to support the University in appointing a Chair in Social Gerontology. This funding further enhanced the ability of the Centre to develop and promote social and economic aspects of ageing in Ireland and to lead the centre in supporting a holistic and positive view of ageing.
Multiple Sclerosis Research Programme
Through philanthropic support, Dr. Una Fitzgerald and her team are pushing the boundaries of research in the area of Multiple Sclerosis.
Using a range of models of demyelination (the stripping of nerve insulation) which closely mimick what happens during MS disease progression, Dr. FitzGerald's group aims to determine if a pathway called the'endoplasmic reticulum stress signalling pathway'can be directly linked to successful repair of MS brain and spinal cord lesions. This follows work they already published which demonstrated that molecules associated with stress to the endoplasmic reticulum are present at raised levels in post-mortem MS brain tissue.
The Rural Ageing Observatory
The Rural Ageing Observatory investigates the role and location in social inclusion and/or exclusion among older people in Ireland .
The Moore Institute
The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies is an international research community of upwards of thirty early-stage researchers concerned with the full range of Humanities disciplines, and on the interconnection between creativity and innovation. It is located within the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway, and has links with researchers in each of the Six Schools of the College. The Institute fosters the culture of research within the College by bringing scholars and graduate students in the Humanities and Social Studies into contact with peers in top-ranking universities throughout the world.
The mission of the Moore Institute is to promote research and research-led teaching, and to solicit financial support for the best younger scholars from any country who wish to work either alone or in multi-disciplinary groups, supported by academics from the range of disciplines sustained by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.
Ensemble in Residence
The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet inspire young musicians, introduce music to young school children, and assist secondary school students prepare for the Leaving Cert. They also mentor apprentice ensembles and bring the joy of music to audiences in Galway City, County Galway and around Ireland.
Lady Gregory Fellowships
Funding from a private donor launched this significant programme of research fellowships in the arts. The Lady Gregory Fellowships, worth a total of €540,000 over a five-year period, encourage research within the humanities, languages and social behavioural sciences.
Bank of Ireland Fellowships
In 2003, Bank of Ireland announced a new fellowship in International Human Rights Law for distinguished scholars from developing countries and the University’s Irish Centre for Human Rights The Fellowship, a three-year award, brought future leaders and activists to Galway to study Human Rights Law.
The Dr. Paddy Moriarty Doctoral Fellowship Fund celebrates the enormous contribution to Irish Life made by the late Dr. Paddy Moriarty, Chief Executive and Chairman of ESB. The tenure of the three awards is three years support for a postgraduate student pursuing a PhD degree.
Research Professorship in Electronic Business Strategy and Applications
This private endowment was granted to Galway University Foundation in order to support the development of new Electronic Business research that would involve both technology and business strategy.
Helen M. Moran Scholarship Fund
The Helen M. Moran Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 to honour the memory of Helen M. Moran from Massachusettswho died in 1997. The Scholarship was awarded to a student who had the potential to become a Sigerson team member as part of the University’s Gaelic football programme.
The Access programme at NUI Galway facilitates the promotion of initiatives that encourage access to and participation in NUI Galwayamongst under-epresented groups of third level edication. The programme is designed to address and respond appropriately to the issues of equality of access, equity of lifelong learning opportunities and to respond to issues of social exclusion across Ireland’s Border, Midlands and Western Region. Through the Access Programme, NUI Galway aims to provide open and accessible learning opportunities for those who could benefit from university education and which will enable them to fulfil their individual aspirations.
The International Scholarship fund is a major initiative funded exclusively by philanthropy and is targeted at developing the capacity of outstanding individuals who can assume leadership roles in their field of study and whoes work will enhance the development of their own society.
Annual Dr. Tony Ryan Award for Innovation
The annual Dr Tony Ryan Award for Innovation, is generously funded by the Dr Tony Ryan Trust and amplifies the impact of research at the Ryan Institute. The award enables a winning researcher to commercialise or develop their idea (including through further research at home or abroad) and provides a platform at NUI Galway for developing valuable research and fostering entrepreneurship, the lifeblood of the economy.
Financial support for disadvantaged students (non-EU and Irish Students) to access third level education at NUI Galway
The Dr Tony Ryan Trust are carrying on Dr Tony Ryan’s tradition of investing in education, with a particular focus on access to education and opportunities for those who may be excluded from third level education because of financial hardship. Support from the trust has created a number of migrant / non-EU student scholarships at NUI Galway, as well as a fund for financially disadvantaged young people.