Arches of NUIG

Institutes & Centres


Materials & Surface Science Institute (MSSI)


The Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) is a centre of excellence generating state-of-the-art fundamental research on topics of industrial significance in the fields of surface science and materials. The Institute houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists (chemistry, materials science, physics and biochemistry) and engineers (mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, manufacturing and electronic) who undertake research focused on the design of materials for (i) Health, (ii) Transport, (iii) Energy and (iv) Clean Technology. MSSI's research activities are underpinned by core capabilities in modelling, synthesis and characterisation of materials over a range of length scales and these research themes are underpinned by state of the art infrastructure and facilities in the characterisation of materials.

National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES)


The National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI, Galway, is an interdisciplinary research centre, which brings together scientists, engineers, and clinicians with a focus on innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to current medical challenges such as cardiovascular disease, orthopaedics, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer. The NCBES currently has over 400 members, including academic staff, full-time researchers and post-graduate students.  Key research areas are Biomedical Engineering, Cancer, Glycosciences, Neuroscience, and Regenerative Medicine.

The Stokes Research Institute - University of Limerick

The Stokes Research Institute is a multidisciplinary, multinational group of scientists and engineers working in close collaboration with many industries, hospitals and government organisations. The core research activities at the SRI are conducted in the field of micro-scale mechanical engineering. Two main strands are pursued - micro-thermofluids and micro-scale solid mechanics. The research places particular emphasis on optical measurement techniques, scaling methodologies and entropic optimisation.


 LERO - Irish Software Engineering Centre


Lero is the Irish software engineering research centre. It brings together leading software engineering teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software engineering research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded SE research centres in the world. The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software engineering research and to the Irish economy. Lero is now ready to take on key challenges of Evolving Critical Systems. Lero interfaces with a wide range of industry, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.

Centre for Innovation and Structural Change


The Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) is a national inter-disciplinary research institute, based at NUI Galway, focused on building an internationally-recognised programme of research and education on innovation processes and policies that are fundamental to the development of a knowledge-based economy. CISC is one of the four major research institutes within NUI, Galway and it is aligned to the Applied Social Science and Public Policy thematic research priority. The core focus of CISC is to provide multidisciplinary insights into innovative change.

Digital Enterprise Research Institute


The Digital Enterprise Research Institute is an internationally recognised institute in semantic web research, education and technology transfer. DERI brings together academic and industrial partners to boost innovation in science and technology, which directly contributes to the Irish government's plan of transforming Ireland into a competitive knowledge economy.  

The Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science & Industry (MACSI)

MACSI is a network of mathematical modellers and scientific computational analysts based in Ireland. The aim of MACSI is to foster new collaborative research, in particular on problems that arise in industry, in order to produce world-class publications on mathematical modelling. The objectives of MACSI are:

  • to produce world-class research and research training in mathematical modelling
  • to enable industrial companies to improve their products and processes through the application of cutting-edge mathematical modelling techniques
  • to provide an outreach programme to school students raising awareness of the role of mathematics in modern industry.

Complex Systems Research Centre (CORE)

The Charles Parsons Initiative (CPI)


The mission state of Charles Parsons Initiative (CPI) is the pursuit of world class research, education and training in the science and engineering of energy and a sustainable environment. The purpose of the Charles Parsons Initiative (CPI) in UL is to consolidate the work and expertise of several UL-based research centres focussed on sustainable forms of energy.

The Ryan Institute

Ryan Inst

The Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway, was formed in 2010 as a result of the strategic merger between the Environmental Change Institute and the Martin Ryan Institute for Marine Science. The Ryan Institute's affiliated researchers are committed to knowledge sharing and collaboration across the sciences, engineering, social sciences and medicine. The Ryan Institute promotes interdisciplinary excellence in environmental, marine and energy research with a commitment to international collaboration, the educational mission of NUI Galway and support for a regional, national and EU sustainable development agenda.

Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society


The Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society (ISKS) supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The institute has the following aims and objectives: further the interdisciplinary study of knowledge in society; provide excellent graduate research education; plan and guide research in a strategic and focussed way; facilitate collaborative research; enhance the reputation of the University nationally and internationally.

The Lifecourse Institute, NUI Galway

The Lifecourse Institute is comprised of three Research Centres in NUI Galway; the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology.