Both NUI Galway and the University of Limerick have identified and prioritised a set of research themes that transcend school and university boundaries and are academically challenging, economically viable, and regionally and nationally relevant to industry. Through focusing their resources and efforts on these themes, the two Universities have developed internationally regarded capability and key research strengths.
Key research strengths across the two Universities include:
- Materials & Surface Science: including composite materials, nano materials, solid-state pharmaceutical materials and biomimetic materials (for solar energy conversion and for biocatalysis)
- Information & Communication Technologies: chiefly informatics, applied computing, photonics, semantic web & web services, software engineering, telecommunications and networks with an emphasis on thermal management and energy efficiency issues.
- BioEngineering & Biosciences: including microfluidics, biomedical engineering, cancer, neurosciences, regenerative medicine and structural biology.
- Energy, Sustainable Environment & Marine: with particular emphasis on climate change, biomass and biofuels, energy storage and materials, and monitoring, modelling and sustainability
- Study of Knowledge in Society: concerning social inequality and cultural diversity with a particular focus on health, technology, citizenship, human rights and development
- Applied Mathematics: with particular emphasis on mathematical modelling of fundamental problems in science, engineering and industry
- Applied Social Science and Public Policy: including innovation, social inclusion, health and balanced development
- Humanities in Context: namely Irish studies, texts, digital humanities and contexts & cultures.