The closing date for submissions was Friday 16 March 2018. 

EXPLORE is where NUI Galway students and staff find support for innovative ideas. Over 100 projects have been supported by EXPLORE.

  1. Collaborative projects:  Staff and students across campus were invited to apply for collaborative projects. There is up to €900  in funding, along with a support structure, to enable innovative ideas get off the ground. Visit the apply section for more info.
  2. EXPLORE Innovation Award  2018 -  Powered by Blackstone Launchpad.  We’re looking for great ideas to apply for our awards. Visit the apply section for more info.



Thanks to all those who applied for the the Collaborative Projects, and for the Innovation Awards.

We are working on the results. They are coming soon!



Examples of Projects

ReelLIFE SCIENCE – Now funded nationally with support from Science Foundation Ireland, CÚRAM and the CKI, ReelLIFE SCIENCE started as an EXPLORE project in 2013 involving NCBES staff with postgraduate and undergraduate students from the College of Medicine and College of Science. Over 7,000 primary and secondary school students, from 250 schools around Ireland, have now taken part in the science video competition.

 ‘I Like Beaches’ - Provides scientific information panels on beaches, describing threats to our coasts. The project was delivered by Discipline of Geography staff and students in conjunction with Galway City Council.

Cell EXPLORERS – now a hugely successful science education and outreach programme, Cell EXPLORERS started as an EXPLORE project in February 2012. It was originally driven by Dr Grenon from the School of Natural Sciences and nine Biochemistry and Biotechnology undergraduate students in collaboration with Galway Educate Together NS.

Breaking the SEAL - Schools, Archives, Learning – this project connected leaving certificate history students to the resources of the James Hardiman Library. It was a partnership between the library and the School of Education, and was recently awarded the Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) Annual Teaching and Learning Award.

Past Students: New Women - The 2015 podcast project, led by Centre for Global Women's Studies lecturer Mary Clancy and student Mary Magill, focused on Emily Anderson. The project, and  Digital Memories (2013), had versions of some of the biographies in the Path-Breaking Women of NUI Galway Exhibit in the Hardiman Research Building foyer.