The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, established under the Higher Education Authority's Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle 2, (PRTLI 2), 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. To advance this it establishes structural linkages with other leading research centres in Ireland and internationally. It has developed a pioneering inter-institutional research training programme, known as Texts, Contexts, Cultures initially with Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork but now also including Queen's University, Belfast; it played a leadership role in the establishment of the all- island collaborative network Humanities Serving Irish Society, funded under PRTLI 4; and engages with all possibilities that present themselves for collaborative research funding in the Humanities. In 2008, the Andrew Mellon Foundation provided support over a four year period (2008-2012) to enable three research projects at the Institute to internationalize their thrust.
International Recognition of work at the Institute is evidenced not only by the grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, but also by awards from the Marie Curie scheme under FP5 and FP6. The TEXTE project at the Moore is the largest European Framework grant awarded to date to an Irish Humanities project. Researchers at the Moore have been recognized by the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, the Irish Research Council in Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mellon Foundation and the Royal Irish Academy.