Fund your research

The Research Office team pro-actively monitors, reviews and analyses the research landscape. Our expert knowledge of the NUI Galway research agenda and strategic awareness allows us to match funding opportunities with the NUI Galway Research Community.

The Research Office team issues a weekly e-zine highlighting popular and relevant funding opportunities. For a more comprehensive listing of a broader range of funding opportunities across all disciplines, view Research Professional (see sidebar).

While funding agencies have their own deadlines, please take note below of the important Internal Deadlines required for Proposal support.


Research Office Contacts by College

There is a dedicated Research Support Officer for each college.  Their role is to support researchers in navigating the research funding landscape and offer proposal preparation to enhance the competitiveness of submissions.  Full contact details are available below.

Internal Deadlines

It's important to note that strict internal deadlines are in place for the benefit of researchers. These allow time for budget review, proposal review and proposal preparation support.

Clinical Research Facility - CRF-  4 weeks regulated clinical trial where NUI Galway is  sponsor (drug or medical device), 3 weeks for non-interventional clinical study
Tenders - 3 weeks notification of request only to RO
HRB - TMRN 2 weeks
Research Accounts- RAO - 2 weeks  - please use the "Budget Template"
Research Office - RO - 1 week, see below for call specific internal deadlines.

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

National Calls:
Ruth Dooley -
Tel.  091 492034

International Calls:
Claire Bennett -
Tel: 091 494476

College of Business, Public Policy and Law

National Calls:
Tony Flaherty -
Tel: 091 493124

International Calls:
Áine NÍ Dhomhnaill -; Tel. 091494477 - The J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
Silvia Maretto  -; Tel. 091492046 - School of Law

College of Engineering and Informatics

National Calls:
Ruth Dooley -
Tel.  091 492034

International Calls:
Áine NÍ Dhomhnaill -;
Tel. 091494477

College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

National Calls:
Tony Flaherty -
Tel: 091 493124

International Calls:
Claire Bennett -
Tel: 091 494476

College of Science

National Calls:
Jared Gerlach -
Tel: 091 494475

International Calls:
Silvia Maretto  -
Tel. 091492046

Funding Agencies:

There are a range of supports and mechanisms offered by funding agencies, in Ireland and overseas, to support your research.

Below is a list of some of the funding agencies which support NUI Galway research.

Irish Funding Agencies

 International Funding Agencies

NUI Galway PIC: 999978045  


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1. Gantt & PERT Charts 

Gantt & PERT Charts are useful tools for visualising and communicating information about projects.  Click on any link below for workable sample charts where you can develop your own.

Gantt Chart1

Gantt Chart 2 _ EU 

Gantt Chart 3 

Click on the following link to edit a template Editable Work Plan 

Sample PERT Chart 


2. What does an Impact Statement consist of?

Impact statements should use lay non-technical language.  Impact statements should be specific and comprehensive.  Impact questions should draw on input and expertise from academics and non-academics.  It is preferable to consult & seek input from other domains & stakeholders when compiling your Impact statement.  Here is a list of questions that you could address when compiling your Impact Statement.  Please download and use the tool below when compiling your own impact statements.

Who: Identify a number of ‘groups’ who will benefit from this research?


  • Research teams
  • Patient groups, Lobby groups, Community groups, Heritage groups
  • Private sector
  • Public sector
  • Stakeholders(the government, NGO’s, companies , policy makers, professional organisations, charities, patient groups)


Benefits: What are the benefits to the groups identified above? 

This could be - quality of life of citizens, new policy, economic, new or build on collaborations, knowledge transfer, capacity build, new partnership, impact on Irish education and training, impact on the research team & their careers, build an infrastructure(facilities, instrumentation, capacity) & capacity for further research and education, knowledge transfer, impact on society,  Academic Science  in Ireland, Ireland’s competitiveness, how will we serve globally, How can Europe benefit,  Propose international collaborations with industry or societal groups, partnering with.., Can industry collaborators enable increased impact, Routes to commercialisation

How: How will the impact of this project be delivered?

Is this represented in your project plan? (person nominated, budget proposed)

Measure: Describe how this impact could be measured?(quantitative & qualitative) 

Proof:  Include letters of support  


3. Budget

Click here for a list of contacts for the Research Accounts Office (RAO)

Please click here for the RAO Budget Template

Click here to read funders policies


4. Policies and procedures 

Click on the following weblink for NUI Galway Policies and Procedures on:

  • Post Grad Admissions
  • Research Committee
  • PhD Regulations
  • New Research Projects
  • Research Accounting
  • Research Policies – General
  • Animal Care Research Ethics Committee
  • Code of Good Practice in Animal Research


Click here for policies and procedures on:


5. Horizon 2020 Intellectual Property & Grant Agreements

An overview of IPR in Horizon 2020 IPR from the European Help Desk with a comparison to FP7.

Click IP Management in Proposal Stage for a factsheet on IP Management in Horizon 2020 at the proposal stage.  A complete annotated 'Model Grant Agreement' has been posted on the Participant Portal and is available here. Please click here to view a draft Model Consortium Agreement as well as a proposed governance structure for medium to large projects.


6. Gender

Click here for a Gender Toolkit for EU funded research .  Irish Research Council Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2020 & Presentation - IRC Gender in research 


Please find below a checklist for gender in Research Content as available in the toolkit:  

Research phase

  • If the research involves humans as research objects, has the relevance of gender to the research topic been analysed?
  • If the research does not directly involve humans, are the possibly differentiated relations of men and women to the research subject sufficiently clear?
  • Have you reviewed literature and other sources relating to gender differences in the research field?

Proposal phase

  • Does the methodology ensure that (possible) gender differences will be investigated: that sex/gender differentiated data will be collected and analysed throughout the research cycle and will be part of the final publication?
  • Does the proposal explicitly and comprehensively explain how gender issues will be handled (e.g. in a specific work package)?
  • Have possibly differentiated outcomes and impacts of the research on women and men been considered?

 Research phase

  • Are questionnaires, surveys, focus groups, etc. designed to unravel potentially relevant sex and/or gender differences in your data?
  • Are the groups involved in the project (e.g. samples, testing groups) gender-balanced? Is data analysed according to the sex variable? Are other relevant variables analysed with respect to sex?

 Dissemination phase

  • Do analyses present statistics, tables, figures and descriptions that focus on the relevant gender differences that came up in the course of the project?
  • Are institutions, departments and journals that focus on gender included among the target groups for dissemination, along with mainstream research magazines?
  • Have you considered a specific publication or event on gender-related findings?


7. How can I demonstrate the outputs of this funding application?  


Consider mapping your outputs onto the following:

Academic Outputs

  • Journal publications
  • Conference publications
  • Citations

Human Capital Outputs

  • Master & PhD graduates
  • Increased capacity & experienced skillset
  • Engagement with industry or NGO’s
  • Incoming & outgoing industry trainees
  • Fellowships

Funding Diversification

  • Participation in national   funding initiatives
  • Participation in EU funding initiatives
  • Mapping the % Split in funding income from diverse sources – Exchequer and non-Exchequer – commercial sources


  • EI commercialisation awards
  • Patents filed
  • Licence agreements
  • Spin-out &/or Spin-in companies formed


  • Annual showcase event
  • Communication – website, newsletter, launch event


  • Growth in academic networks
  • Growth in non-academic networks
  • Memberships, Boards