Founded in 1845, the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) is a research-led university in the western side of Ireland. In the recently released 2021 QS World University Rankings, NUI Galway is placed in the top 1% of universities worldwide. With its almost 4,000 international students out of over 18,000 total student populations, NUI Galway is the most international university in Ireland. NUI Galway also has over 2,500 staff members. As a research-led university, NUI Galway places a strong focus on a creative and supportive environment for its research community and, over the past decade, has invested over €400 million in new infrastructure on its campus and was awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo by the European Commission at the end of FP7.
In 2018, University income exceeded €220 million, for which over €60 million was from competitive external research funding. NUI Galway is involved in over 130 Horizon 2020 projects and has received over €63 million in direct funding from the programme and is coordinating multiple projects across all three pillars. NUIG is currently coordinating one NMBP project (STARSTEM) and beneficiary in two more. In addition, NUI Galway is home to two Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)- funded centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSETs), in the medical device and ICT domains.