School:University of Galway

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Located in the heart of Galway City, University of Galway connects a vibrant community of students, teachers, and industry within the city. Our campus is responsible for producing change makers, innovators and problem solvers of the highest degree.

Our Innovation & Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The purpose of our researchand innovation is to benefit humanity, society and the economy. We work to build a foundation of people-centred knowledge so that policy frameworks and economic approaches can be improved for the benefit of society.

Our people are creative in their thinking and collaborative in their approach. Through engaged research with communities, we focus on inclusive societies, children, families and human rights. Through our work with businesses and government agencies, our people carry out research in fields such as health policy and economics, sustainable economic development, business innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our place is distinct - a vibrant region on the edge of Europe - connected globally. Our international reputation is supported by research from across our Colleges and by our Institute for Lifecourse and Society.

Institute of Life Course

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) is a newly designated research institute for the applied social sciences at University of Galway. The Institute supports applied research that informs policy development and practice to make a positive difference to people’s lives. ILAS brings together existing work in relation to targeted populations, such as older persons, children and families, and persons with disabilities into one domain of research, teaching and policy. The core function of the Institute is the pursuit of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences by creatively integrating the rich and diverse intellectual resources from within the University and beyond.


IdeasLab is University of Galway's student innovation hub. IdeasLab is an open collaborative environment for our campus community to explore and accelerate ideas.  At the heart of innovation, we enhance our entrepreneurial ecosystem in partnership with our community.  If you want to meet new people, develop skills and behaviours, work to solve global challenges or set up a new business, IdeasLab is the place to start.

IdeasLab uses a design lens to explore and accelerate ideas.  We see design as a way to: ​

  • Define problems ​
  • Solve problems ​
  • Enhance creativity ​
  • Develop Innovative capacity ​
  • Learn and grow​
  • Shape the future

Innovation Office

The Innovation Office at our university catalyses and accelerates the impact of research and innovation. This is done by engaging with external stakeholders, working closely with our research community, and supporting new ventures. Working closely with our research community to help identify, develop and protect research breakthroughs - and collaborate externally with industry and other partners to find the best pathway to impact. We provide information on the following; - Funding and mechanisms and other opportunities. - Tracking, identifying, developing and protecting new inventions and research breakthroughs. - Collaborative research and industry engagements.

Business Innovation Center

University of Galway's Business Innovation Centre - developing, scaling and growing the start-up community on campus and in our region.

Our Business Innovation Centre is at the heart of our university's innovation ecosystem. We are home to numerous companies which have spun-out of our research activity and many more start-ups which have spun-in to collaborate and engage with our research community.

With three locations across campus, we provide extensive facilities including laboratories, wet-labs, dedicated offices, co-working spaces and research infrastructure. Through a programme of supports designed for ambitious start-ups, our team members offer mentoring, business development guidance, commercial and IP guidance - as well as access to research expertise.