"Rewarding and celebrating the outstanding contributions of academic and research staff"

The NUI Galway President’s Research Excellence Awards rewards and celebrates the outstanding contributions of academic and research staff to excellent, relevant, and innovative research that enhances our university's reputation at an international level.

There are three categories in the President’s Awards for Research Excellence, the most recent winners of which were announced on 17 October 2019 at the annual Research and Innovation Symposium.

The Research Supervisor Awards went to:

· Dr Su-Ming Khoo from the School of Political Science and Sociology for her research into the academic quality in Irish and South African Universities.
· Professor Paul Murphy from the School of Chemistry for his research in the development of inhibitors of carbohydrate binding proteins including those involved in infection, inflammation and cancer.

In the Early Stage Researcher Category, the award winners were:

· Dr Lorraine Morgan from the School of Business and Economics, for her research in Open Source Software, Inner Source, Open Business Models, Value Networks and Crowdsourcing.
· Dr John McCrae, Data Science Institute, for his work on the development of data about languages around the world.

In the Established Researcher Category, the award winners were: 

· Professor John Canavan from the School of Political Science and Sociology for his work with UNESCO Child and Family Centre and the Child Welfare Sector.
· Professor Dympna Casey from the School of Nursing and Midwifery for her work on the MARIO Project, a companion robot for people living with dementia.
· Professor Martin O’Halloran from the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering for his work on the design and commercialisation of novel patient-centred medical devices.

About the awards: 

Full details of the criteria for entry and the evaluation process for the most recent round of awards are available in the background document: Background to Awards 2019.  The nomination forms for the most recent round are also available, Early Stage Researcher Award - Nomination Form Early Stage ResearcherEstablished Researcher Award Nomination Form Established ResearcherResearch Supervisor Award (nomination by current and/or past students) - Nomination Form Research Supervisor.

Details of the application process for the President’s Awards for Research Excellence 2020 will be announced in due course.  See below for the names of previous recipients.