Over €0.6 M donated to Ryan Institute for Postgraduate Research
The Ryan Institute has been given a very generous philanthropic gift of over for marine, environmental and energy research.
The donation, which the university has welcomed as “significant”, has been made by the charitable trust established in memory of the founder of Ryanair, Tony Ryan.
Dr Ryan, who died in 2007, had already established a marine research institute at NUI Galway (NUIG), named after his father, Martin Ryan.
The new funding will support research scholarhips for five PhD students focusing on marine, environment and energy research programmes. It will also provide financial assistance under the university’s access programme for students.
Priority areas for the funding include innovation in energy-efficient technologies and bio-energy, and research and development in aquaculture, fisheries, offshore and renewable energy resources.
Research on development of technologies for monitoring, modelling and mitigation of environmental pressures may also qualify.
“We are proud to support so many Irish and migrant students to access NUIG’s degree programmes with €125,000 per year for four years,” trust spokeswoman Emma Lane-Spollen said.
An annual Ryan Institute Award over five years is also to be established which aims to nurture business ideas arising from research.
NUIG president Jim Browne has paid tribute to the late Dr Ryan and his family for their “vision and enlightened philanthropy”.
The Tony Ryan Trust was incorporated on December 10th, 2009, with the core objectives of the advancement of education and religion, the relief of poverty and other works of a charitable nature. Dr Ryan, former Guinness Peat Aviation chief executive, bequeathed €10 million to the trust.
Ryan Institute director Colin Brown welcomed the donation, which would, he said, help to “realise the bright minds of the future”.