Institutes & Centres


UL's research successes are enhanced by the ongoing development of interdisciplinary research institutes, centres & units, and collaboration with international academic and industrial partners. UL currently has four multidisciplinary institutes and many centres including a number of national externally-funded research centres.

Materials & Surface Science Institute (MSSI)

Materials & Surface Science Institute

The Materials & Surface Science Institute, established in 1998, is a centre of excellence generating state-of-the-art fundamental research on topics of industrial significance in the fields of surface science and materials. The Institute houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists (chemistry, materials science, physics and biochemistry) and engineers (mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, manufacturing and electronic) who undertake research in the design, synthesis, processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. MSSI expertise covers the full range of materials, supported by state of the art infrastructure and facilities.  MSSI priority research themes are Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials; Composite Materials; Pharmaceutical Materials and Materials for Energy & Environment. MSSI research focuses on applications in Health, Transport, Energy and  Clean Technology.


The Stokes Research Institute

The Stokes Institute is a research organisation dedicated to education and innovation in fluid dynamics. Its core sciences are related to all aspects of fluids – microfluidics, multiphase flows, heat & mass transport, phase change phenomena, aerodynamics, and biofluidics – and in associated materials topics, specifically fluid-surface interactions. Stokes Institute focus on a range of application areas – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and biopharma, manufacturing processes, aeronautics and aerospace, electronics / photonics packaging, and energy generation/storage. Stokes has been in operation for over two decades, active in National and European Union research programmes, with an extensive portfolio of partners in industry and academia. It has deep foundations in scholarship and education, and a strong track record in the commercialisation of research through licensing of IP and through the creation of spin-out enterprises.


LERO - Irish Software Engineering Centre

Lero brings together leading software engineering (SE) teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software engineering research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded SE research centres in the world. The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software engineering research and to the Irish economy. Lero is now ready to take on key challenges of Evolving Critical Systems.


The Health Research Institute

The Health Research Institute (HRI) is a cross faculty institute that brings together researchers in UL and its partner institutions with a focus on convergent and translational health research. The mission of the HRI is to conduct outstanding transformative research in order to improve the health and well-being of individuals, patients, communities and populations. The HRI research activity is structured around the following thematic areas:

  • Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes
  • Lifestyle and Health
  • Health Service Delivery

The activities of the HRI are supported by expertise in biostatistics, health informatics and health economics, and facilitated by the Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU). The UL/UL Hospitals Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is the first agreed CRSU partnership and is located at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Its goal is to provide a rich collaborative environment that fosters discovery and innovation in health science that will lead to better health, improved care and a healthier society. The Health Research Institute