Mission: To advance interdisciplinary research in sport and human performance at the University of Limerick; to inform national and international best practice and through the creation of national and international collaborative networks; to achieve global recognition for the quality of its research outputs and graduate students.

The SHPRC will support the University’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan “UL@50” and research strategy by:

  • Building on an existing area of strength (Sport and Human Performance) and improve global recognition and ranking of Sport and Human Performance related research at UL.
  • Achieving research outputs of high quality.
  • Intensifying critical mass in areas of strength.
  • Having a clear focus on research excellence with impact and convergent translation.
  • Placing a strong emphasis on publication in high impact international journals.
  • Providing a focus on mentoring and supporting early career researchers in Sport and Human Performance related research.
  • Emphasising strong collaboration and knowledge exchange with strategic partners, both nationally and internationally.
  • Strengthening international research collaborations and establishing new international networks.
  • Diversifying our research funding in support of a sustainable programme of excellent research in the domains of Sport and Human Performance
  • Forging a close alignment between teaching and research.
  • Clustering researchers to achieve synergies and increase effective critical mass.

The SHPRC will support the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences (EHS) Research Strategy by:

  • Enhancing the research ethos amongst EHS staff with relevant interdisciplinary expertise / research in sport and human performance.  
  • Increasing research capability and critical mass aligned with EHS research priorities
  • Increasing research capacity and critical mass of PhD registrations within EHS.
  • Increasing the level of collaborative and interdisciplinary research across the faculty and fostering multi-disciplinary synergies and collaboration.
  • Helping to maximise the faculty’s research outputs through increasing research productivity in sport and human performance related research and publish and disseminate our high quality research in eminent journals.