NUI Maynooth’s participation in DRI is founded on a partnership between An Foras Feasa http://www.forasfeasa.ie, the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis http://www.nuim.ie/nirsa and the NUIM Library http://library.nuim.ie.
An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions is the humanities research institute at NUI Maynooth. An Foras Feasa (AFF) supports individual and collaborative research projects in the areas of Humanities and Technology, and represents a unique contribution of traditional knowledge and dynamic innovation. Since its foundation in 2007, An Foras Feasa has secured over 8 million euro in research funding from competitive research programmes including the Programmes for Research in Third-Level Insitutions, Cycles 4 and 5, and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Development Initiative.
Since its foundation in 2001 the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at NUI Maynooth has developed a strong national and international profile as a centre of applied, interdisciplinary social sciences research. NIRSA presently consists of a partnership between NUI Maynooth, IT Sligo, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and Queen’s University of Belfast. Over 300 researchers have been funded or affiliated to the institute (postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows, interns, faculty), including 30 international visitors. NIRSA has hosted well over 100 seminars with external speakers and organised more than 70 workshops/conferences. It has built up numerous national (for example, ISSP and ICLRD) and international partnerships (European projects) and spawned the SFI-funded National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG). Since 2001, NIRSA has received funding for 201 projects totalling some €57.9m (€23.5m directly to NIRSA partners), not including NCG awards which total a further €15m. The Irish Qualitative Data Archive, IQDA www.iqda.ie is a national research data infrastructure hosted by NIRSA. IQDA is a central access point for qualitative social science data generated in or about Ireland. The archive frames the parameters and standards for archiving qualitative data within the Irish research community, and promotes best practice in the management and re-use of qualitative data through workshops, graduate training and research, such as the Irish Research Council funded project, ‘Family Rhythms.’ IQDA is a founding member of the EQUALAN network of European qualitative researchers committed to promoting and implementing a strategy for preserving and organising qualitative and qualitative longitudinal data resources for sharing and re-use.
Following two centuries of internationally renowned scholarly activity on the Maynooth campus the National University of Ireland, Maynooth was established under the 1997 Universities Act as an autonomous member of the federal structure known as the National University of Ireland. With approximately 8,400 registered students, NUI Maynooth has 26 academic Departments which are organized into three Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences. Building on a tradition of scholarship and excellence in all aspects of its Teaching and Learning, and research activities, within the liberal arts and sciences tradition NUI Maynooth is committed to being a first class research-led centre of learning and academic discovery. It is located on a pleasant university campus in Ireland's only university town 20km west of Dublin, and has recently undergone a major phase of expansion in research, teaching and service facilities. The spacious campus is laid out in its own extensive grounds in rural surroundings, and is divided between an older complex of fine nineteenth century buildings and a modern complex of teaching, research, accommodation, and support facilities.
Research activity is central to the mission of NUI Maynooth. The university's Research Charter provides the institutional framework for developing research activities while the Office of Research and Graduate Studies operates a range of supports for researchers. Across many specialist fields, the university has won an international reputation for the standing of its research expertise in areas as diverse as immunology, agroecology and space technology.