If successful, it'll be the second TU in Ireland and first outside Dublin.
€5 million in funding is being allocated to Athlone Institute of Technology's bid to gain Technological University status alongside Limerick IT.
The government grant will be used to update on and off campus facilities at both sites.
If successful in the coming weeks, AIT and LIT will become the second Technological University in Ireland and the first outside of Dublin.
Independent Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten says it's a great boost for the entirety of the midlands region: