Catalunya is becoming established as one of the focal points of knowledge in the Mediterranean. The catalan R&D → is composed of universities, research centers, prominent research facilities, hospital centers, science/technology parks, reference networks and research groups.

Continously over time, Catalunya’s R&D imperative policies have been the following:


  • Human resources in every stage of the researcher’s career, from PhD formation to consolidation. Particularly, the interest from highly regarded researchers, taking as a starting point scientific and academical merits, exclusively.
  • Our own standard of research centers.
  • Prominent research facilities.



Such a standard has made it possible for Catalunya to earn a prominent role in the European and international context. One of the tokens which verify so is our involvement within the framework of the European Union: Catalunya has progressed from obtaining 0,58% of the funding recieved by European countries during the Third Framework Programme (1990-1994) to obtaining 865 millions of euros during the Seventh Framework Programme (2,4%), which places Catalunya in the forefront of fundraising, only surpassed by the Netherlands.

Catalunya, the population of which is 1,5% of the European Union, generates almost 1% of the worldwide scientific production and 2,9% of the European Union’s. Particularly significant is Catalunya’s leadership when it comes to the Excellence in Research grants given by the European Research Counsel (ERC), as it places second in the European Union with regard to number of grants per population.

Catalunya’s scientific policy is assembled through the Research and Innovation Plan (PRI) →, the tool with which the Generalitat applies the task of planning, developing and coordinating research and innovation in the country. This program is grounded in the RIS3CAT → strategy, which describes the main objectives in researching and innovation in terms of intelligent specialization in Catalunya during the 2014-2020 period and which aims to strengthen the sectorial areas in which Catalunya is highly competitive.


The Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, the UB’s knowledge and technology transfer office, works to transfer the results of the research carried out at the University of Barcelona to companies and institutions, which can transform them into products and services for the benefit of society.


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