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Scientific improvement and knowledge transfer


One of the University of Cantabria’s greatest strengths is its scientific excellence, as can be reflected both the quality of its research and its capacity for transfer. The creation and consolidation of leading R&D&I groups in several fields of knowledge, the design and development of an ambitious strategy of institutional aggregation, which is aimed at setting up mixed research centres and institutes, and its ability to attract competitiveand private funds for R&D&I makes this aspect one of the most solid assets of the Cantabria International Campus strategy.


  • 132 R&D&I groups
  • 4 Units associated with the National ResearchResearch Council (CSIC)
  • 222 External researchers contracted through projects (annual full-time average)
  • 1,194 Teaching staff and researchers (until 31.12.84)
  • 22.9 Million euros in Official Research Programmes (National Plan, EU and other Programmes)
  • 15.1 Million euros in contracted research (companies, Spanish Government and other entities)
  • 70 patents (3 of which have been sold and 10 are currently in use) in the last 10 years

Institutes and Mixed Research Centres.

  • Institute of Physics of Cantabria. (UC-CSIC)
  • Institute of Environmental Hydraulics of Cantabria (UC-Government of Cantabria)
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (UC-CSIC- Government of Cantabria)
  • International Institute of Pre-History (UC-Government of Cantabria-Bank of Santander)
  • Centre for Technological Components (Government of Cantabria)
  • UCEIF Foundation (UC-Santander Bank)
  • Marqués de Valdecilla Centre for Training and Research (Government of Cantabria)
  • Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital (Government of Cantabria)
  • Spanish Oceanography Institute
  • National Meteorological Agency
  • Altamira Museum Research Centre

Scientific Installations

  • The Great Tank of Maritime Engineering. (approved project)
  • Altamira Node (Spanish Supercomputation Network)
  • Science, Research and Technology Service Network (SCTI)
  • Centre for Technology Development (UC)
  • Science and Technology Park in Cantabria (Government of Cantabria)

Situation Analysis.

  • Income obtained through research places the University of Cantabria among the top ten universities in absolute value and in first place in terms of full-time teaching staff.
  • The University of Cantabria is the 2nd university with the highest level of six-year research periods per researcher (2.3 versus 1.6 national average) and is the 3rd with the best success rate in the assignment of projects under the National R&D Plan.
  • In the 7th Framework Programme, Cantabria obtained 1.7% of the total national return, which represents an increase of 142% compared to the 6th Programme, when it obtained 0.7%. The UC is the Cantabrian institution with the highest number of projects in the 7th programme, and lies 16th of the participating universities, with 13 of those above it being large-scale universities. Source CDTI: Spanish participation in th e 7th Framework Programme by Autonomous Communities, July 2008.
  • The University of Cantabria is the the university that, with reference to size, obtained the greatest share in the 7th Framework Programme for I&D according to the first particapation data. It occupies 16th place overall, and is only preceded by larger universities with greater resources. Source CDTI: 7th FP Provisonal results for Spanish particpation (February 2008).
  • In 2008 it presented a total of 483 publications classified in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), half of which were in the first quartile of this classification.
  • The number of publications in journals ranked in the top positions according to impact factor (2008) was as follows: 28 in the first 5 places for multidisciplinary categories and 21 in first position for other categories.
  • In 2008, it was the 6th university with the highest percentage of international participation in scientific articles and the 9th with the highest level of scientific productivity (number of published documents with respect to the number of teaching staff).
  • A pioneering initiative in the University of Cantabria is the creation of permanent positions primarily devoted to research, thus establishing a its own research personnel. Participation in the 13 Programme resulted in the creation of 25 of these research posts in the last five years. In addition, 35 three-year contracts for Laboratory Technicians have been generated.
  • The internationalisation of our university, besides the logical participation and leadership in European projects, platfomrs, COST, ERC, CECA, can be seen in the participation of some of our researchers in decision-making and assessment committees and international centres. The UC also participates in Research Networks in several fields of excellence and national and international level.

Aspects of Special Relevance

The aspects of special relevance have been described in detail in section 4 when describing each of the Campuses that make up CIC
  • Research and transfer ability is undoubtedly the main strength of the University of Cantabria. Research abilities have made it possible to generate intense institutional aggregation mainly in the Water and Energy fields, as well as in the fields of Communication Engineering, Physics and Biomedicine.
  • The international excellence of the Hydraulic Engineering groups favoured the creation of the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics in Cantabria. The Spanish Government has also favoured financial approval of the Great Tank of Maritime Engineering, which is a scientific installation that places Cantabria at the forefront of studies related to this discipline worldwide.
  • The approval of the Renewable Energy Plan by the Government of Cantabria has triggered an extraordinary symbiotic relationship with the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics in Cantabria (IH Cantabria). This synergy has generated the development of renewable energy research programmes in the marine environment by giants in the sector, such as VESTAS, SIEMENS, the Spanish Electric Company IBERDROLA, the Spanish Gas company GAS NATURAL or ACCIONA. This transfer process is laying the foundations for a change in the productive system within the region, which is perfectly in line with the objectives for Cantabria International Campus strategy.
  • The intensity of this project is encouraging participation of various knowledge fields. The development of the R+D+i side of the Renewable Energy Plan favours strong collaboration between groups in the Water and Energy Campus, Technology Campus and Campus of Physics and Mathematics.
  • The University of Cantabria together with the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital and the Centre for Science and Research (CSIC) is another example of institutional aggregation in the field of Health Science. Their connection has brought about the development of the International Campus of Biomedicine and Biotechnology and the relevant integration of research groups in the Biomedicine and Biotechnology Institute of Cantabria (UC-CSIC) and the Marqués de Valdecilla Institute for Training and Research (IFIMAV)
  • The traditional scientific excellence of the University of Cantabria in the field of Physics favoured the creation of the Institute of Physics in Cantabria nearly 15 years ago (UC-CSIC). Its groups have taken an active part in the main projects and experiments in the Astrophysics and Particle Physics field worldwide.

Strategic Objective.


To strengthen basic and applied research in order to attain levels of international excellence through specific actions favouring the generation of knowledge, attracting quality researchers, and creating synergetic research and knowledge-transfer structures at the same time as stimulating talent and innovation.

Lines, actions, objectives and expected results

These are presented in the Appendix