Research in the UC, a commitment to quality and transfer to the productive and social environment.
Quality research is one of the main distinguishing marks of the University of Cantabria. The clear research vocation is complemented with a determined commitment to transfer this knowledge, created in our lecture rooms, laboratories and Research Institutes, to the environment we form part of, as a way to increase capability and competitiveness in productive sectors and contribute to the cultural and social development in our society. As a sign of this, the University of Cantabria appears among the first places in the rankings with regards to scientific productivity per lecturer and with regards to resources obtained for research which rose to 36.6 million Euros in 2010, corresponding to more than a third of the total UC budget, and so is the national leader in obtaining resources for each researcher.
The funding obtained is divided equally between funding via public competitive announcements (National R+D+i Plan, European Union Framework Programme,etc), which means more than 65%, with another 35% obtained through agreements and contracts with companies. The high research percentage contracted with companies is a reflection of the trust these companies have in the institution, and of the importance its researchers lend to collaboration with the entrepreneurial environment and the endeavour of contributing to regional development.
The importance of Research in the development of Cantabria International Campus is reflected in each of the strategic lines with projects that are being developed and with the creation of “Centre-Company Clusters” in each of the activities. In this context, the International Centre of Technology and Port Administration (CITAP) has been developed with the participation of the Port Authority in Santander and Menéndez-Pelayo International University (UIMP), and the creation of a new Institute in technologies and communications is also being studied.