Educational Agreement


In order to bolster R&D activity and improve the quality of public- and private-sector innovation in technology, the University of Barcelona Group (UB Group) conducts a number of projects promoting knowledge and technology transfer in basic research between the UB and private and public businesses and institutions. The UB Group hereby ensures that such institutions can play an instrumental role in technological innovation and fully develop the potential of the quaternary sector.

The UB Group actively participates in the EU's research, development and innovation policies in the framework of the new European Research Area. The UB Group's agencies, which include the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, the Patents Centre, the Science and Technology Centres, and the Barcelona Science Park, share the following objectives: 

  • to intensify participation between university researchers and researchers in private companies;
  • to promote new ties between the public and private sectors;
  • to facilitate the creation of high-level technology platforms favouring basic research and technological innovation in companies;
  • to develop procedures to support the creation of technology-based companies and spin-offs.


The University of Barcelona is Spain's leading research university. It publishes more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), according to the European Commission's Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators.

The work of the research groups is overseen by the UB's research centres and institutes, which collaborate with the leading research institutions and networks in Spain and abroad. The UB is also home to three large research foundations: the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), which houses the Institute of Biomedical Research (IRB) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC); the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL).

The guidelines for research policy are drawn up by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research. Research activities are managed by the UB office Research Management (OGR), which is in charge of national research programs, the UB office International Research Projects (OPIR), which is responsible for European projects, and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG), which oversees knowledge transfer and relations with the business sector.