Research at the University of Oviedo

The University of Oviedo was one of the first nine Spanish universities to obtain the Campus of International Excellence seal, thanks to a project whose main assets include research excellence, expertise and knowledge transfer to the business sector, along with teaching excellence, internationalization and a new model of campus in closer proximity to its social environment.

The University of Oviedo has a teaching and research staff (TRS) of more than 2,000 people in 38 departments who come together in research groups to carry out this activity. Hierarchically over the research groups, there are research centres and institutes, and the academic institution also takes part in benchmark centres and national and international networks.

The University is home to a group of about 350 young researchers, who join research groups via different calls for grants and programmes to support research training and teaching, at both a post-graduate and post-doctoral level. There are also about 400 people doing research work in the context of research projects and publicly or privately funded contracts.

Los ingresos globales obtenidos por la Universidad de Oviedo para investigación en 2011 fueron de 37,5 millones de euros. Se consiguieron 70 nuevos proyectos en el Plan Nacional de I+D, 13 proyectos del Plan de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de Asturias (PCTI), 5 nuevos proyectos europeos del Séptimo Programa Marco (7PM) y más de 460 proyectos de investigación, contratos y convenios de colaboración con empresas.

The University conducts 80% of the R&D and Innovation activity in Asturias and the income it obtains from scientific output amounts to around 40 million euros a year, with nearly 500 contracts or agreements with companies to carry out research projects.

Research policy guidelines are defined by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research and the International Campus of Excellence, which is responsible for organizing the personnel, equipment and facilities that enable these achievements in the fields of research, development and innovation.

Research management receives support from the Research Service for regional national and projects, as well as for joint projects with companies and public and private entities. The European Research and Development Office is responsible for international projects, while the Research Transfer Office (OTRI) is in charge of knowledge transfer to the business world.

The University of Oviedo also works in collaboration with the University of Oviedo Foundation, which approaches research from the perspective of collaboration with business and provides support for researchers in other actions that complement research such as organizing conferences and scientific meetings.

The Biomedicine and Health Cluster and the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Cluster pool, in their respective areas of expertise, lines of specialization considered a priority in research matters at the University of Oviedo. These clusters were established through the ‘Ad Futurum' project, within the context of the Campus of International Excellence (CEI) seal, with the aim of promoting quality research focussed on technological development and innovation in strategic sectors for the region.

The institution has already set its sights on the Horizon 2020 programme, the framework programme for research and innovation funding that will come into effect in the EU for the period 2014-2020.