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Research Centres and Institutes

​Institute of Physics of Cantabria

The Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA) is a Joint Centre with the combined effort of two institutions, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and University of Cantabria (UC) oriented to perform research on basic science: to understand the components of nature, from elemantary particles (Particle Physics) to the largest structures of the Universe (Astronomy and Space Science) as well as the complex collective behaviour of matter (Statistical and Non-linear Physics). Our centre has mantained a steadily grow in all its aspects since its creation in 1995, reaching its current size of about 100 people, with about 20 staff researchers. It produces yearly more than 100 publications in the best journals in the respective fields and has nearly 20 active proyects, obtaining an external funding of about 2.5M/year, more than 80% of the total budget.

International Institute for Prehistoric Research

The International Institute for Prehistoric Research in Cantabria is a University Research Institute of a mixed nature, created at the University of Cantabria in the year 2004, and sponsored by the Government of Cantabria and Santander Bank.

The Institute is dedicated to research in Prehistory, in its sections in basic and applied research, as well as providing technical advice in the area of its competence.

Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria"

The Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria" is a joint research center that carries out research, knowledge transfer and training of specialists in the fields of fresh and saltwater. This work has allowed IH Cantabria to be at the forefront of national and international organizations working in the water cycle in its various facets. At IH Cantabria there are over 140 researchers and the center has over thirty years of experience.
IH Cantabria's facilities have been financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Government of Cantabria and European Union FEDER funds.

Instituto de Biomedicina y Biotecnología de Cantabria (IBBTEC)

The IBBTEC is a strategic Project for the development of biomedical science in Cantabria. It was created in April 2007 as a joint Center (University of Cantabria-CSIC-Government of Cantabria).
The main mission of this Institute is to carry out a high level research in the area, together with the potentiation of the productive areas related to health, by means of a relevant level of transference of technology. In addition to the excellence in terms of publications and basic research markers, the IBBTEC will create a Unit specifically devoted to Services: Biological Evaluation, Screening, Transference

Foundation for Study and Research in the Financial Sector (UCEIF) 

The UCEIF Foundation is a founding entity created by the University of Cantabria and Santander Group which aims to contribute to creation and dissemination of knowledge in the financial field.

International Centre for Mathematical Meetings (CIEM)

CIEM was one of the nodes of the i-Math project since its orgins in October 2006 until its end in April 2012. i-Math was a Spanish-wide mathematics research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation via the Ingenio 2010 - Consolider program. There were more than 1500 researchers involved in this project.

Marqués de Valdecilla Centre for Training and Research (Government of Cantabria)

Valdecilla Biomedical Research Institute -IFIMAV- was born in 2002 as an organization for the promotion of excellence in research in the region of Cantabria, and specifically in the University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla. The development of IFIMAV has followed the model of a Biomedical Research Institute, model proposed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III that encourages translational research as method to improve patient assistance.

Translational research undertaken by excellent clinicians in collaboration with laboratory researchers is considered key element for our future. The increase of research activities implies better healthcare professionals with an advanced knowledge of illnesses and a better assistance. According to these principles IFIMAV encourages collaborative teams composed of basic and clinical researchers from the academia and the health system to find the way to turn their discoveries into practical solutions for patients, and to sum up, to ensure that discoveries are certainly translated into benefits in the daily practice of medicine.

Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital (Government of Cantabria)

The Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital (HUMV) is a founding aggregate of Cantabria International Campus, according to the framework agreement signed by the institution in 2009. Being a university hospital, it allows training collaborative partnerships to be natural and deep.
The Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital (HUMV) and the University of Cantabria (UC) are two basic parts of the area of excellence in “Biomedicine and Biotechnology”. The HUMV, through its “Marqués de Valdecilla” Institute for Training and Research (IFIMAV), is the body of scientific and technical support to actions in research and teaching in the Public Health System of Cantabria. The University of Cantabria (UC) develops training, research and scientific and technological development in Biomedical Sciences and participates in the management of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC), a joint center of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Government of Cantabria and the UC itself.