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Research and Innovation Report

The framework for the policies pursued by the governing team of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. We thus propose a new series of thematic documents to be presented before the Governing Council that aim to promote accountability and bring the management of our university closer to the community. In this document we present the element that makes us more visible and sets us apart from the rest our research and innovation.

First we discuss the researchers who carry out this research and highlight the most prominent ones among them. In addition we give special mention to those who have been recognised for the work they have conducted in the fight against COVID-19. The results provided by the resources invested in predoctoral contracts are clearly observed, as is the leading role played by women in research.

As a result of the work carried out since the creation of the International Pre-Award Support Unit (USPIR), we are beginning to see an increase in the amount of resources that have been raised through competitive (and especially international) channels, many of which have been earmarked for the recruitment of research staff. Further increases in the resources we have obtained will help us to grow, strengthen our scientific infrastructures (which had become obsolete), and enable us to make a qualitative and quantitative leap forward in terms of our visibility as a leading research university.

In the innovation section we highlight the consolidation of the new mode of support provided by the Research to Business (R2B) programme (with two grants of €15,000 and five grants of €10,000), the creation of a space for URV spin-offs companies, the introduction of a cross-disciplinary course on entrepreneurship, and the results of a pilot call for technology-transfer premiums provided by the Ministry, with the award of premiums for all areas of knowledge. Transfer and innovation have therefore become cross-disciplinary, while another incentive to further their development has been provided by the creation of two new spin-offs and three new start-ups.

Finally, we must also mention some of the challenges that lie ahead of us. COVID-19 has put the entire research and innovation system to the test and, despite all the efforts that have been made, the pandemic will surely have an impact on our results this year. Moreover, we still face the challenges posed by generational change, gender inequalities in certain indicators, and the need to attract more and better top-level scientific talent.

With the efforts and enthusiasm of everyone involved, we expect to continue forging ahead, conducting quality research and offering society all this knowledge in the form of publications, transfer, co-creation, companies and the dissemination of scientific work.

María José Figueras Salvat
Rector