Research Centres are entities devoted to continued research, shared science and technology, dissemination of culture and providing specialized services.
UTAD has adhered to an open access policy in what concerns scientific production. An online institutional repository has been created to store, preserve, divulge and provide access to the university’s scientific output. Another aim of this repository is to maximize the prominence and usage of this research, which is available for free to all who access the Internet. At UTAD, Research is coordinated by the Vice-Rectory for Science, Technology and Innovation.
The projects refer to scientific and/or technological research activities with specific purposes, limited time frames and a scheduled execution time for each task. Projects are the main form of organising the production of scientific knowledge in the research centres and they are normally integrated in programmes for research support promoted by national and international agencies.
The Centre’s main activities include research, assessment and dissemination of technical help; creation of Municipal Accessibility Plans; support to special educational needs of the Vila Real District schools (collaboration protocol with DREN – Northern Region Educational Directorate); development of telecommunications rehabilitation; advancement of rehabilitation and accessibility engineering in Portugal; promotion of IT and Communication Technologies (computers, software, Internet, digital contents, telecommunications, television, among others); and collaboration in the implementation of the National Programme for the Participation of Special Needs Citizens in the Information Society.
In 2001, the Centre for Accessibility to New Information and Communication Technologies of Vila Real (CANTIC) was created in the UTAD campus, with a Technical Help Room open to the community.
The expertise of the CETRAD researchers covers a wide range of fields, including Economics, Management, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Development Studies. The centre’s on-going research includes various national and international projects
The CGB activities are designed to create, develop and transmit knowledge in the field of Genetics and Biotechnology, promoting quality and innovation. The research activities are directed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and teachers (agronomists, biologists, biochemists, animal science and agricultural engineers), grant recipients, doctorate, masters and post-doctorate students.
In addition to the IBB research areas, the CGB also focuses on Biodiversity; Plant Engineering; Cell Genetics; Comparative, Proteomic and Functional Genomics; Cytogenetics, Pharmacogenomics, Cancer Genetics, Genetics of stress, Genotoxicity and Traceability.
To cover vertical studies in all the systems the foci for the new centre were divided into three major areas: Eco integrity, Sustainable Agro-food Chains and Bio-systems Engineering. This structure aims for more homogeneity and interaction when approaching the production chain concept, in which the climate effects, the quality of the final plant products and the inputs from engineering, modelling and remote sensing technologies have a relevant and innovative role.
The CQVR unit is organized into 3 research groups that develop fundamental and applied chemistry research in the areas of Organic Chemistry, Natural Products and Food Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; and Environmental Chemistry.
The research activities of the unit have been supported mainly through national and international projects from R&D funding agencies awarded to its members and in the last 5 years (2006-2011) complemented by the FCT budget.