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.



CECAV is a research centre that develops fundamental and applied research in animal production and veterinary sciences, with emphasis on increasing efficiency and sustainability of livestock production and safety of products of animal origin without compromising the surrounding environment and economic conditions. New developments on animal production, industrial processing of animal products, animal health issues, as well as on the environmental impacts constitute the main research areas.
CEL is a multidisciplinary research centre, which aggregates researchers from the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University and the Évora University around the issues of Linguistics (main scientific domain), Literature, Culture and Communication. It was created in 2003 with 15 members and has grown over time to encompass 51 senior researchers.
Activity at CERTIC is oriented towards the application of science and technology in the improvement of the quality of life of people with special needs, including persons with disabilities, elderly and bedridden in areas such as access to information technologies, communication and mobility.
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.
CETRAD is a multidisciplinary research centre in the field of social sciences, which works mainly around three thematic Research Areas: Globalisation, State & Policy; Innovation, Markets & Organisations; and Society, Territory & Resources.
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 is integrated in the Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering Associate Laboratory (IBB), which is a research and development (R&D) unit, founded in October 2006, aiming to be a strategic infrastructure for the development of the Portuguese R&D and innovation policies in the areas of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Life, Biomedical and Agricultural Sciences. IBB combines its R&D activities with advanced education, technology transfer, consulting and services, with the aim of fostering the industrial, health, agriculture and environmental sectors.
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.
CIDESD is a cross-institutional, technical and scientifically multi-disciplinary unity of applied and fundamental research. Its main research fields are Sports, Health Sciences and Human Development. Several universities, schools and higher education institutes partake in this research centre, among which the University of Beira Interior, the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and the Sport Schools of Rio Maior. Its research activities are organized into three fundamental areas: Sport Sciences and Performance; Health; Professional and Pedagogical Intervention.
CITAB is mostly focused on the agro-food and forestry systems, using the production-chain approach as a whole. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from fundamental sciences such as biology and chemistry to agronomists, forestry engineers and ecologists, and also benefits from the input of other scientific experts in the fields of mathematics, physics, technological engineering and engineering. The inclusion of these other experts in the centre brings new solutions, maximizes the resources and adds higher value to the development and upgrading of the agriculture and forestry production chains.
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.
CM-UTAD is a scientific research unit which started its activities in July of 2007. Its objectives include the promotion and support of Mathematics through research, education at the graduate and undergraduate levels, activities for Primary, Elementary and Secondary Schools, as well as science outreach. The Centre comprehends four main research areas: Algebra, Geometry and Applications; Statistics and Operational Research; Analysis; and History and Methodology of Mathematics.
CQVR is a research unit of UTAD. Its mission is to perform scientifically recognized research in areas involving Chemistry, to explore potential applications and to contribute to the training of young researchers. Since its foundation (2001) the CQVR has seen an increase in its members and, particularly, a noticeable enhancement of their academic qualifications.
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.