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Vice-rector for Research, Transfer and Innovation

Research is one of the fundamental pillars of any prestigious university such as UVigo, it constitutes the foundation of the university's training function, the mean for the progress of the economy and the transfer of knowledge to society.

At Universidade de Vigo the number of researchers working in its classrooms and laboratories is around 1500, with more than 150 research groups from different branches of knowledge. Powerful groups at national and international level that lead and make UVIGO a strong institution in terms of attracting European and national projects. With several own and interuniversity research centers, specialized in Biomedical Sciences, Marine Sciences, Information and Communication Technologies, Technology, Energy and Industrial Processes, Economics, Mathematics, Agri-food Research, Landscape, and with specialist groups in Language and Cognition, Translation and interpretation, Didactics, Sports, Physiotherapy, among others, whose lines of research contribute to the experimental and technological advance and development, to innovation applied to the production system, to the safety and health of people and to the improvement of the quality of life of citizens and the progress of society.

The Vice-Rector's Office for Research, Transfer and Innovation is in charge of designing the guidelines that facilitate the work of all the agents and services involved in scientific and technological advance, as well as the promotion of research projects and grants and the formalization of specific contracts with companies and institutions. Under its umbrella, in addition to the research centres, is the University Library, the Publications Service and other units that support research work such as the Center for Scientific and Technological Research Support (CACTI), the Toralla Marine Science Station (ECIMAT) and the Research, Transfer and Innovation Center (CITI), which make up a valuable team of human and material resources that supports the research and transfer activities, the main mission of the Universidade de Vigo.

We are very proud of the work and research of UVigo and we appreciate that you have chosen our university for a stay, we hope that your stay will be very satisfactory and productive.

María Belén Rubio Armesto, Vice-Rector for Research, Transfer and Innovation

University general information

Established in 1990, the Universidade de Vigo is a public Spanish university located in Galicia (Northwest Spain). It comprises three campuses, the main one in Vigo, and two more in Pontevedra (30 km from Vigo) and Ourense (95 km from Vigo). 

The Universidade de Vigo aims to generate excellent science, train in values of excellence, and contribute to society. In 2020, there were about 20,000 undergraduate and 500+ postgraduate students, 1500+ faculty members and researchers and 800+ administrative and support staff.

The research activity in the Universidade de Vigo is supported by 150+ research groups, which together form four Research Centres and two Clusters: CINBIO (Biomedical Centre), CIM (Marine Centre), AtlanTTIC (Technology of the Information and Communication Centre) and CINTECX (Technologies, Energy and Industrial Processes); ECOBAS (Economics and Business Administration for Society), CITACA (Agro-Food Research).

The research potential has attracted funding from more than 400 European, national and regional projects, receiving 65 million euros over the last 5 years (2015-2019).

The Universidade de Vigo runs the Campus of International Excellence, Campus do Mar, adding to the 3000 researchers and 25 marine research institutions of Spain and Portugal, forming a cross-border network of research and knowledge with the sea as a driving force.

The Universidade de Vigo has also placed a considerable emphasis on R&D activities over recent years. More than 600 R&D activities per year confirm the university’s strong relationship with companies, clusters and public entities in its area of influence, worth more than 5 million euros per year. In the same way, about 15 national and European patent requests have been submitted and 4 spin-offs have been established per year. 

Our university has been ranked repeatedly within the 100 best world universities of less than 50 years by The Times Higher Education and listed in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2011. 

The Universidade de Vigo follows the European HR strategy of Excellence for Researchers (HRS4R) and the Open, Transparent and Merit-Based recruitment principles.

Find out more: 

HR Excellence in Research

In 2017 the Universidade de Vigo was recognised by the European Commission (EC) with the HR Excellence in Research Award and with the Seal of Excellence.
HR Excellence in Research reflects our commitment to continuously improve and make progress in aligning our human resources policies & strategies with the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code).

The Charter & Code are a set of general principles and requirements for researchers as well as employers and/or funders of researchers. Its implementation by research institutions renders them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

The ‘Human Resources Strategy for Researchers’ EC programme supports research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices with the aim of contributing to the consolidation of the European Research Area (ERA) unified and open to the world, based on a market in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely. 

The Seal of Excellence is a prestigious endorsement designed to support MSCA outstanding applicants whose proposals show exceptional potential but cannot be funded under the current budget.

We are currently working towards the 4th phase of the process on implementing the HR Strategy & Action Plan 2019-2022 

See our progress so far to Quality here.

Letter of Acceptance & Registration

The researcher’s ‘host’ will fill in your details and the terms of your stay on this form at least 30 days before the start of the stay. The system will issue an invitation letter (PDF) which will be sent to you.

This invitation letter will include a link to a form or questionnaire that you must fill out.

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Planning your arrival

You should contact the Vice-Rectorate for Research, Transfer and Innovation (selohr@uvigo.gal) at least one week in advance to confirm your definitive arrival date.


In the following links you will find practical information on finding accommodation:

Health and wellbeing

Healthcare Insurance

As a visiting researcher at the UVigo, you will need health insurance. You will have to give credit to having insurance before starting at our university.

  • If you come from a country of the European Union, you can prove having health insurance with the European Health Card (EHC). It is highly recommendable that, together with your EHC, you hire an additional health insurance with any company, including accidents, international sanitary transfer, travelling assistance, and repatriation in case of accident or severe illnesses.
  • If you come from a country outside the European Union, you will need to hire an international private insurance. The Universidade de Vigo is one of the Spanish universities adhered to Oncampus, a company specialized in insurance for the university community. On this link you can check their conditions and, if you were interested in it, you could hire the insurance online and print the written proof.

Support to disabled researchers

If you have a disability or a chronic disease, you can get in touch with the Unit of Attention to Students with Special Needs on diversidade@uvigo.gal. Please, make sure you are specific about your needs so measures can be taken in order to provide you with the most suitable solution.

COVID-19 protocol

2020 is proving to be a particularly complex year, surrounded by uncertainty around the world. We are confident that your stay can be carried out with certain normality, but everything depends on the pandemic evolution. In any case, before your arrival we will send you the COVID19 Safety Protocol, prepared by the Occupational Risk Prevention Service of the Universidade de Vigo, so that, after reading it, you commit, by signing, to comply with the established rules to minimize the risk of contagion.

Doctoral courses enrolment (R1 Researchers)

If you are a pre-doctoral researcher, you MUST formalize your enrolment at the Universidade de Vigo in a specific doctoral programme, under the modality of registration “Stay” for the time of its duration.

When your fill out the registration form, you must choose a doctoral course from the drop-down list. However, in case you do not find, within the offer of doctoral programs of the Universidade de Vigo, a similar line of research to that you are working on, you can choose the “Generic Doctoral Course” of the International School of Doctorate-Eido that is first in the drop-down list. (RULES FOR VISITING RESEARCH STAFF, Art.2)

As you are not required to give credit that you are entitled to access a doctoral course, IN NO CASE will we certify that you have completed a doctoral course at the Universidade de Vigo. However, although you are not obliged to do so, if you choose to carry out any of the activities of a doctoral course, we will certify ONLY such activity.

International School of Doctorate (Eido)

Tuition fee arrangements (R1 researchers)

The tuition fees are based on the length of the stay:

Tuition fee arrangements
PhD Course Full Academic (100%) Up to 9 months (75%) Up to 6 months (50%) Up to 3 months (25%)
Tuition fees 200 euros 150,00 euros 100,00 euros 50,00 euros
Management Fee 28,85 euros 28,85 euros 28,85 euros 28,85 euros
Total 228,85 euros 178,85 euros 128,85 euros 78,85 euros

Enrolment will be managed by our Postgraduate Service staff. Once done, you will receive the payment document.

Postgraduate Studies Management Service