The University of Barcelona is Spain's leading research university. It publishes more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), according to the European Commission's Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators.
The work of the research groups is overseen by the UB's research centres and institutes, which collaborate with the leading research institutions and networks in Spain and abroad. The UB is also home to three large research foundations: the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), which houses the Institute of Biomedical Research (IRB) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC); the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL).
The guidelines for research policy are drawn up by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research. Research activities are managed by the UB office Research Management (OGR), which is in charge of national research programs, the UB office European Research Projects (OPER), which is responsible for European projects, and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG), which oversees knowledge transfer and relations with the business sector.
The Science and Technology Centres (SCT) are a group of UB centres that support research both in the university and in other public and private institutions.