Unidades de I&D

FibEnTech - Materiais Fibrosos e Tecnologias Ambientais

Scientific Coordinator: Manuel José dos Santos Silva

Rua Marquês d’Ávila e Bolama
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 329 717

The RU came up from the interaction between the former Textile and Paper Materials unit (MTP) and other research groups, from UBI and 4 Polytechnic Institutes (Beja, Bragança, Castelo Branco and Guarda), which allows sharing resources, namely equipments and human resources, for the development of R&D projects of mutual interest.

The RU comprises 3 different groups: Fiber Materials-Chemistry, Fiber Materials-Physics and Environmental Technologies, that work in both specific and common activities.

Innovative research is being developed on the following topics:

. biomass for chemicals, energy and materials

. functionalization of paper materials

. development of biomaterials by electrospinning of nanofibres

. embedded electronic sensors in smart fabrics and clothing

. engineered construction of fabrics and clothing

. functionalization of textile materials for biomedical applications

. co-design and modular design

. photoelectrocatalytic materials

. water and wastewater treatment technologies, including advanced oxidation processes and constructed wetlands

. waste recovery and water reuse

The research projects of the FibEnTech unit are important for the up-grade and innovation of the textile, clothing and paper industries, as well as for water and wastewater management.

CMA - Centro de Matemática e Aplicações

Scientific Coordinator: Rui Miguel Nobre Martins Pacheco

Rua Marquês d’Ávila e Bolama
6201-001 Covilhã

Phone +351 275 319 700


CMA, Centre of Mathematics and Applications, is a research unit in Mathematics and Applications, hosted by University of Beira Interior (UBI). UBI provides the requested facilities, budget management, computing support and institutional framework to wards CMA’s activities.

The mission of CMA is to achieve scientific excellence in research and innovation  within Mathematics

  • CMA has been contributing to new developments in different areas of Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Analysis, Probability and Statistics) and applications (namely, Physics)
  • CMA is also committed to  the dissemination of Mathematics, presenting it as a fundamental discipline for the development of society at all levels.

Moreover, CMA is particulary focused to find synergies with industry,  business  enterprises, non-profits and government agencies.

CMA is the sole research unit in mathematics and theoretical physics  located in the interior centre and north of Portugal and has achieved  scientific excellence, unequivocal academic merit and broader international impact in its areas of research through a committed collaboration among its members.

CISE - Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre

Scientific Coordinator: António João Marques Cardoso

Calçada Fonte do Lameiro
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 329 902

The Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre (CISE), established at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), is focused on the study of electromechatronic systems, integrating into a single domain the following three main engineering areas: electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering.

CISE comprises two dedicated research facilities, the Electromechatronic Systems Laboratory (LSE) of the University of Beira Interior (UBI), and the Guarda International Research Station on Renewable Energies (GIRS-RES), at the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda. LSE is equipped for simulation studies and experimental tests in some of the research areas of the electromechatronic systems domain. The research activities are complemented by GIRS-RES, which is especially dedicated to the renewable energies study. Due to the need for the installation of bulky equipment, outdoor area and proper conditions, this facility provides the required conditions.

C-MAST - Center for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and Technologies

Scientific Coordinator: Paulo Jorge dos Santos Pimentel Oliveira

Rua Marquês d’Ávila e Bolama
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 319 700


Historically, the research unit “CAST – Centre for Aerospace Science and Technologies” (www.aerospace.ubi.pt) was created in 1994  by a small group of aerospace engineers.

Now we became a Reasearch Center developing studies in Energy, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a wide spectrum of areas, from Astrodynamics to Technological Forecasting.

We are involved in high-level international collaboration, scientific networks, and prestigious professional societies, also aiming
to intensify and promote investigation and collaboration with the industry in these domains in Portugal, to improve the quality of
teaching/learning in the involved institutions, to qualify high-level specialists, and to develop outreach activities.

With these goals in view, the activities of the Centre are multidisciplinary and combine scientific, technological, economic and
social aspects. The Centre research and development activities can be grouped within five main multidisciplinary thematic areas:

• Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DyCoSS)

• Aeronautical Materials and Structures (AeroMaS)

• Energetic systems (SiNerge)

• Technological Forecasting and Industrial Management (TeFIM)

CAST identifies its objectives as

• Consolidation, intensification and internationalization of research in its activity areas;

• Contribution to national and regional capacity of industrial development and technology transfer;

• Training and qualification of researchers on post-graduate and post-doctoral level and initiation of graduate students in
scientific research in the activity areas;

• Promotion of the scientific culture in academic environment and to general public.

NECE - Research Center in Business Sciences

Scientific Coordinator: João José de Matos Ferreira
Estrada do Sineiro
6200-209 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 319 600


NECE Research Unit in Business Sciences is a Department of Management and Economics research centre at the University of Beira Interior (UBI).

The NECE mission is to catalyze and drive pioneering research in the business sciences integrating knowledge and methods from across the fields of business science. NECE aims to achieve this high level of scientific merit, of international benchmark standard, by promoting quality in research and developing new collaborative networks to enhance the R&D unit’s profile in the international research panorama.

The R&D unit seeks to support research strongly related to firms and other institutions in its region, as well as increase the prevailing level of internationalisation, whether through disseminating research, establishing partnerships for research and advanced training or through contributing to international research projects.

Thus, NECE intends to assert and strategically position itself as a research unit of national and international reference in the field of business sciences. The NECE scientific research agenda is organized into three research groups:

i) Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation: This research group aims to encourage entrepreneurship, competitiveness and the innovation of small businesses through different approaches and perspectives contributing to an entrepreneurial and sustainably competitive society.

ii) Organizational Management: This group mainly focuses on the management of for profit and nonprofit organizations taking into consideration their respective micro and macro environments. The research group thus studies management and its relationship with sustainability, reputation, corporate social responsibility, philanthropic non-profits, public organizations, stakeholder well-being, accountability, climate change and behavioural ethics.

iii) Economics and Finance: this group brings about the publication of high quality articles dealing with issues in general economics, including energy economics, and finance, which impact on national and global economies to provide an international forum for applied E&F market research and covering energy economics and corporate and banking and risk finance alongside interrelated fields. This also incorporates the links between the real and financial facets to the economy, forecasting and recent developments in econometric techniques applicable to economics and finance research.

A lead researcher coordinates each group and strives to promote and define the group’s action strategies, streamline research activities and foster scientific production.

The NECE strategic challenge involves increasing its scientific research outputs in order to take up an international positioning as a recognized R&D unit in the business sciences field. Within this context, the 2015-2020 Strategic Program (SP) is based on the following strategic priorities:

A) Increase scientific productivity and the overall contribution to international academia on the fields of business and economics;

B) Contribute to disseminating activities and knowledge transfers;

C) Intensify the Academy-Industry relationships as a regional strategy;

D) Carry out advanced level training.

The aim of these strategic priorities involves encouraging and fostering of NECE member scientific skills so that they hold the ability to respond to new trends and leverage organizational knowledge transfers to society in creative and innovative ways.

LabCom.IFP - Comunicação, Filosofia e Humanidades

Scientific Coordinator: Joaquim Mateus Paulo Serra
Rua Marquês D’Ávila e Bolama
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 319 700


The new research unit (Labcom.IFP) is the result of the merger of two research units of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Beira Interior: the Online Communication Lab (LabCom) and the Institute of Practical Philosophy (IFP).

The new LabCom.IFP research unit, which results from the merger of LabCom and IFP, includes three research groups: (1) The Practical Philosophy Group; (2) The Communication and Media Group; and (3) The Arts and Humanities Group. The Practical Philosophy Group is composed by researchers from the Institute for Practical Philosophy (IFP), the former research unit. Likewise, for now on, the research team of the previous LabCom, integrate the two other research groups.

O LABCOM concluiu diversos projectos de carácter institucional e material, entre os quais a criação das bibliotecas online:

Da mesma forma, criou várias editoras e publicações:

Tem ainda três bases de dados no campo da imagem:

IT - Instituto de Telecomunicações – Delegação da Covilhã

Scientific Coordinator: Fernando Velez
Rua Marquês d’Ávila e Bolama
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 319 700


The IT – Covilhã is a research unit of the IT (Instituto de Telecomunicações, Pole of Coimbra).

It is hosted by Faculty of Engineering, University of Beira Interior, and where about 20 faculty members and 40 researchers develop their research activities in seven major topics:

  • Computer Graphics and Multimedia
  • Mobile Technologies and Telecommunications
  • Network and Multimedia Computing
  • Soft Computing and Image Analysis
  • Next Generation Networks and Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Power Systems

Our research unit provides the following facilities: a high-performance network, network servers, computer clusters running grid and cloud technologies, several high-end graphics workstations and PCs, laptops, network laser printers, wireless access to university network, and free access to online journals worldwide.

Our research efforts are supported through the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, the Portuguese Government’s leading funding agency for research, European Framework Programmes for research, and Institute for Telecommunications (IT) itself.

CICS - Health Sciences Research Center

Scientific Coordinator: Ana Paula Coelho Duarte
Avenida Infante D. Henrique
6200-506 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 329 001

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The Health Sciences Research Centre (“Centro de Investigação em Ciências da Saúde”; CICS-UBI) is a Research Unit financed by the  Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The mission of CICS-UBI is to promote the production of scientific knowledge and  background in Health Sciences. The Unit has two research groups of “Hormones and inflammation in health and disease” (HIHD group) and “Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences” (BBS group).

The research activity at CICS-UBI involves:

  • The development of research from the basic to the clinical and epidemiological points of view. These research lines include domains such as neurodegeneration, endocrinology and reproduction, hypersensitivity and inflammation, and cardiovascular diseases;
  • The development of procedures integrating different technological subjects to respond to the new challenges of producing or modifying products or processes relevant for industrial application or with biomedical interest.

The CICS-UBI obtained the classification VERY GOOD in the last FCT evaluation.

The CICS-UBI facilities cover an area of 1830 square meters, which include common laboratories and specific facilities with a
functional organisation. Some of the specific facilities are used to perform general tasks such as cold room and the freezers room
for samples storage, solutions room, washing and sterilization room centrifugation room and a facility used for tissue processing
samples. More specific facilities are the animal facilities, cell culture laboratory, fluorescence microscopy laboratory, polymerase
chain reaction laboratory, nucleic acids electrophoresis laboratory, protein electrophoresis and western blotting laboratory,
radioactivity laboratory, cytometry laboratory, cardiovascular physiology laboratory, chromatography laboratories, microbiology laboratories, proteomics laboratory, micro-calorimetry laboratory, NMR laboratory and organic synthesis laboratory.

All these facilities are conveniently equipped to develop high level research in the scope of the research lines approved by the Scientific Council of CICS-UBI.

C-MADE - Center of Materials and Building Technologies

Scientific Coordinator Jorge Tiago Queirós da Silva Pinto
Calçada Fonte do Lameiro
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 329 726


C-MADE, Centre of Materials and and Building Technologies, is a research unit in civil engineering and related areas, formed by consortium between the University of Beira Interior (UBI) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) that have complementary resources for research, advanced training, technological development and innovation, within its scientific objectives.

C-MADE’s mission is to foster scientific and technical excellence in research and innovation, contributing to new developments in key scientific areas of civil engineering materials and technologies, which are needed for timely and effectively adaptation and impact mitigation of societal changes and climatic actions.

Its scientific objectives are structured into four main strategic axes:

1. Sustainable materials and binders, which address the main aspects, related to development and implementation environmentally friendly binding materials for building and road infrastructures.
2. Mechanical behaviour and durability, addressing topics such as the structural safety and durability of buildings systems and infrastructures and the implementation of smart warning systems, bringing together monitoring systems.

3. Energy efficiency and environment, focusing on smarter use of energy by improving the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases through behavior change and use of alternative energy and adequate construction solutions.

4. Resource efficiency and raw materials, addressing sustainable and efficient use of resources, mitigation of human environmental impacts and adaptation to global changes.

AEROG / LAETA - Aeronautics and Astronautics Research Center

Scientific Coordinator: Jorge Manuel Martins Barata
Calçada Fonte do Lameiro
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 329 732


The Aeronautics and Astronautics Research Center (AeroG) is dedicated to the research and technology development in the field of Aeronautics and Space, with a view to improving safety and environmental protection, while promoting the socioeconomic growth and the quality of life of citizens.

The activities of the AeroG aim at contributing to strengthen the excellence of European science base in the scientific and technological fields of aeronautics and astronautics.

The AeroG research activities include basic and applied research in the specific areas of Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Satellites and Aircraft Systems, Air Transport, and short takeoff/ vertical landing aircrafts (VSTOL).

AeroG was evaluated by an International Evaluation Panel, under the FCT evaluation initiative, and received a classification of Very Good.

AeroG is a member of the National Associated Laboratory LAETA.

CIDESD - Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development

Scientific Coordinator: Daniel Almeida Marinho
Rua Morais do Convento
6201-001 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 329 717


The Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD) is a cross-institutional technical and
scientifically multi-disciplinary unity of applied and fundamental research hosted in Vila Real, in University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro.

Originally 2007 this centre appears from the network integration, by a consortium agreement, of six previous research units
originally from the Polytechnic Institute of Braganza.

The Sports Schools of Rio Maior, the University of Beira Interior, the Higher Institute of Maia, the University of Madeira, the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, ther two extinguished Research centres previously accredited by FCT (National Foundation for Science and Technology) were also integrated and merged in CIDESD: the Institute of Sciences of Brain and Physics for well being and safety from Higher Institute of Maia, and the Research Centre of human development and Physical Activity from the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro. In 2008, two more Institutions were fully integrated in this network: The nursing Health School of Vila Real and the Educational higher School from the Institute Polytechnic of Viseu.

The research activities of the Unit are organized in 2 Groups:

  • Sports Performance
    • Performance analysis;
    • Genetic, Physiological and Biomechanical analysis;
    • Strength and Conditioning.
  • Health
    • Physical activity and health;
    • Health systems and services / health promotion;
    • Professional and pedagogical intervention.

CEFAGE - Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics

Scientific Coordinator: Tiago Manuel Guterres Neves Sequeira
Estrada do Sineiro
6200-209 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 319 600


The Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics of the University of Beira Interior (CEFAGE-UBI) was created in
2011 and is a member of CEFAGE-UE which was founded in 2006, with the aim of promoting research in the areas of Management
and Economics. Since 2009, CEFAGE-UE is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Teconologia (FCT) and achieved the maximum
grade (“Excellent”) in its latest research units evaluation. Its objective is to promote the basic and applied research to be published
in a selective set of international peer-reviewed journals.

The research interests of CEFAGE-UE’s members cover, among other fields, agricultural economics, econometrics, environmental
resources, finance, industrial organization, innovation and entrepreneurship, international economics, labour economics,
operations research, tourism economics, spatial economics and sustainable growth. Therefore, CEFAGE-UE is divided into four
research groups: “Industrial Economics and Business Strategy”, “Econometrics, Statistics and Operations Research”, “Finance and
Accounting” and “Labour, International and Spatial Economics”.

CIES - Center for Research and Studies in Sociology

Scientific Coordinator: Nuno Miguel Cavaca Augusto
Estrada do Sineiro
6200-209 Covilhã
Phone +351 275 319 600


The CIES-UBI, a pole of the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL) in UBI, was founded in 2012 as a result of
meeting the objectives pursued either by ISCTE-IUL, through the CIES-IUL, either by UBI, within the scientific research and
diffusion of knowledge in the field of sociology and other social sciences.

Its main goals:

  • Develop projects of pure or applied research in the field of sociology or other related social sciences;
  • Develop theoretical models and methodologies within the framework of the different lines of research and projects;
  • Promote and support national and international publication of research results, in the areas of knowledge considered relevant and innovative;
  • Promote and assess the social intervention based on research;
  • Organize and assist in the organization of congresses, symposia, seminars, specialized courses, scientific meetings and conference cycles;
  • Stimulate and deepen the connection of the University with the community, actively promoting inter-institutional forms of cooperation that contribute to the formation of policy-making and action.
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