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A commitment to excellence in research

Our responsibility to society means that we seek continuous improvement through research.

UE Research


Major Research Areas

Social Sciences and Communication Sciences; Architecture, Engineering and Design; Physical Activity and Sports Sciences; Biomedical and Health Sciences


Research Groups

The five research centres focus on research at a national and international level.

Doctorados Universidad Europea


The Research and Doctorate School at Universidad Europea is a pioneering institution with the mission of promoting RDI and its connection with the business world.

Research collaborations

Universidad Europea has established multiple collaboration agreements with different private companies in order to promote university research, the coordinated development of innovative research projects, and the transfer of scientific results to the business world. The University has collaborated with leading companies including ASISA, FRIAT, People Experts, 3M, DKV, Ramem, CT Ingenieros and Telefónica.

Excellence in research

Excellence in research is part of Universidad Europea’s commitment to society. We undertake research with the purpose of generating transferable knowledge that contributes to social progress and development.

Through the Research and Doctorate School, Universidad Europea leads and encourages the participation of professors and students in research projects. This approach empowers professors to incorporate the most up-to-date knowledge and new advances from their own research and the wider scientific community into their teaching.

We aim to achieve excellence by prioritising lines of research that allow us to combine our extensive efforts and by channeling our resources into seeking synergies between research teams. We use the highest standards of scientific rigour and quality to develop applied research that is useful, relevant, visible, multidisciplinary and international.  Finally, we incorporate this research into our teaching so that our students are completely up to date with the most cutting-edge scientific advances in their field.

4 Major Research Areas

Social Sciences and Communication Sciences

12 research groups

General research topics:

  • Educational measurement and evaluation
  • Innovative learning methods
  • Simulation and gamification
  • Linguistics and migration
  • Finance and economics
  • Ethics and responsibility
  • Tourism
  • Criminology
Architecture, Engineering and Design

13 research groups

General research topics:

  • Educational technologies
  • Energy, environment and climate change
  • Architecture, sustainable urbanism and accessibility
  • Big data, data mining and the Internet of Things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Architectural heritage, landscape and city
  • Sustainable management
Physical Activity and Sports Sciences

10 research groups

General research topics:

  • Education through sport
  • Sports performance
  • Exercise and health benefits
  • History of sport
  • Sports facilities
  • Sports methodology
  • Physical activity management
  • Physiotherapy
Biomedical and Health Sciences

49 research groups

General research topics:

  • Health education
  • Chronic diseases
  • Biotechnology
  • Oncology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biomedicine
  • Mental health
  • Genetics
  • Rare diseases
  • Aging
  • Ocular health
  • Quality of life and wellbeing
  • Epidemiology and methodology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • New therapies and treatments

A research model backed by the educational excellence of Universidad Europea

Aid for RDI

Universidad Europea is a beneficiary of aid for the development of RDI projects, granted by different public and private organisations such as:

  • The Regional Plan for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation, 2005-2008 and 2016-2020, of the Community of Madrid.
  • The State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016 and 2017-2020 of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through:
    • the state programme for the promotion of talent and employability in RDI;
    • the state programme for knowledge generation and scientific and technological strengthening of the RDI system;
    • the state programme for business leadership in RDI;
    • the state programme for RDI aimed at tackling societal challenges; and
    • strategic action in health.
  • The Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation, known as ‘HORIZON 2020’ from 2014-2020, and Erasmus+ within the European Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport 2014-2020, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) of the European Union.
Research and Doctorate Report

The Research and Doctorate Report presents the organisational structure, resources, support and management of the Universidad Europea’s Research and Doctorate School. It details the School’s main functions and outlines representative data on the School’s activities, including doctoral theses, research groups, lines of work, publications and projects.

2020-2021 Research and Doctorate Report

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2019-2020 Research and Doctorate Report

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2018 Research and Doctorate Report

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Applications for research grants

If you would like to find out more about our research grants, please contact the OTRI (Vice-Rector’s Office for Teaching and Research) at: otri@universidadeuropea.es

Human Resources Award

Universidad Europea de Madrid signed and sent to the European Commission in March 2020 the declaration of commitment to the principles of the “Charter for European Researchers” and the “Code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers”.

The HRS4R strategy is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities and research institutions and organisations that finance research in the application of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which are intended to contribute to the development of an attractive European labour market for researchers.

The letter and the code of conduct are Commission recommendations to the Member States that are invited to apply them voluntarily:

  • European Charter for Researchers: The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements that define the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and entrepreneurs and funders.
  • Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which does not differ much from the standard rules governing recruitment, underlines the importance of open and transparent recruitment procedures and committees of diverse and experienced selection.


The quality seal awarded by the European Commission "HR Excellence in Research" identifies the institutions that create and support the existence of a stimulating and favourable environment for research work.

More than 500 organisations, 100 of them Spanish, have received the HR Excellence in Research seal.

Universidad Europea de Madrid welcomes and supports the recommendations of the European Commission containing the "European Charter for Researchers" and the "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers". It also undertakes, in accordance with its internal policies, to develop its human resources strategy, adhering to the recommendations and principles set forth in the Charter and the Code and to guarantee transparency, accessibility, equity and the search for excellence. in hiring researchers.



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Action Plan

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Additional Information

Fundación ASISA and the Universidad Europea, as part of their Chair, have opened once again the calling for applications to their research competitive funding, aiming to launch actions in R+D+i in the Biomedical Science and Healthcare areas. For this reason, funding will be granted to projects in these areas with a high level of excellence in research.

Legal bases of the call for research grants 2021

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Application form

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