Institutional networks and alliances


For individual group collaborations, please see the groups’ pages.

Research agreements

Organization Relationship
economia logo Departament d’Economia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya IBEC trustee
salut logo Departament de Salut, Generalitat de Catalunya IBEC trustee
UB logoUPC logo UB and UPC IBEC’s trustees, with several research groups seconded to the institute
Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) Five of IBEC’s group leaders are also ICREA research professors: Pau Gorostiza, Silvia Muro, Sámuel Sánchez, Xavier Trepat and Paul Verschure
 ISGlobal Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB) Nanomalaria group (IBEC/CRESIB joint unit)
 ciberbbn Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN)
 ciberned Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas (CIBERNED)
logo_cellex f7f7f7 Fundació Privada CELLEX

Initiatives managed by IBEC

Organization Relationship
nanomed Spanish Nanomedicine Platform (NanoMed Spain) Managed by IBEC


Organization Relationship
eit EIT Health e.V. A consortium of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from across 14 EU countries. EIT Health was designated as an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) by the EIT Governing Board on 9th December 2014. IBEC is a member of the EIT Health e.V. and its Supervisory Board, represented by IBEC’s Director Josep Samitier.
eit EIT Health Spain EIT Health Spain is an Association that has partners from three regions (Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia) involving universities, research institutes and companies in the three areas of the innovation triangle: research, education and business creation. IBEC is a member of the Association and its Governing Board, represented by IBEC’s Director Josep Samitier.
cerca Centres de Recerca de Catalunya (CERCA) The Government of Catalonia’s means of supervising, supporting and facilitating the activities of Catalan research centres. Member
biocat_ BIOCAT BIOCAT coordinates, develops and promotes the biotechnology, biomedicine and medical technology sectors in Catalonia, to make the region an international reference in terms of high quality research, competitive networks and an increasingly dynamic knowledge transfer system. One of BIOCAT’s strategic initiatives is B·Debate, which aims to drive top-notch international scientific events to foster debate, collaboration and open exchange of knowledge among experts of renowned national and international prestige in order to tackle complex challenges of high interest in the life sciences. Member
bionanomedcat BioNanoMed Catalunya Founder (with BIOCAT)
Associació Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB) Member
Logo transp copysm Clúster de Tecnologies de la Salut Member
Barcelona Global Member
etpn European Technological Platform on Nanomedicine (ETPN) ( Member
vph Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Institute Member
acer-logo Associació Catalana d’Entitats de Recerca (ACER) IBEC Director Josep Samitier is the president. Established in 2003 by the Catalan government’s department of Universities, Investigation and Information Society, ACER is an independent association of more than 40 institutions in Catalonia which conduct research as their principal mission. The association’s goal is to help establish the region as an international benchmark in scientific and technological research by representing its associated centres, encouraging collaboration and the coordinated exchange of information, promoting synergies with similar agencies related to local, national or international research, and contributing to the improvement of scientific understanding in society.
advancecat ADVANCECAT
Member. Part of the RIS3CAT community


IBEC pursues opportunities to collaborate on a long-term basis with other world-class national or international research institutes, organisation or other bodies with a collaborative agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

These formalise the participation of IBEC and the partner institute in cooperative scientific projects, promote the exchange of researchers, aid dissemination of information, the sharing of resources and the organization of joint events and activities.

IBEC has MoUs in place with the following organisations:

Organization Relationship
Hospital clinic Fundació Clínic/Hospital Clínic, Barcelona Memorandum of Understanding
idibell Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL), Barcelona Memorandum of Understanding
nims National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan Memorandum of Understanding
itren Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering (ITREN), Dankook University, Korea Memorandum of Understanding
warwick University of Warwick’s Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, UK Memorandum of Understanding
vhir Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), Barcelona Memorandum of Understanding
igtp Institut d’Investigació en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP), Badalona Memorandum of Understanding
ntb Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technick Buchs (NTB), Switzerland Memorandum of Understanding
bmf Barcelona Macula Foundation Memorandum of Understanding
joancosta Fundació Joan Costa Roma (JCRF), Terrassa Memorandum of Understanding
Open University of Catalonia (UOC) Memorandum of Understanding
ciberbbn Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) IBEC’s Nanotechnology Platform is considered an integrated service platform within CIBER-BBN
brescia Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy Memorandum of Understanding