Campus Gandia of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has increased its research, development and innovation activities in 2022 as well the amount of funding received. This is the conclusion of the report on the Results of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (R&D&I) activities with external funding for the year 2022.
According to the data, the amount of funding for R&D&i in 2022 stands at approximately 8.18 million euros, a much higher figure than the one registered in 2021, when it reached 6.84 million euros, or the 4.78 million euros in 2020. There is an upward trend in scientific activity confirming the excellent job the Campus Gandia university community is doing.
With regard to competitive R&D&i activity (public grants) in 2022, 42% come from the Generalitat Valenciana, 40% from the central Administration, 10% from the European Union and 8% from other entities.
For their part, the R&D contracts and agreements signed in 2022 have been mostly involved businesses, followed by the administration and with other entities (universities, research centers, business associations and institutes).
Regarding the geographical distribution of R&D contracts with business in force in 2022, 47% come from companies in the Valencian Community and 47% from the rest of Spain, which indicates an increase in research carried out on the Campus in its immediate socioeconomic environment.
Instituto de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Zonas Costeras
After over 10 years in existence, the Research Institute for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (IGIC, 100% Campus Gandia institute) has managed to establish itself as one of the leading research structures of the 80 that exist in the UPV.
It is made up of 62 people, grouped into 11 research groups, who work in three research areas:
- Studies and conservation of environmental and biological resources
- Knowledge, planning and management of coastal areas
- Marine and coastal technology monitoring and analysis tools
This general objective of the institute is to promote and develop excellence in scientific research in various aspects of integrated coastal management, as well as disseminate the results and applications obtained to the agents involved and the economic sectors, contributing to the specialized training of experts in areas related to this field of research. This is made possible thanks to the extensive experience and scientific credentials of the Campus Gandia researchers and professors specializing in technologies applied to marine and coastal problems.
To work towards this ambitious goal, the main objective of IGIC over the years has been to promote the creation of a multidisciplinary team that has increased the possibility of conducting large-scale research projects. In this way, the team members are meeting the goal of turning the Institute for the Integrated Management of Coastal Zones into a leading center in its field and a pole of attraction for businesses and institutions as a result of the applicability of the projects carried out in its purview.
Integrated management has emerged as the key mechanism for ensuring sustainable development of coastal areas, a complex area both from the physical and socioeconomic perspectives. For this reason, the EU has recognized coastal areas as particularly sensitive habitats that are important for human settlements, productive activities, biodiversity and natural resources.