IPSANTARÉM promotes its policy of guided research, technological development, and high-level professional development through the IPSantarém Research Unity (UI-IPS), of the participation, articulated in scientific fields (based on the FCT indicators, in two centers (CIDESD and CIEQV) recognized by the FCT, and the involvement of teachers in research centers of other institutions, equally recognized by FCT.

The IPSantarem Research Unit (UI-IPS), created in 2008, aims to contribute to the production and diffusion of knowledge, creation, transmission and dissemination of professional nature knowledge, culture, science, technology, arts, guided research and experimental development, within a regional, national and international reference framework. It’s the responsibility of the UI-IPS to coordinate scientific research within IPSantarem, in articulation with the integrated Higher Schools. The objectives of IPU are: A) To promote research and scientific development, through the Scientific Domains: Life Sciences and Health; Exact Sciences and Engineering; Natural Sciences and the Environment and Social and Human Sciences. B) To promote the provision of services to the community; C) Contribute to the development of postgraduate training. The UI-IPS integrates a direction and a scientific council, being organized in the scientific domains, areas and sub-areas of the FCT, where the projects of the teachers of the five Higher Schools of IPSantarém. The strategic plan the UI-IPS for 2016-2020, is based on the following axes: 1) organizational structure; 2) research and development; 3) collaborative work; 4) disclosure and dissemination of research; 5) relationship with the community and partnerships.


The Center for Research in the Sciences of Sport, Health and Human Development (CIDESD) is a multidisciplinary, technical and scientifically applied research unit, headquartered at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real). Originally created in 2007, this center comes from the network integration, through a Consortium, of the following institutions: Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (1); Higher School of Sports of Rio Maior – Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (2); University of Beira Interior (3); Higher Institute of Maia (4); University of Madeira (5); University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (6); (In 2008) School of Health and Nursing of Vila Real (7); Higher School of Education – Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (8); (In 2013) University of Évora (9); (In 2015) Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (10); and Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (11).

Currently, CIDESD is a large national and international network, composed of four research communities: GERON, STRONG, CreativeLab and CFD – Computational Fluid Dynamics. GERON is focused on the relationship between physical activity, exercise and health of the elderly population. STRONG is related to the analysis of genetic, physiological and biomechanical models capable of describing and predicting human movement and its relation to performance. CreativeLab aims to develop indicators related to collaborative work and creativity, helping to explain the mechanisms that govern the decision-making process and which contribute to understanding the complexity of the human mind. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) is a program to identify and describe the forces generated by the swimmer’s propulsive segments and the magnitude of the drag forces that resist forward motion.

The Center for Research in Quality of Life (CIEQV) was established through a consortium between IPSantarém and IPLeiria. The CIEQV’s have as its mission, through its research, contribute to the production of knowledge and innovation to promote the improvement of the quality of life of the human being.

The CIEQV’s mission is aligned with the priorities of the “Europe 2020 Strategy” in relation to some of the societal challenges, namely in maintaining high standards of quality of life across the different age groups and social contexts.

THE CIEQV, in global terms, focuses its research in the areas: (a) feeding and its production (food security and sustainable agriculture), (b) physical activity as a condition for citizens’ quality of life, (c) education in its various aspects, allied with the creation and use of innovative technology, and (d) the quality of life of people at work. Thus, the research promoted by the CIEQV has a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approach to knowledge in the mentioned domains, in order to promote innovation and scientific excellence.