Strategic framework 2020-2023

The strategic framework defined for the 2020-2023 period for iMATUS is based on a solid scientific basis in the field of materials science, on its teaching capacities, on its experience in the development of international projects and on the potential to bring its capabilities and knowledge towards industry and society. Based on this, the strategy in this first cycle is aimed at strengthening the foundations of the Institute on three levels: the activity (scientific and transfer), the people (research community and management team) and the structure (of government and organization).


iMATUS aspires to become an international reference research center in the field of materials with scientific and socio-economic impact on health, industry, emerging technologies, environment and energy.


Perform science of multidisciplinary excellence in the area of materials applied to health, industry, emerging technologies, environment and energy, relying on the R&D&i ecosystem of Galicia to transfer results to the economic sector. Train research staff to foster their future insertion into academia and the R&D&i system.


To start the path to mission fulfillment, the first strategic cycle faces the following challenges:

  1. Establish a scientific project of excellence with which iMATUS can position itself as a benchmark entity, at an international level, in its fields of specialization.
  2. Configure an ad-hoc knowledge and technology transfer model. Starting from a demand approach and combining this with scientific capacity, iMATUS has to focus on meeting the needs of the market and customers, seeking to generate economic return and contribute to the economic development of Galicia.
  3. Advance in the formation of a research community and an attractive work environment for retention and recruitment of the best research talent.
  4. Implement an agile and efficient governance, organization and management system to achieve the research, transfer and talent challenges posed for the period.

In addition, in a transversal manner, the actions related to the fulfillment of these challenges will be carried out within the framework of the HRS4R policy of the USC and the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation.


In the development of these actions, a series of principles that will shape the identity of iMATUS will serve as a guide. These principles are listed below:

  • Committed to the scientific project, understanding this commitment as the search for alignment with the objectives of the iMATUS scientific project, which implies “putting focus” and not deviating from the scientific path outlined.

  • Open to collaboration, primarily at this stage between the members of iMATUS but also externally with stakeholders.

  • Global, seeking the international projection of activities without neglecting the contribution to the development of the immediate environment.

  • Exemplary, in the quality of scientific and teaching performance and in the deontology of professional conduct in its different facets, respectful of the principles of responsible research and innovation.

  • Efficient, to get the most out of their own resources and those provided by the university and the R&D&i system.


Considering the risks and limitations inherent to being a newly created institute, the tactic for the deployment of actions is based on:

  • It is committed to the development of its own actions in critical aspects for the achievement of the objectives and the establishment of key capacities.

  • Effective and efficient coordination with the services provided by the university, as well as with the network of centers and institutes.

  • Taking advantage of the resources that the R&D&i system makes available to the scientific network, not only as financial resources, but also as activities or services that can contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.