Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH



To contribute to the general benefit of society and, in particular, to improve business competitiveness through the transfer and commercialisation of technological knowledge.

To promote applied research and foster cooperation and internal coordination among the various CIT UPC research centres, with a view to conducting research and transferring the R&D results to the business world.

To meet the technology needs of companies, as well as any other institutions, by providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary technological service, thereby bolstering companies’ efforts to innovate.

To promote social recognition of the technology transfer and commercialisation function performed by the research centres – and by the UPC as a whole – with emphasis on technological excellence.

Following the recommendations of the European Commission 2005/251/EC, CIT UPC has subscribed the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.


The UPC Technology Center (CIT UPC) is a non-profit entity, attached to the UPC but with its own legal personality. It is dedicated to applying university research capabilities to innovation in business.



 The CIT UPC’s Mission is:

To promote greater business competitiveness by creating, developing and implementing in companies differential technological knowledge that is generated in the UPC’s research and development centres, particularly those that are members of the CIT.

Through this Mission, CIT UPC works to achieve the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya’s (UPC) goals of promoting research, development and innovation, and contributes to the dissemination and provision of technology transfer services to companies. CIT UPC contributes to boosting, identifying, transferring and valorising technology and research results generated by its Member Centres for companies, to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the Catalan corporate sector in particular, and that of Spanish and international companies in a global environment. CIT UPC promotes innovation and excellence through the specialization, coordination and integration of the scientific and technological capacities of CIT UPC member centres, to boost and consolidate them.



The Vision of the CIT UPC Foundation is:

To become an international benchmark for excellence in research, technology transfer and innovation in technological areas that impact companies and economic growth.

The first part of the Vision involves gaining social recognition as one of the main agents of both economic development in Spain and government departments, as a vital tool in the definition and implementation of science and technology policies. The second part refers to becoming leaders in the market of research services, through knowledge based on UPC technology and the capacity to generate value for the business sector. The UPC centres are a key factor in the development of the Catalan Technology Transfer System and its establishment in society and in the economic sector.



CIT UPC bases its activity on efficiency and sustainability in order to bolster its credibility and trustworthiness while at the same time meeting the needs and expectations of its various stakeholders and complying with current regulations, in particular those related to environmental protection and occupational health and safety.

CIT UPC is dedicated to collaborating and cooperating with third parties and to actively participating, by means of the most appropriate legal model in each case, in initiatives that further the fulfilment of its mission.

The collective values of CIT UPC include the following:  

  • Commitment to our clients.
  • Participation and cooperation.
  • Independence, prestige and social outreach.
  • Sustainable development.
  • Commitment to health and safety.