The Research Institute of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (HSCSP-IR) was created on 4 June 1992 as a scientific foundation. Its mission is to promote basic, clinical, epidemiological and healthcare research in the health science and biomedical fields, with the ultimate aim of improving the health of the population.  On 10 December 2003, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia approved affiliation of the HSCSP-IR as a University Research Institute attached to the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

The Board of Trustees, as the supreme governing body, is composed of representatives of the Most Illustrious Administration (MIA), the Health Management Foundation of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (HSCSP-FGS), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Barcelona Health Consortium (CSB) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

The HSCSP-IR has as its mission to improve the health and quality of life of the population through the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge, the training of researchers to an international standard, innovation in health and the incorporation of medical advances in clinical practice and in healthcare policies.

The HSCSP-IR is currently one of the most active research centres in Catalonia, especially in relation to translational research and the application of new discoveries to clinical practice. Since 2011 it has been part of the Catalan System of Research Centres (CERCA). At November of 2018, the Institute signed his adhesion at the Code of Conduct for CERCA  centres.

In 2020, the Institute signed the Letter of Commitment to Gender Equality in Research, which was discussed and endorsed by 19 Catalan research and health centers, and which was read during the “Summit for the Advancement and Leadership of the Women in Health Sciences “, held in Girona on October 22nd, 2019.

This letter of commitment, written and signed in English, can be consulted here


On 17 May 2009, the HSCSP-IR and nine other organizations created the Sant Pau Biomedical Research Institute (IIB Sant Pau), with the aim of strengthening collaborative translational research and bridging the gap between basic research and clinical practice so as to ultimately improve patient care.

The HSCSP-IR and IIB Sant Pau are planning the construction of a new building to bring together research currently performed in diverse locations in the old HSCSP grounds. The new building will be located within the new HSCSP grounds so as to facilitate contact between the HSCSP-IR, IIB Sant Pau and HSCSP staff.

The new Research building groups in 9.681 square meters five floors with modern dependencies focused on experimental activities. It is conceived and designed with the highest environmental and functional criteria and mainly built with prefabricated, modular and easily recyclable materials. One of the main and representative characteristic is the external “double skin” constituted by hundreds of glazed ceramic pieces that protects from the  solar radiation and reminds the roofs of the Modern Enclosure.

The interior has spacious and diaphanous spaces designed for research, and several technical rooms with the ultimate technical equipment. In this design, prevails functionality and flexibility of spaces. The facilities are adapted to criteria of maximum energy and environmental efficiency. In addition to the passive devices such insulation and double façade, it has high efficiency acclimatisation equipments, LED lighting, use of rain water, centralized control system and solar photovoltaic panels. The building will also have one of the green roofs promoted by the City Council in several unique buildings in Barcelona.


In June 2020 the Research Institute of Sant Pau Hospital Building has achieved the “LEED GOLD Certification of the U.S. Green Building Council. This certification identifies the Research Institute of Sant Pau Hospital as a showcase example of sustainability and energy efficiency, both in its construction and its useful life, and demonstrates the leadership in transforming the building industry.

Last update: 20 de January de 2021

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