We are very satisfied with the signing of the Collaboration Agreement between Salamanca’s Town Council, Caja Rural and the University of Salamanca, for the elaboration of the “II call for research projects on the primary sector”.  

This year, thanks to the economic support of Caja Rural with 50.000 €, it has been possible to obtain a budget of 150.000 €, what will allow to double the amount of financing provided to each project, by 20.000 €. The same amount will be provided by the University in Human Capital and internal resources. These joint initiatives will impact on the generation of wealth in the surrounding environment and will generate new projects. Research and transfer are fundamental elements for the development of universities, and doing this in the surrounding environment is even more important.

The financing of research in USAL is improving greatly thanks to this call, as well as numerous others that have been organized in recent years. However, there is much more to this, if we want to enhance the leadership of researchers in the University of Salamanca, we have to increase the permanent incorporation of research staff and foster the research career from the very basis by organizing specific aid programs for researchers, focusing on their needs; extending administrative support for research management and incorporating and retaining talent in research groups and in different departments.

Education and research require well equipped libraries and this is where the University has to make a great effort, at providing both, resources and staff. Also, to provide appropriately scaled research support services, with good management structures and a backing that will give a clear boost to dissemination and transfer, through solid and accurately coordinated initiatives. In order to achieve the kind of leadership we refer to, it is necessary to reduce bureaucracy by assisting support units in management with specialized and well trained PAS (administration and services personnel). The specialized training of PAS in the place of work will produce important synergies.

We have already started on this path and have trotted quite a way. With the effort of professors and PAS, and those directing journals and book collections, as well as the good doing of University Editions Salamanca, we have managed to get some of their journals and collections to be among the most valued nationally and internationally. However, there is something even more urgent to do and that is to strengthen the staff, stabilizing all the professors that have temporary positions and facilitating the promotion of our teaching staff, something that has been stalled for years. Simultaneously, it is necessary to incorporate young researchers as well as professors (auxiliaries, PhD auxiliaries, pre- and post-PhD researchers. The current law allows us to do this swiftly, we have a budget for it and we know how to do it. Just by making the working staff more robust we will be able to increase our financing potential in all fields.


We live in a world that is filled with challenges and opportunities. A complex world that demands activity, modernization and multiple capabilities from people in order to allow them to face daily life. Since eight hundred years, Salamanca has a unique and authentic University at its heart. The oldest in Spain and one that treasures the greatest recognition. Over its course, it has demonstrated the greatest initiatives and has firmly maintained its distinguishing traits which granted it respect in all parts of the world. This call for research projects for the first sector, and the effort of the University to improve its research and transfer capabilities, is one of many examples of adapting to the new times.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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