The UOC’s research, development and innovation activity is organised into 45 R&I groups linked to a department or to one of the University’s three research centres: IN3, the eHealth Center and the eLearn Center. Of these, 43 groups have been recognised by the Government of Catalonia in the last application round in 2017.

Research, basically carried out by lecturers, currently specialises in the fields of arts and humanities, social sciences, health sciences, technology and communications: identity, culture, art and society; technology and social actions; globalisation, legal pluralism and human rights; fiscal studies, labour relations and social benefits; the Internet, digital technologies and new media; information and communications systems and services, and information and communications management. Two particularly important areas for the University’s scientific activity must be highlighted: the information and knowledge society and virtual learning (e-learning).