In accordance with the stipulations of Law 9/2013, of 9th December, on transparency, access to public information and good governance (LTAIBG), and in order to channel the publication of information and enable the fulfilment of these active publicity obligations, the Biodonostia Health Research Institute provides this Transparency Portal for public consultation.

Institutional Information

Applicable regulation

Constitution of the Biodonostia HRI Institute (in Spanish).

Articles of the Biodonostia HRI (in Spanish).

Articles of the Biodonostia HRI (Resolution 2019-05-22) (in Spanish).

More information on the Basque Health Innovation and Research Foundation - BIOEF web portal (in Spanish).

Functions developed

The Biodonostia HRI is a Health Research Institute attached to the Donostialdea Integrated Health Organisation, which has the purposes of: promoting research into biomedicine, epidemiology, public health and health services; providing a scientific basis for the programmes and policies of the health service; and preferentially promoting translational research with a view to accelerating the transfer of scientific knowledge to clinical practice, according to international recommendations, in the territorial scope of Gipuzkoa, by means of collaboration agreements with Osakidetza-Basque Health Service, in which it is entrusted with the management of the R&D&I developed therein.

The Biodonostia HRI preferentially boosts translational research focusing on the patient; it covers all research carried out in Gipuzkoa within the framework of the Basque Health Service-Osakidetza and aims to improve people’s health through its multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary collaborative structure.

According to the terms of Royal Decree 279/2016, of 24th June, on the accreditation of Biomedical or Health Research Institutes, and as established by article 3.2 of said regulation, the Donostia University Hospital (which belongs to the Integrated Health Organisation going by the name of “Donostialdea) constitutes its basic nucleus.

There have been many milestones along the way since it was created back in 2008, thanks to the commitment shown by the researchers, public bodies and other funding bodies. Out of all these milestones, the inauguration of the renovated building in 2010 and its accreditation in 2011 as a Health Research Institute by the prestigious Carlos III Institute of Health (Instituto de Salud Carlos III) should be highlighted. What is more, the Biodonostia Health Research Institute (HRI) was re-accredited in 2016 which meant that it remained at the elite group of accredited Health Institutes at a national level.

Our research is arranged in 7 subject areas that bring together around 350 researchers in 27 groups. With the purpose of boosting scientific advances, the Biodonostia HRI has managed to establish a unique composition that makes it stand out from all the other Institutes, through the integration of the most important technological agents in Gipuzkoa.

At its heart is the Donostialdea IHO (Integrated Health Organisation), and as is the case with most Health Research Institutes, the University also forms an integrated part, which in our case is the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). Added to this core are the Regional Government of Gipuzkoa, the Euskampus Foundation and the Ikerbasque Foundation, thanks to which the critical mass of research has been increased by incorporating internationally renowned personnel.

The unique nature of the Institute lies in the rest of its members. Primary Healthcare, Regional Hospitals and IHOs of Gipuzkoa are included. Also integrated in the Institute is the Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park, which not only houses the IHO, but also a high number of technology-based centres, among which are those that form the Institute: Vicomtech, Cidetec, Osatek, the Matia Gerontology Institute, BCBL and Onkologikoa, and recognised centres that do not actually come under its governing bodies: CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE, Tecnalia, CITA Alzheimer and the Dr Carlos Elosegui Foundation at the Policlínica Gipuzkoa. The research subjects tackled are: micro and nano biotechnologies, biomaterials, molecular imaging, audiovisual technologies, e-health, gerontology, cognition, brain and language, among others.

The Institute aspires to be a centre of reference in the field of health research on an international level, and preferentially promotes innovation in medical and health technologies to advance in the system’s sustainability. This is why it participates in the ITEMAS network (Medical Technology Innovation Network), being one of its 31 units on a national level. The Biodonostia HRI nowadays takes part in the ITEMAS Management Board whose role is to support the network Coordinator on its key duties.  The Institute is also part of REGIC, the first Association of Clinical Research Managing Bodies, created in Spain at the instance of professionals to share experiences and create a space for interaction and training in the management of health care R&D.

Organisation Chart and Structure

Organisation Chart and Structure of the Biodonostia HRI.

Yearly and long-term Plans and Programmes

Biodonostia HRI Strategic Plan 2016-2020 (in Spanish).

Donostialdea IHO Strategic Plan 2015-2019 (in Spanish).

Research and Innovation in Health Strategy 2020 (in Spanish).

Research and Innovation in Health Strategy 2020. Mid-term review 2016-18 (in Spanish).

Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (in Spanish).

Search engine for the plans and programmes of the Basque Government Department of Health (in Spanish).

Degree of compliance and results, together with performance and evaluation indicators

Biodonostia HRI Scientific Report 2018 (in Spanish).

Biodonostia HRI Aging Ikagure-BD Scientific Report 2018 (in Spanish).

Legally relevant information

Given that no Regulations have been issued, the corresponding files have not been instituted (Draft Bills, Regulation Projects, Directives, Instructions, Circulars, etc.).

The production of regulations is the competence of the Basque Government: We attach the link to Legegunea, which contains all of the legally relevant information published by the Basque Government.

Information on finances, budgets and statistics

Access to the Biodonostia HRI Contracting Party Profile(in Spanish).

Statistical data on the percentage in budget volume of contracts awarded through each of the procedures anticipated

Management agreements and commissions
Agreemenent list of the Biodonostia HRI – 2018 (in Spanish).
There are no commissions in the Biodonostia HRI.

Subsidies and grants awarded
This body does not award external grants or subsidies.

Biodonostia HRI budgets for 2018-2019 (in Spanish).

Annual accounts
Biodonostia HRI 2018 annual accounts audit report (in Spanish).

Auditing reports by external control bodies
Biodonostia HRI financial public information – Treasury and Economy Department of the Basque Government.

Information related to top management
There are no top management figures.

Resolutions on authorisation or recognition of compatibility affecting the employees
No decisions of this kind exist.

Access to requesting public information

The Government Council agreement of 13th January 2015, approving operating regulations in the BAC Administration in regard to public information, active publicity and to the progress made in the culture of transparency and good government, establishes the mandatory guarantee of a common record of all requests to access public information for the BAC Administration and its public sector.

All requests made by the BAC general administration and its public sector must be channelled through Zuzenean (in Spanish), the mailbox giving right of access to public information.