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 Biogipuzkoa Health Research Institute provides this Transparency Portal for public consultation.

Institutional Information

Applicable regulation
Constitution of the Biogipuzkoa HRI Institute (in Spanish).
Articles of the Biogipuzkoa HRI (in Spanish).
Articles of the Biogipuzkoa 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 Biogipuzkoa 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 Biogipuzkoa 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 HRI was re-accredited in 2016 and in 2021 which meant that it remained at the elite group of accredited Health Institutes at a national level. Our research is arranged in 7 Vertical Research Areas and 2 Cross-cutting Research Areas  that bring together around 450 researchers in 32 groups.

The core of the Institute is the OSI Donostialdea (Integrated Health Organisation), and its field of reference is constituted by the IHOs in the territory of Gipuzkoa: Bidasoa, Debabarrena, Debagoiena, Goierri-Urola Garaia and Tolosaldea. Like the majority of Health Research Institutes, it is also part of the University, in our case the University of the Basque Country (UPV - EHU). Also incorporated at this level are the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the Euskampus Foundati on and the Ikerbasque Foundation, thanks to which it has been possible to increase the critical mass of researchers by incorporating personnel of widespread international renown.

The Institute’s singular nature lies in its other members. The Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park is home to a vast number of technology-based centres, among which are the centres forming part of the Institute: Vicomtech, Cidetec, Osatek, Matía Gerontological Institute and Onkologikoa, as well as other partner centres not falling within its Governing Bodies: BCBL, CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE, CITA Alzheimer, the Dr Carlos Elosegui Foundation at the Policlínica Gipuzkoa and Tecnalia. The research subjects tackled are: micro and nano biotechnologies, biomaterials, molecular imaging, au and diovisual technologies, e-health, gerontology, cognition, brain and language, among others.

The Institute aspires to be an international centre of reference in the field of health research and preferentially promotes innovation in medical and health technologies with the aim of advancing in sustainability of the system. It therefore participates in the ITEMAS ISCIII Platform (Platform for Innovation in Medical and Healthcare Technologies), known from 2021 as Revitalisation and innovation of the industrial capacities of the NHS and their effective transfer to the production sector. Today the Biodonostia HRI sits on the ITEMAS Board of Directors, whose role is to provide support and backing to the Coordinator of the Platform in its key areas. It also participates in the SCReN (Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Units Platform) as one of the hubs making up the endeavour at state level. It has now renewed its membership of the new ISCIII Platform lending support to R&D&I in Biomedicine and Health Sciences – Support for clinical research.

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 Biogipuzkoa HRI.

Yearly and long-term Plans and Programmes

Biogipuzkoa HRI Strategic Plan 2021-2025 (in Spanish).
Donostialdea IHO Strategic Plan 2020-2021 (in Spanish).
Research and Innovation in Health Strategy 2022-2025 (in Spanish).
Science, Technology and Innovation Plan 2030 (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
Biogipuzkoa HRI Scientific Report 2022 (in Spanish).
Biogipuzkoa HRI Aging Strategy Scientific Report 2013-2023 (in Spanish).

Other relevant documents

Institutional statement on the use of experimental animals. (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 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.