The UOC’s research, innovation and transfer activity is organised into 46 R&I groups conducted within the University's faculties and at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), the UOC research institute specializing in research on the network society. The UOC has two other centres for R&I collaborations: the eLearn Center (eLC) and the eHealth Center (eHC).
- As the UOC’s research institute, IN3 focuses its activity on the interdisciplinary area of the information and knowledge society.
- The eLC is a e-learning research, innovation and training centre essentially concerned with higher education and lifelong learning.
- The eHealth Center is an academic centre open to the world whose goal is to educate and empower professionals and ordinary citizens, through the use of technologies, to lead the paradigm shift in health. It focuses on people, through research, education and guidance, to contribute to the progress and wellbeing of society.
Research groups linked to UOC departments are specialised in the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences, health sciences and technology and communication.