Research units are the key elements for the high quality with added value R&D+i produced at the Polytechnic of Leiria.
Our 15 research units (6 own, 3 branches of non-profit R & D associations, 6 branches of external research centers) develop their R&D+i activity in 4 scientific areas, with a main focus on knowledge transfer to economy, delivering practical and applied answers to a diversity of social, economic, technological, environmental, tourism, health and well-being questions.

Social Sciences and Humanities

ESTG – Leiria
Contribute to regional development and innovation. Play a central role in the co-creation of knowledge between higher education, social partners and industry, creating an inspiring environment for multidisciplinary research with impact on companies and non-profit organizations, translated into an overall added value to society.
ESECS – Leiria
Promote scientific research in the area of identity reconstruction from a personal, professional, social and cultural perspective. Create products applicable to diverse areas such as heritage, tourism, social work, social education, communication and information. Includes the Observatory of Inclusion and Accessibility in Action (iACT).
CI&DEI-IPLeiria – Centro de Estudos em Educação e Inovação [Polytechnic of Leiria branch]
ESECS – Leiria
Develop research in education sciences. Produce and increase knowledge of education current reality. Develop interventional strategies to improve education and training quality. Implement cooperation tactics with the community.
ESTM – Peniche
Promote research and scientific dissemination, ongoing training and service provision in various fields connected with Tourism and related areas, from hotel management to the development of new concepts, products and tourism brands.
IJP-IPLeiria – Portucalense Institute for Legal Research [Polytechnic of Leiria branch]
ESTG – Leiria
Conduct multidisciplinary research in the scope of Legal Sciences and Public Administration, advanced training and service provision, namely studies on current legal issues, issuing legal opinions and scientific update courses in Public and Private Law.
ESAD.CR – Caldas da Rainha
Develop activities of artistic, scientific and technological research, experimental development and knowledge transfer, privileging transdisciplinarity in the areas of design, arts and cultural studies.

Exact Sciences and Enginneering

ESTG – Leiria
Promote knowledge and scientific-technological development in automotive engineering in the areas of aerodynamics, thermodynamics, transfer and conservation of energy, environment and others, through research, advanced training and general services to the community.
Marinha Grande
Contribute to the scientific and technological advance that leads to more efficient and adequate products, materials and processes through the development of new technologies and methodologies based on strong technical and scientific bases. Provision of research services, advanced training and counseling in strategic areas is also a priority.
ESTG – Leiria
Advance network research in the areas of Information and Communication Technologies. Promote technology transfer to industry through spin-off companies. Provide technical-scientific consulting services to private and public entities.
LSRE-LCM-IPLeiria – Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering – Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials [Polytechnic of Leiria branch]
ESTG – Leiria
Develop technical and scientific knowledge of separation and reaction processes applied to environmental engineering (including modeling, simulation and process control). Develop sustainable industrial products and processes. Train PhD and postdoctoral researchers.
ESTG – Leiria
Conduct technical-scientific research and knowledge transfer in Engineering and Management (operational research) to improve organizational performance and knowledge progress in a Systems Engineering approach (creatively combining theory and methodology, technical issues, and human factors).
ESTG – Leiria
Enhance scientific knowledge and technology development in telecommunications. Train PhD and MSc researchers. Provide services to the community in the scope of telecommunications.

Natural and Environmental Sciences

ESTM – Peniche
Create and apply knowledge associated with marine resources, in order to promote innovation in its use and management. Develop new products in the area of science and technology of the sea.

Life Sciences and Health

ciTechCare – Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology
ESSLei – Leiria
Excel in the delivery of health technologies to support early diagnosis and intervention. Develop differentiating solutions to health improvement, disease prevention and problem-solving for users, caregivers and health professionals daily challenges.
ESECS – Leiria
Transversally improve people’s life quality thorugh production/promotion of adequate food, physical activity, education through innovative and applied technology and the analysis of the working population life quality.