The Galician Research and Development Center in Advanced Telecommunications (Gradiant) was born to align university R&D capabilities with business demands. Our main goal is to play a fundamental role in the generation and transfer of technology-related knowledge.

Founded in 2007 by eleven companies of the Galician ICT sector, the Regional Ministry of Industry of the Government of Galicia and the three Galician universities, Gradiant is a non-profit foundation located in CITEXVI Building (Vigo Technological City), in Vigo, Spain.

In a five-year time span, Gradiant has steadily increased its staff reaching over 70 researchers, 20 of them with significant experience in executing and managing R&D projects. Out of that pool, 15 researchers are Ph.D. holders in the fields of telecommunications engineering and computer science.

Gradiant’s work is developed in three vast areas of the ICT sector: Communications, Networks and Applications, Multimodal Information and eHealth.


LIFTGATE stands for Lifting Up the Research Potential of the Galician Telecomms Center. LIFTGATE is a project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme under the “Research Potential” activity. LIFTGATE aims at stimulating Gradiant’s full potential by unlocking and developing its existing research and innovation excellence in the following ICT topics: multimedia security, information processing and information systems design, and satellite communications.

LIFTGATE’s goal is to strengthen the capacities of Gradiant’s researchers to successfully participate in research and innovation activities at European Research Area level. This will be achieved by a combination of measures:

  • Hiring researchers with proven research experience
  • Acquisition of competitive research equipment
  • Organizing and supporting seminars and conferences on cutting-edge knowledge on a number of ICT topics such as WIFS’12
  • Implementing know-how exchange actions with industrial and academic entities that are EU leaders in ICT research. These include Technicolor and Telecom Bretagne (France), German Aerospace Center-DLR (Germany), the universities of Siena (Italy) and Geneva (Switzerland) and CRP Henri Tudor (Luxembourg)
LIFGATE will also improve Gradiants’s competence in management of intellectual property and innovation and other complementary skills.

Basic information

  • Funded under the "Research Potential" scheme of the FP7-Capacities Programme. Call: FP7-REGPOT-2011-1
  • Grant agreement number: 285901
  • Start date: October 2011
  • Duration: 36 months

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