Thanks to the impulse of its founding institutions, the Ministry of Health of the Government of Cantabria and the University of Cantabria, IDIVAL promotes and develops research and innovation in the biosanitary environment of Cantabria, which has as its epicenter the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, with the aim of seeking solutions to health problems and contributing to scientific, educational, social and economic development.

Valdecilla is already a knowledge generation center and socio-economic tractor for our region. The Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital and its Health Research Institute, IDIVAL, are working to become one of the benchmarks in research, transfer and co-generation of wealth in our region. In 2014 IDIVAL is constituted as a foundation and remodels its organizational structure.

In March 2015 IDIVAL was accredited by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III and reaccredited in 2020 as a Health Research Institute, being currently one of the 35 accredited Health Research Institutes in our country.


To develop applied biomedical research and innovation of excellence oriented to the transfer of knowledge, improving the quality of life of citizens by addressing the health problems of the population through prevention, diagnosis and personalized treatment of patients.


To be the reference institution for applied health research and innovation in Cantabria, acting as a lever for regional economic development in collaboration with the agents of the environment, and positioning itself as a key player in digital health and personalized medicine, as well as a center for cutting-edge translational research at national and international level and a driving force for attracting talent.


  • Scientific Excellence.
  • Transparency and Communication.
  • Social commitment.
  • Sustainability and continuous improvement.


IDIVAL has its own building located in the upper part of the Valdecilla estate. This building has about 3000 m2 of research spaces dedicated to laboratories and general services. It also has spaces in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cantabria and in the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital. Specifically, the Clinical Trials Unit located at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital is a reference in clinical research for our region.

IDIVAL’s current commitment, together with its professionals, is to promote talent, internationalization and thus enhance the capabilities of the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital as a leading healthcare center with great capacity for socio-economic revitalization of our region.