On March 1, 2011, the Research Center was created, based on the donation made by Prof. Doctor Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, to the Municipality of Santarém.

Initially, with the objective of promoting Research in the areas of Social and Human Sciences, it was decided to expand the areas originating from the Research Center, which in addition to the space given to Social and Human Sciences, now also covers Science and Technology.

The Research Center has a program for creative work, with enthusiasm and lucidity, safe in its nature and mission. As a workshop for creative work, this Research Center has the tutelage power of its construction, in its roots in the values ​​of human and scientific work.