Institutional Relations

The State Agency CSIC, as a multidisciplinary public research organisation, acts as the spine within the Spanish System of Science, Technology and Innovation (SECTI) and occupies a central position as the main agent for the execution of scientific and technical activities in Spain.

This central role is evidenced both from the point of view of results (scientific production, patents, etc.) and also from the territorial and institutional points of view since CSIC has its own and joint research institutes all over the autonomous communities. Furthermore, its multidisciplinary nature allows it to establish agreements and alliances with multiple and varied agents of the SECTI, both public and private entities, which confers on institutional relations a strategic role for the development of which the Vice-Presidency for Institutional Affairs and Organisation (VORI) is responsible.

CSIC maintains a very intense collaborative activity through the creation and participation in other entities and its integration as a member in governing or advisory bodies. At the same time, the usual collaboration of CSIC is developed through multiple institutional initiatives which are performed through agreements, management orders or other forms of collaboration.

CSIC as the backbone and facilitator of Science in Spain, collaborates, advises and supports other entities and organisations for the benefit of the scientific and technological progress. For this purpose, it participates when circumstances require it as an expert in a great variety of entities and collegiate bodies, public or private, with or without own legal personality and also becomes part of governing bodies and specialized or advisory committees of other institutions.

CSIC plays a fundamental role as a promoter of different scientific initiatives with great national and international projection, such as the International Campus of Excellence, technological platforms and other institutional collaborations managed from the Vice-President for organization and institutional affairs (VORI).

CSIC collaborates with and is integrated in more than 250 entities and governing bodies under different forms of participation (partner, trustee, advisor, etc.):

Economic Interest groups5
Natural Parks25
Campus of International Excellence13
National Parks9
Public Institution/Organisations8
Governing Boards7
Other entities40

Given the central role and structuring position of CSIC within the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System (SECTI) - derived from its multidisciplinary research and its implementation throughout the national territory- it is present, advises and collaborates with many initiatives, institutions and entities from all sectors of Spanish society.

The collaboration of CSIC with expert advice to other institutions, jointly developing research projects, innovative initiatives or sharing the use, operation and maintenance of equipment and large international scientific installations, should also be emphasized.

In the same way CSIC deploys a wide variety of collaboration and cooperation activities with all types of entities for the promotion and dissemination of scientific culture, as well as for participation in specialised training programmes and activities in scientific and technical fields (postgraduate studies, professional training, improvement and specialisation courses).

All these institutional collaborations are implemented by general operating protocols, agreements, management orders and other forms of cooperation.