International cooperation and resources

Within the promotion of internationalization, the Vice Presidency for International Relations (VRI) carries out activities to disclose opportunities and supports our researchers in competitive calls from third countries.


The participation of our researchers in these activities of scientific collaboration with international institutions, whether research centers, universities, technology centers or companies are key to strengthening the CSIC.

VRI also collaborates with national and foreign organizations in the organization of competitive calls, thus contributing to facilitate access to such aids by CSIC researchers.

Development cooperation programs

VRI works on various development cooperation programs. Investing in science in countries with fewer resources is not only part of the social commitment of the CSIC with these countries; it is an investment through the promotion of new scientific talent.

These programs also promote the creation or consolidation of stable links of scientific cooperation between groups of the CSIC and those of research institutions in developing countries, through logistical aids (trips, stays and meetings) provided resulting in networks of scientific collaboration.

From the VRI this cooperation is channeled through its own programs such as I-COOP, collaborative programs co-funded by CSIC such as LINC-GLOBAL or EMHE, and by externally funded programs in which CSIC acts as a collaborator (INTECONECTA of AECID or Santander Scholarships).



This program is a project promoted by the Santander Bank which aims to strengthen the mobility and exchange of young professors and researchers and doctoral students between universities and Ibero-American research centers, a necessary condition to move towards the construction of an Ibero-American knowledge space socially responsible.


The purpose of this call is to select the programming of training activities aimed primarily at public employees and professionals of the Public Administrations of Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to strengthen the institutional capacities of the organizations they serve and induce changes in policies public in favor of sustainable human development.



This program funded entirely by CSIC, promotes the creation or consolidation of stable links of scientific cooperation between groups of the CSIC and those of research institutions in developing countries, through logistical aids (trips, stays and meetings) of a maximum of € 12,000 per year, and a maximum duration of two years (depending on the modality). Through these ties, we want to contribute to the strengthening of academic and research centers in developing countries, mainly through training and specialization activities for their researchers, thus creating collaborative networks of great added value for our institution.



EMHE program "Enhancing Mobility between Latin-American and Carribean countries and Europe", currently funded by CSIC, offers scholarships to young researchers from Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru and Uruguay to carry out a doctorate or a postdoctoral stay in three of the most prestigious research institutions in France and Spain: the Institut Pasteur, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

The EMHE-CSIC Program offers grants for the realization of doctorates co-directed between CSIC researchers and researchers from the four Latin American countries participating in this ERANET.



The International Laboratory in Global Change is a new tool for research, development and high level training, to facilitate interaction between Ibero-American and Spanish researchers in the field of global change. It is formed by the CSIC and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) as founding entities.

The general objective of LINC Global is to understand, predict and formulate strategies to respond to the impact of global change on marine and terrestrial ecosystems, both in South America and the Iberian Peninsula; the training of human resources and the dissemination and education on issues of global change. For this, it articulates a multidisciplinary team with synergistic and complementary capabilities and a previous history of cooperation.



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Internationalization programs

The importance of CSIC´s international dimension is reinforced through the creation and participation in specific internationalization programs, whose purpose is to form and consolidate international consortiums of excellence in which CSIC teams participate. The investment of CSIC in these consortiums is expected to become a return so that they can compete competitively in future calls for R & D & I projects in the international field.

The activities that these programs promote are the holding of meetings, seminars and other internationalization activities among the participating research groups, as well as the realization of work stays and specialization of the research groups of the different institutions of the consortium.

VRI articulates this strengthening of this internationalization through its own programs, such as I-LINK +, of programs co-financed by CSIC such as PICS or Summer Taiwan, and by programs with external funding in which CSIC acts as a collaborator (AXA).


This program, funded entirely by CSIC, aims to stimulate the collaboration of CSIC research groups with international research groups of the utmost relevance, without geographical or thematic restrictions, with those who wish to collaborate on a common research topic for which already have the adequate financing for their development independently in their respective centers.

The objectives of this program are, on the one hand, to form and consolidate international excellence consortiums in which CSIC teams participate that can compete in future calls for international R + D + i projects, as well as to promote the transfer of knowledge from the CSIC to companies, primarily in the international field.



AXA Foundation provides support to researchers from different scientific institutions worldwide at the beginning of their careers, so that they can have the appropriate means to enhance their scientific work and explore new research topics.


PICS program is an initiative of the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) to establish international scientific cooperation projects between two research groups. CSIC joins this initiative within its strategy of internationalization of its scientific and technical activity, assuming the funding of its research groups.

The main objective of this call is for the CSIC research staff to consolidate a partnership with the CNRS that reinforces European collaboration between groups to undertake more ambitious I + I initiatives both in European programs and in international programs.

Participation in this program requires the existence of a previous collaboration between both applicant groups, demonstrated by two joint publications or a joint project different from this program.


The objectives of the program are to introduce students to the Taiwanese cultural, scientific and technological development and to initiate personal relationships that allow them to collaborate better with other foreign researchers in the future. The application is open to students from all fields of study.