Institutes, centres & units

CSIC mainly develops its scientific and technical activity through its research institutes, which are organized in departments integrated by research groups.


The CSIC is a State Agency that is considered as a Public Research Organization of the Spanish General State Administration with its own unique legal status. The CSIC carries out its functions through a multiplicity of organizational structures lacking their own legal character. The research institutes through which the CSIC performs its scientific and technical research activity are notable in terms of their importance and number. Each institute is integrated within one of three thematic Global Areas. 

  • CSIC research activity is carried out with full scientific autonomy and is organised through research groups that form the different departments according to topic areas. CSIC management activity is carried out following a decentralized and responsible system.
  • For their internal operation, the institutes have their own management (Management, Deputy Manager(s), Board), administration (Administrative Manager) and advisory bodies (Scientific Faculty).


The CSIC currently has 120 research institutes distributed throughout the national territory, with the exception of the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología in Rome (Italy).  Of these 120 institutes, 51 are joint centres with other institutions, primarily universities.

There are also eight centres classified as research support units, which provide technical and administrative support to two or more institutes.

Resolutions of the Director General of the Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDEA) which resolve applications for aid formulated for the call for expressions of interest for the selection and implementation of energy renovation projects for existing buildings and infrastructures of the General State Administration to be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).


Reference number: FEDER-AGE-2018-000382

Replacement of three refrigeration units, three refrigeration towers, one natural gas boiler, 11 recirculation pumps, corridors luminaires. Upgrade of the computer control system in the centralised air-conditioning and LED lighting system in the corridors of the main building of the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología of the CSIC.


Reference number: FEDER-AGE-2018-000404

Project for the energy renovation of the building corresponding to the Centro de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales of the CSIC (AECSIC), C/Albasanz 26-28 (MADRID), to replace six refrigeration units, three refrigeration towers, one natural gas boiler and 12 recirculation pumps for switching to variable flow technology.


Reference number: FEDER-AGE-2018-000437

Project to improve the energy efficiency of the building by renovating the indoor and outdoor lighting installations and incorporating lighting control and regulation systems. Integral reform of the air conditioning installation and reform of the low voltage electrical installation associated with both in the buildings of the Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (ICCET) of the CSIC (AECSIC) in Madrid.


Reference number: FEDER-AGE-2019-000557

Air conditioning installations and exterior carpentry work in the Geology building.


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