Institutes, centres & units

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


CSIC is a State Agency with the consideration of a Public Research Organization (OPI) of the Spanish General State Administration and develops its function through a multiplicity of organizational structures lacking their own legal personality. The research institutes in which the scientific and technical research activity of CSIC is developed are notable for their importance and number. Every institute is thematically integrated into any of the 3 Global Areas of CSIC. 

  • CSIC research activity is carried out with full scientific autonomy and is organized through research groups that integrate different departments. CSIC management activity is carried out under a decentralization and responsibility regime.
  • For their internal operation, the institutes have their own direction (Direction, Deputy Direction(s), Board), management (administrative manager) and advice bodies (Scientific faculty).


CSIC currently has 120 research institutes distributed throughout the national territory, with the exception of the Spanish School of History and Archeology of Rome (Italy).  Out of 120 institutes, 51 are of joint centers with other institutions, primarly universities.

There are also 8 centers, considered as research support units, that provide technical and administrative support to two or more institutes.


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