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.

The Spanish State Research Agency annually awards the distinctive Center of Excellence "Severo Ochoa" and Unit of Excellence "María de Maeztu" with a double objective:

  • Accredit centers and units of excellence that demonstrate scientific leadership and impact at global level, with the capacity to contribute to the advancement of frontier knowledge and to generate high impact results, as well as to attract talent.
  • Fund strategic research plans for a period of 4 years. Accreditations can be renewed at the end of each period for new another 4 years.

Since 2012, 9 CSIC institutes (including 4 joint centers with other institutions) have been accredited as the Centers of Excellence "Severo Ochoa" and 6 units have been accredited as Units of Excellence "María de Maeztu", receiving a total of € 48.000.000 in public funding. In addition, the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ), the Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT), the Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) and the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB) have renewed their accreditation receiving an additional funding of € 20.000.000.

On the other hand, CSIC is part, together with other entities, of the Centro de Investigación en Nanociencia y Nanotecnología (ICN2) and of the Centro de Recerca Agrigenómica CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB (CRAG), that have also been accredited as Centers of Excellence "Severe Ochoa." The first of them, ICN2, has also renewed its accreditation.


CENTROS DE EXCELENCIA SEVERO-OCHOA


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INSTITUTO DE FÍSICA TEÓRICA (IFT)








ESTACIÓN BIOLÓGICA DOÑANA








INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGÍA QUÍMICA (ITQ)








INSTITUTO DE NEUROCIENCIAS (IN)








CENTRO NACIONAL DE BIOTECNOLOGÍA (CNB)








INSTITUTO DE FÍSICA CORPUSCULAR (IFIC)








INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS DE MATERIALES DE BARCELONA (ICMAB)








INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS MATEMÁTICAS (ICTMAT)








INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE ANDALUCÍA (IAA)


















CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN EN NANOCIENCIA Y NANOTECNOLOGÍA (ICN2)








CENTRE DE RECERCA AGRIGENÓMICA CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB (CRAG)









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