Research in the CSIC is structured in three main areas, SOCIETY, LIFE AND MATERIA which cover most of the human knowledge, with more than 1,500 research groups and 120 centres devoted to them.
The scientific advances required to give a response to the challenges of the 21th century society involve a coordinated approach of researchers trained in different disciplines, capable of providing new keys to solve the main problems we are facing. Around 11.000 people committed to different tasks enable the CSIC to be globally known as a reference for scientific research.
In order to achieve this aim, our institution comprises from the fundamental aspects of basic science to the most complex technological developments in all fields of knowledge: human and social sciences, science and food technology, biology, biomedicine, physics, chemistry, materials, natural resources and agricultural sciences. Although each one of these areas has its own identity, the current complexity of scientific processes makes that frontier increasingly blurred in favor of a transdisciplinary research where the fields of knowledge do not remain apart from each other.
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CSIC is the research organization in Spain with the greatest multidisciplinary potential. CSIC manages to undertake challenges that are not available to other institutions, both for its size (more than 11,000 people) and for its distribution (it is present in almost all the Spanish Autonomous Communities)
CSIC performs its scientific and technical research activity mainly through its research centers which are organized by departments in which the research groups are integrated
CSIC scientific and technician staff obtain funds for research projects through competitive public calls from different national and international funding agencies and private entities
Scientific-Technical Collaboration Networks for the establishment of stable connections between researchers from different disciplines on frontier topics
The preamble to the Organic Law 3/2007, 22 March 2007, on the Effective equality of women and men, mentions Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution, which proclaims the right to equality and non-discrimination on the grounds of sex
Among the collaboration possibilities between CSIC and other R&D&I agents, associated units should be mentioned as the formula which makes possible temporary and flexible scientific cooperation between the CSIC research staff and the staff from external institutions included in such units
Besides the research developed in its Institutes and Centres, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) provides services to the whole scientific community – national and international – through the management of Research Infrastructures
The CSIC, over the lifetime, has provided different scientific and technical services, which has turned some of its centers into referents. In addition to this, its Statute as a State Agency mandates, as one of its main duties the offering of scientific-technical services to the General State Administration as well as to other Public and private Administrations and Institutions