The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is a State Agency for scientific research and technological development that has a separate legal personality, its own patrimony and treasury, functional and managerial autonomy, and indefinite duration. (Article 1. Estatuto)
CSIC is an institution included within the subjective scope of application of the Act 19/2013 of transparency, access to public information and good government.
The CSIC is a public body that generally acts as responsible for the treatment of personal data, and therefore, following the principle of proactive responsibility, has the duty of care as established by the General Data Protection Regulation and the Ley 3/2018, 5th December, Protection of Personal Data and the Guarantee of Digital Rights
CSIC articulates its research around three global scientific technical areas that cover most of human knowledge.
CSIC mainly develops its scientific and technical activity through its research institutes, which are organized in departments integrated by research groups.
CSIC scientific staff is organized into more than 1,500 groups that are integrated into the three Global Areas, Society, Life and Materia.
Serving CSIC Scientific staff
CSIC scientific and technician staff obtain funds for research projects through competitive public calls from different national and international funding agencies and private entities.
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.
Within the possibilities of collaboration of the CSIC with other RDI agents, the figure of the RDI Unit associated to CSIC is a formula that allows the articulation, in a temporary and flexible way, scientific collaborations between research staff from CSIC and that of external entities integrated in those units.
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.
The CSIC aims to bring closer its capabilities, scientific and technological achievements to all national and international socio-economic sectors to transform them in social, economic and cultural well-being for society.
CSIC protects the results generated by its research groups and staff as a function of the result peculiarity, using different formats from the most common, the patent, to some less known, such as industrial secrecy; registration of plant varieties or biological material and utility models or software, among others.
CSIC signs different types of contracts with companies interested in CSC capabilities, research lines or technologies.
All the technologies developed in the research laboratories of CSIC, previously registered and protected, constitute the CSIC technological offer portfolio.
The start-up companies are a key instrument for the transfer of knowledge generated in public research organizations, such CSIC, translating research results into products on the market and promoting the creation of a more innovative industrial sector.
CSIC has specific technological results protected in very different ways, among which the patent prevails. The collaboration with companies interested in a protected asset can be realized in two different ways:
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) scientific production should be in leading positions of a highly competitive international scientific environment. This is the main reason why the CSIC's relations with other international research entities are an essential point for the CSIC's progress.
Horizon 2020 is the eighth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation in the European Union for the period 2014-2020. It has a budget of more than 70.000 million euros to finance initiatives and projects of research, technological development, demonstration and innovation of clear European added value.
The main instruments for the development and attraction of talent to the European Union (EU) are the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC) calls.
The role of the CSIC in the articulation of the European Research Area is expressed not only through participation in regular calls for Horizon 2020, but also through participation in other community calls, financed through the Framework Program or other Programs, which due to their strategic relevance to the CSIC deserve special mention.
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.
From the Vice-presidency for International Relations (VRI), collaboration agreements with institutions of third countries are managed and processed. Nowadays relations with our counterparts in other countries are managed mainly through the organization of workshop-type training activities.
The International Affairs of the CSIC, understood as those actions aimed at leading, planning and promotion of international relations in the European and international area; leading strategy, coordination and monitoring of CSIC's participation in competitive calls and co-management of programs at European and international level, and leading the management of contracts with international organizations, are coordinated through the Vice Presidency of International Affairs (VRI) ) of CSIC.
In the CSIC we enjoy science and we love to share it. That is why we promote a large number of initiatives aimed at the popularisation of science, education and citizen science. Our objective is to foster scientific culture and to make science more accessible for everybody.
The CSIC has various centres of reference for science outreach located in the main Spanish cities. Exhibitions, workshops, conferences and other activities aimed at all publics are part of the regular programming in these places.
More than a hundred publications in which CSIC specialists in all areas of knowledge bring closer to citizenship scientific topics of public interest in a clear and rigorous way.
Science does not need to be done only by professionals. Participate in scientific research through the collection and analysis of data and sharing resources.
CSIC centres, units and research projects bring closer science and technology to students and teachers of different levels through various programmes and initiatives.
CSIC organises courses and training meetings for people interested in the dissemination of science, prepares documents aimed at promoting scientific culture and participates in projects and initiatives aimed at assessing the impact of social communication on science.
Editorial CSIC has an extensive catalogue of prestigious academic publications, including more than 2,500 titles of monographs organised in 75 collections, and 37 scientific journals.
Editorial CSIC has in this catalogue a careful selection of works not included in these collections.