CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

El Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) es la mayor institución pública dedicada a la investigación en España y la tercera más grande de Europa. Perteneciente al Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad de España a través de la Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación. Su principal objetivo es desarrollar y promover investigaciones que contribuyan al progreso científico y tecnológico. Su misión es fomentar, coordinar, desarrollar y promover la investigación científica y tecnológica, de carácter multidisciplinar, con el fin de contribuir al avance del conocimiento y el desarrollo económico, social y cultural, así como asesorar a entidades públicas y privadas sobre asuntos de su competencia.

El CSIC juega un papel relevante en la política científica y tecnológica, ya que abarca desde la investigación básica hasta la transferencia de conocimiento al sector productivo. Sus centros e institutos están presentes en todas las comunidades autónomas. El CSIC tiene 15.000 empleados, de los cuales más de 3.000 son investigadores. El CSIC tiene el 6% de todo el personal dedicado a I+D en España y genera aproximadamente el 20% de toda la producción científica del país. También administra un importante número de instalaciones y la red más completa y extensa de bibliotecas especializadas.

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim. According to its Statute (article 4), its mission is to foster, coordinate, develop and promote scientific and technological research, of a multidisciplinary nature, in order to contribute to advancing knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to train staff and advise public and private entities on this matter.

CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. Its research is driven by its centres and institutes, which are spread across all the autonomous regions, and its more than 15,000 staff, of whom ore than 3,000 are staff researchers and the same number again are doctors and scientists who are still training. CSIC has 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, and they generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. It also manages a range of important facilities; the most complete and extensive network of specialist libraries, and also has joint research units.


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