Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
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, encompassing an area that includes 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 of the autonomous regions, and its more than 15,000 staff, of whom more than 3,000 are staff researchers and the same number again are doctors and scientists in training. CSIC staff includes 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, who generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. CSIC also manages a range of important facilities, including the most comprehensive network of specialist libraries as well as joint research units.