Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades - Gobierno de España

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Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)

The term Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS) refers to facilities, resources, or services for the development of top-quality cutting-edge research, as well as the communication, exchange, and preservation of knowledge, the transfer of technology, and promotion of innovation. They are unique or exceptional in their fields, with a high cost of investment, maintenance, and operation, and are of a strategic importance that justifies their availability to all actors in the field of R&D&I. The ICTS share three fundamental characteristics; they are infrastructures with public ownership, unique and open to competitive access.

The ICTS are located throughout the country and are displayed on the “Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS).” The first Map of ICTS was agreed upon at the III Conference of Presidents, held on 11 January 2007. This Map was in force until 7 October 2014, when the Science and Technology Policy Council (CPCTI) approved the current Map, composed of 29 ICTS that bring together a total of 59 facilities.

ICTS Map in force

The Executive Committee of the Council of Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy (CPCTI), on 26th July 2013, agreed to initiate the update process of the Unique Scientific and Technique Infrastructures (ICTS) Map, as well as to create the Advisory Committee on Unique Infrastructures (CAIS) as its Working group to advice the Executive Committee in Research Infrastructure matters. The CAIS concluded this work with the emission of a Report, on 9th April 2014, with the results of the evaluation that was held. Based on the results of this evaluation, the Executive Committee of the Council of Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy, on 6th May 2014, agreed to raise a proposal to the Council of Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy for a new configuration of the ICTS Map, together with some recommendations on its implementation.

Finally, the CPCTI, on 7th October 2014, approved the configuration of the ICTS map that is currently in force.

The Annex I of the Council Agreement contains the list of the ICTS included in the Map.

Annex II of the Agreement is constituted by the working document of the Executive Committee of the CPCTI called “Continuous updating and follow-up of the ICTS Map 2013-2016”, which describes the general framework and the methodology, criteria and process for the continuous updating of the Map and its follow-up. (Annex II document only in Spanish)

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La divulgación científica tiene como objetivo acercar la ciencia  a la ciudadanía. Muchas de las grandes infraestructuras científicas creen que la mejor forma de acercarse a los ciudadanos es que conozcan sus instalaciones de primera mano.

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