The Science, Technology and Innovation Information System (SICTI) was created in Law 14/2011, of 1 June, on Science, Technology and Innovation under the Ministry of Science and Innovation as an instrument for data collection and analysis for the preparation and monitoring of the Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (EECTI), and its development plans.
This is a joint information system of the General State Administration (AGE) and the Autonomous Regions, with the participation of the ministerial departments, regional ministries and state and regional agencies with actions in R&D&I. For its development, the SICTI Working Group was set up in 2017, with the participation of the different administrations and funding bodies. The criteria governing the exchange of information have been approved by the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Council, as provided for in the Science Act.
The SICTI contains information on all the actions funded by public bodies, both from the National Government and the Autonomous Regions, and on the aid granted for projects, human resources, centres, infrastructures and equipment, etc. It also includes information on the beneficiary entities and researchers, as well as the projects funded with European funds. Information is also available on bibliometrics, patents and other forms of protection of results, licences and contracts in the field of R&D&I and spin-off companies.
Meanwhile, the SICTI contains all the information on the budget appropriations used by the National Government and the Autonomous Regions to finance R&D&I activities.
Thus, the SICTI is the main tool for providing the necessary indicators for monitoring and evaluating public R&D&I policies, their results and impact, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of these policies.
It also makes it possible to identify the different agents of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System (SECTI), both funders and executors of R&D&I, as well as intermediate entities for the management and promotion of innovation.