Public Research Bodies are those bodies set up by the national government to directly carry out scientific and technical research, provide technological services, and carry out other, complementary activities necessary for society’s scientific and technological progress, attributed to them by Law or by their founding rules and regulations. Coordination of PRB actions is the responsibility of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Energy, Environment and Technology Research Centre (CIEMAT)

Public Research Body attached to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the General Secretariat for Research, focused mainly on the areas of energy and the environment, and the technological fields related to them both.

CIEMAT works closely with other national R&D&i centres, institutions, universities and companies of the sector in our country, with the aim of transferring the knowledge and technology that has been generated. This helps drive innovation and the change to a knowledge-based economic model. CIEMAT participates in EU programmes and works with intergovernmental bodies and research centres in other countries. In addition, it carries out training activities for technology transfer, provision of technical services and advice.​​​​​​​

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution in Spain dedicated to scientific and technical research, as well as one of the most prominent in the European Research Area, and the main implementing agent in the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System (SECTI).

CSIC research is structured in three main areas: society, life and matter, covering most human knowledge and including the work of more than 1,500 research groups in its 120 centres. CSIC goals include bringing scientific and technological capabilities and achievements closer to all national and international socio-economic sectors, with the aim of transforming them into social well-being.​​​​​​​

Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII)

The Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) is a nationally and internationally recognised body for biomedical research and public health.

Its mission is to help improve the health of all citizens and fight against disease. This is achieved through the promotion of research and innovation in Health Sciences and Biomedicine, and the provision of top-quality scientific-technical services and educational programmes aimed at the National Health System. Its values include:

  • Social commitment, sustainability, quality and efficiency.
  • Scientific integrity, confidentiality, monitoring of conflicts of interests, and veracity of results with respect to authorship and intellectual property.​​​​​​​

Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC)

The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), accredited as a “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” by the Spanish Government, is a Spanish public research body that manages two of the best international observatories in the world.

Its mission is to carry out and promote any type of astrophysics research or astrophysics-related research, as well as to develop and transfer technology. This includes disseminating astronomical knowledge, collaborating in specialised university teaching, and educating and training scientific and technical personnel in all fields related to Astrophysics.

The ultimate goal is international leadership through excellent scientific and technological results, cementing the Canary Island Observatories as an “astronomical reserve” and attracting first-class research infrastructures.​​​​​​​



Sub-directorate General of the Coordination of Public Research Institutions

Pº de la Castellana 162. 28046, Madrid

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