The Advisory Committe of Science, Technology and Innovation (CACTI) is an advisory body with the mission to involve representatives of the research community, private companies and trade unions into the design of national research and innovation policies.
The Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Institute of Health Carlos III, ISCIII) is the main Public Research Entity funding, managing and carrying out biomedical research in Spain. The ISCIII reports directly to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Royal Decree 345/2012) and in operational terms to both this Ministry and to the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (Royal Decree 200/2012). Its key mission is to support the development of scientific knowledge in the health sciences and to contribute to innovation in healthcare and the prevention of disease.
The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) is a Public Business Entity, answering to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which fosters technological development and innovation activities of Spanish companies. It is the entity that channels the funding and supports applications for national and international RDI projects of Spanish companies.
The main aim of the Council of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy is to improve the coordination between the Central Government and the Autonomous Communities regarding R&I policies. Among the many functions of the Council are the elaboration of the Spanish Strategy of Science and Technology and the promotion of joint activities between national and regional administrations with the aim to develop a homogeneous scientific policy.
The Information System of Science, Technology and Innovation (SICTI) is responsible for the data collection and analysis for the monitoring of all policy programmes and instruments of the R&I policy. Its functions are: 1) To facilitate information exchange; 2) To foster a more transparent management of resources; 3) To allow for strategic planning; 4) To coordinate autonomous and national actions, avoiding overlaps and duplications.
The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) is responsible for the design, implementation and legislation of economic and R&D and innovation policies. It is specifically in charge of proposing and executing economic policy and any reform aimed at increasing Spanish competitiveness, research capacity, technological development and innovation, trade policy and knowledge transfer.
The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism is responsible for the elaboration and implementation of government policy on energy, industrial development, tourism, telecommunications and information society. The Ministry is divided into the following governing bodies: a) The Secretary of State for Energy; b) The Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society; c) The Secretary of State for Tourism.
The Spanish Ministry of Defence is responsible for the preparation, development and implementation of the defence policy determined by the Government and for management of the military administration. Its highest body is the State Secretariat of Defence, and it incorporates other bodies as provided for under the legal system and, specifically, under the legislation on military organisations.
The CSIC is the largest public research body in Spain. It plays an active role in the science policy of all the autonomous regions through their centres across Spain. CSIC's mission includes: 1) Multidisciplinary scientific and technical research; 2) Scientific and technical advice; 3) Transferring results to the private sector; 4) Contributing to the creation of technology-driven companies; 5) Training specialised personnel; 6) Management of infrastructure and large facilities; 7) Promoting scientific culture.