The Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System

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The Act 14/2011 of 1st June on science, technology and innovation (hereinafter, STI Act, from its initials in Spanish) defines the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System as a "system of systems" that integrates and coordinates general State policies with those of the Autonomous Regions and articulates the actions in the public and private (company) spheres via the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Council.

The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, assumes the responsibility for fostering research and innovation, and the management of international relations in this area and the Spanish representation in programs and international organizations, and the EU.Nevertheless, other Ministries also participate in the creation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of R&D&I policy.

The Spanish Strategy on Science and Technology and on Innovation 2013-2020 and the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and for Innovation 2013-2020 identify participation in the construction and use of Large International Scientific Facilities and in their associated International Bodies as a key action line.

These facilities offer the most advanced resources, indispensable for boosting the quality of our research results and international technological development, as well as improving the competitiveness of our companies and their external projection.

At present, Spain is participating in 18 large facilities and international scientific and technological infrastructures: Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), European Forest Institute (EFI), European Grid Initiative (EGI, e-ciencia), European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), GÉANT (e-ciencia), Iberian Grid Infrastructure Conference (IBERGRID, e-ciencia), Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), Joint European Torus (JET) and Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE).