The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is Spain’s largest public research institution and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organisations. The CSIC has more than 10 000 employees, including nearly 4 000 staff researchers. Currently, it has 120 institutes spread across the country. The CSIC carries out research in all fields of knowledge, distributed in three global areas: Life, Society and Materia. The CSIC is a major player in the European Research Area (ERA). As of May 2019, the CSIC has obtained 575 projects in H2020, and is listed the 1st organisation in Spain and the 4th participant by number of projects (E-CORDA).
The Margarita Salas Center for Biological Research (CIB) is a public funded national research institute that belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). At the CIB´s Department of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology, we are devoted to advance the understanding on how living organisms, plants, animals and microorganisms, interact and respond to their environment. Organisms are studied on every scale, from molecular to whole-body level, and using multidisciplinary experimental approaches. The diversity of the permanent research staff, which operates in 13 groups, combined with modern equipped labs provide for variety and excellence in both, fundamental and applied research.