ICTS are the new BRONZE Big Science Business Forum sponsor
The term Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) refers to leading R&D facilities that, individually or by coordinating several installations, provide services for pioneering and top-quality research, as well as for the transmission, exchange and preservation of knowledge, transfer of technology, and promotion of innovation. The ultimate goal is to provide the national and international science, technology and industrial community with pioneering scientific-technical infrastructures that are essential for competitive and quality scientific and technical research. These are technical means that are unique or exceptional in their field, with a high investment and/or maintenance and operation cost, and whose importance and strategic nature justify their availability for the entire R&D group.
The ICTS have three fundamental characteristics:
1.- They are publicly owned infrastructures. That is, they belong to or are managed by public entities under the authority of the state and/or regional governments. They are mostly funded by public money.
2.- They are unique, which means they are one of a kind, including:
- Large facilities that enable the observation, analysis and interpretation of phenomena of interest.
- Complex experimental infrastructures designed to create, reproduce and study physical, chemical andbiological phenomena of interest.
- Large experimental infrastructures for engineering and developing new technologies applied in different fields.
- Essential infrastructures to provide scientists with access to natural settings that present unique characteristics for research.
- Advanced technology that provides horizontal and fundamental support in all scientific and technological disciplines.
3.- They are open to competitive user access in the entire research community, both from the public and private sector.
The ICTS are located across Spain and are included on the “National Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)” (hereinafter “ICTS Map”). The current map consists of 29 ICTS, bringing together a total of 62 infrastructures.