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The CIC nanoGUNE Consolider is a newly established center created with the mission of addressing basic and applied world-class research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, fostering high-standard training and education of researchers in this field, and promoting the cooperation among the different agents in the Basque Science, Technology, and Innovation Network (Universities and Technological Centers) and between these agents and the industrial sector.

NanoGUNE develops the Cooperative Research Center (CIC) concept which has been successfully implemented in various cases in the Basque Country. CIC accounts for Centro de Investigacion Cooperativa, which means Cooperative Research Center in Spanish. CICs are promoted by the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Basque Government and are designed with the aim of creating an effective framework of collaboration that strengthens interdisciplinary basic and applied world-class research in order to provide technology transfer and promote competitiveness of the Basque Industry in strategic areas.

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is the first, and so far the only one, fully international research organization in Europe in the field of
nanoscience and nanotechnology. It has an international legal framework similar to the few international laboratories in other areas located in Europe like CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research at Geneva, ESO - European Southern Observatory, EMBL - European Molecular Biology Laboratory, ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The new laboratory is being established by Portugal and Spain, but in the future will be open to the membership of other countries of Europe and other regions of the world.

INL is the result of a joint decision of the Governments of Portugal and Spain, taken in November 19, 2005 at the XXI Portugal-Spain Summit, in Evora, whereby the two Governments made clear their commitment to a strong cooperation in ambitious science and technology joint ventures for the future.

Centro Andaluz de Nanomedicina y Biotecnologia

The Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology, BIONAND, is a multi-disciplinary research centre designed with the objective to promote and support the development of new systems for diagnostics and disease treatment through the research in one of the most promising fields within the new technological advances in medicine: the nanomedicine.

This centre is part of the Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies created by the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Health, which has as objective to promote and support the research in three strategic research lines, Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine, Clinical Genetics & Genomic Medicine and Nanomedicine.

BIONAND is a joint centre participated by the Regional Ministry of Health, the Regional Ministry of Innovation, Science and Enterprise and the University of Malaga.

Located at the Andalusian Technology Park of Malaga, a technological environment that integrates high-leading centres and industries, BIONAND will have a total surface area of 6.500 m2 and it will be comprised of four floors housing core facilities and 12 research laboratories.

BIONAND will have three main research areas:

- An area related to Nanodiagnostics, focused on improving the precision, simplicity, and specificity of diagnostic procedures by means of biosensors and new imaging techniques.
- An area related to Therapeutic Nanosystems, focused on the development of nanodevices for smart-delivery and specific localization of chemotherapeutic agents to increase therapeutic efficacy.
- An area for Nanobiotechnology focused on all aspects of basic research and emerging technologies to include fundamental theories and concepts applied to biomedical-related devices and methods developed by the other two areas.

Institut Catala de Nanotecnologia

The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2 – Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) is a renowned research centre. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. The Mission of ICN2 is to achieve scientific and technological excellence at an international level in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and to facilitate the adoption and integration of nanotechnologies into society and industry.

The patrons of ICN2 are the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The Institute promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds (physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering) to develop basic and applied research, always seeking interactions with local and global industry. ICN2 also trains researchers in nanotechnology, develops numerous activities to facilitate the uptake of nanotechnology by industry, and promotes networking among scientists, engineers, technicians, business people, society, and policy makers.

ICN2 was accredited in 2014 by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, the highest recognition of centres of excellence in Spain. The ICN2 proposal for this call focused on the development of nanoscale devices that are effective and marketable. Based on scientific advances in the development of materials, nanofabrication, characterisation, and theoretical simulation, practical applications will be developed in three main areas: Biosystems. Energy, and Information technology and telecommunications.

Instituto de Nanociencia y Nanotecnologia

Research institutes are nowadays amongst the most significant organisationl units of research within the University of Barcelona. They were created to
encourage research and to promote its outcome within society. Many public administrations and other official bodies worldwide organise research and development activities in the field of Nanotechnology by creating specialised research institutes. With a will of following the same organisational pattern, the University of Barcelona created in 2006 the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN2UB), which has as an aim to coordinate multidisciplinary research activities carried out by several research groups of this institution. The (IN2UB) wants to contribute to the progress of science, while spurring, at the same time, industrial excellence. researchers who are members of the (IN2UB) come from different scientific disciplines, such as Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy Science, Biochemistry, and Medicine. In this framework, the (IN2UB) aims at promoting, both internally and internationally, the collaboration among different groups and research centers by strengthening interdisciplinary activities which integrate both basic and applied research.
The main and most challenging objectives of the (IN2UB) are

1.- To encourage the most suitable synergies among researchers, in order to favour the interdisciplinary work patterns necessary to take on frontier research project development;

2.- To favour interaction among researchers and those companies interested in nanotechnologies and their different uses by bringing the two fronts to collaborate in project development that shall meet the technological requirements of the business world.

Centro de Investigación en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnología

The Research Center on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (CINN) is a joint research center created in 2007 by institutional joint initiative
between the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Government of Asturias and the University of Oviedo.

The CINN combines interdisciplinary research strongly competitive at international level with scientific and technological demonstration activities towards enterprises technologically advanced, and has among its main objectives the creation of new technology-based firms.

IMDEA Nanoscience
Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia

The IMDEA Nanociencia Foundation, created by a joint initiative of the regional Government of Madrid and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Government of Spain, manages the IMDEA Nanociencia Institute. This new interdisciplinary research centre aims at becoming a flexible framework to create new internationally competitive research groups by hybridizing some of the best scientists in Madrid dedicated to the exploration of basic nanoscience with recognized researches recognized elsewhere recruited on an internationally competitive basis.

The IMDEA Nanociencia Institute will concentrate efforts in certain areas of Nanoscience, establishing a critical mass of excellence in human resources and equipments that allows to achieve international excellence. It will also contribute to educate technical and scientific personnel in different areas of Nanotechnology, as well as promoting technology transfer and creation of spin-offs companies in this area that may contribute to the economic development of Madrid and Spain

Centro de Investigacion Cooperativa en Biociencias

The word "biogune" means a site for biosciences, which is precisely what CIC bioGUNE is: a place that attracts talented researchers from all over the world. By setting up joint projects with other scientific institutions, it has become, since it was first opened in January 2005, a center of excellence for biomedical research. Consequently, the mission of CIC bioGUNE is to carry out research at the international level, focused on strategic objectives of global interest, at the same time supporting the development of the biotechnology industry in the Basque Country.

Centro de Tecnologia Nanofotonica de Valencia (NTC)
Centro de Tecnología Nanofotónica de Valencia (NTC)

The Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center (NTC) is a research center inside the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)). The center includes its own team of 45 researchers.

Our mission is to establish leadership in Europe in the micro/nanofabrication of silicon structures for the development of nanotechnologies. Our photonics products are applied in sectors such as: optical fibre networks and systems, biophotonics, defence, security, and photonic computation.

We are in a new building for the exclusive use of the center inside the UPV Science Park The building measures 3500 square metres with space for 100 professionals (including a 500 square metre cleanroom currently being constructed). The aim of the NTC and the UPV Science Park is to encourage regional development by transferring university research results to industry.

The NTC offers an extraordinary technological potential and is dedicated to business development.

Instituto de Universitario de Investigacion en Nanociencia en Aragon

The Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Zaragoza (Spain) created in 2003.

Our activity is focused on R+D in nanoscience and nanotechnology, based on the processing and fabrication of structures at the nanoscale and the study of their applications, in collaboration with companies and technological institutes from different areas.
Ours is a multidisciplinary research and so it covers different fields such as Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Biology, Biochemistry and biotechnology. There are three main research areas: Physics of nanosystems, Nanobiomedicine and Nanomaterials.


The nanoBasque Strategy stipulates the lines that will enable a new future production model to be created for the Basque Country that is driven by nanotechnology; a model in which all agents, both national and international, act together and coordinate to meet the challenges of the present and of the future. The resulting system, as if it were a living, breathing being, will be defined by means of precise objectives, with a specific nature and guidelines for action aimed at getting everything to work in the most efficient way possible.


"Modelling for Nanotechnology" (M4nano) is a WEB-based initiative leaded by four Spanish Institutions: Phantoms Foundation, Parque Cientifico de Madrid (PCM), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) and Universidad Complutense to maintain a systematic flow of information among research groups and therefore avoid that research efforts in Nanomodelling remain fragmented.

Emerging research areas such as Molecular Electronics, Biotechnology, Nanophotonics, Nanofluidics or Quantum Computing could lead in the mid-term future to possible elements of nano-based devices. Modelling behaviour of these possible nanodevices is therefore becoming more and more important and should allow to: (i) Visualise what happens inside a device (ii) Optimise the devices under study (iii) Improve understanding of device properties (physical, chemical, etc.).

M4nano in close collaboration with other European Research Institutions deeply involved in "modelling at the nanoscale" will develop tools such as a user´s database, a forum to stimulate discussions about the future of Nanocomputing, a source of documents (courses, seminars, etc.) on modelling issues, etc. and in the mid-term future implement a computational HUB, repository of simulation codes useful for modelling and design of nanoscale electronic devices.

Plataforma de Nanomedicina
Plataforma de Nanomedicina

The Plataforma Española de NanoMedicina (Spanish NanoMedicine Platform) aims to bring together the most important Spanish researchers, industries and administrations, in order to promote a common strategy in such a multidisciplinary field as nanomedicine. The biomedical and biotechnological industrial sectors playing the leading role in the Plataforma, very actively supported by technology centres, research organisations, universities and hospitals, as well as by the Spanish public administration.


Biocat is the organization that coordinates, dynamizes and promotes biotechnology, biomedicine and medical technology sector in Catalonia. It is fostered by the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council and, since it was created in 2006, has included companies and organizations fron this sector in its governing bodies.

Biocat works to achieve the following goals:

  • Facilitate relationships and synergies among members of the BioRegion of Catalonia
  • Drive the sector to make it an economic engine in this country
  • Promote the sector on an international level
  • Improve the public´s knowledge and perception of biotechnology

Address: Baldiri Reixac, 4-8, Torre I (PCB) 
08028 Barcelona - Spain
Phone: 34 93 310 33 30 
Fax: 34 93 310 33 60


The CIBER-BBN is one of the new CIBER consortia in Spain, established under the leadership of Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) to encourage quality research and create a critical mass of researchers in the field of Biomedicine and Healthcare Sciences. The CIBER-BBN was officially founded with the meeting of its Executive Council on December 4, 2006, and its headquarters are in Zaragoza.

The scientific areas represented within the CIBER-BBN are: Bioengineering and biomedical imaging, Biomaterials and tissue engineering and Nanomedicine, and the Center´s research is focused on the development of prevention, diagnostic and follow-up systems and on technologies related to specific therapies such as Regenerative Medicine and Nanotherapies.

Basque Bioregion

From a strong heritage of industrial success, the Basque Country has turned itself into a small but vibrant bioregion, named BioBasque, with a growing cluster of life science companies rooted in a renovated research and innovation system.

Strong government support, with a pro-business orientation, has helped a thriving biosciences community, promoted the collaboration between the academic world, the health system and industry; and contributed essential infrastructures.

Proven experience in clustering (we are pioneers in Spain) has also worked to create a nourishing environment that acts as a magnet for talent. More than 60% of the expanding researcher pool comes from various parts of Europe, America and Asia.

The business sector, with more than 70 companies, benefits from leveraging different expertise and converging technologies. Biological know how is complemented by a tradition in engineering, manufacturing, microtechnology, electronics, robotics and automation, and by the newer skills in nanotechnology.

And for sustained success, the BioBasque is also connected to the world. Strong ties have been established with the international scientific community through active participation in global networks such as the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) initiative and collaborative relationships within Europe, among which the ERANET programme, or direct participation in networks such as the CEBR (Council of European BioRegions) and organisations such as EuropaBio.

Plataforma de Quimica Sostenible
Plataforma de Quimica Sostenible

The Spanish Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem - España) is an initiative of the Spanish Chemical Industry Federation (FEIQUE) in collaboration with the Spanish Association of Bioenterprises (ASEBIO), the Spanish Federation of Innovation and Technology Organisations (FEDIT) and the network of University Technology Transfer Offices (Red OTRI). The Platform is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and has the permanent collaboration of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) a Spanish public organisation, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

Following its homologous European Platform (SUSCHEM), the Spanish Platform has been established as a response to the growing need of the chemical industry to increase and assure its competitiveness on the long run, based on global and strategic R&D and innovative actions.

The Platform has as its main goal to support the success of the chemical industry and associated industrial sectors stimulating research and development both in  private and public research communities For this, a network of strategic and intellectual collaborations will be established, covering all the innovation process (from idea to market).

Plataforma Tecnologica Nacional FOTONICA21
Plataforma Tecnologica Nacional - Fotonica 21

Fotonica21 is a voluntary association of industrial enterprises and other stakeholders in the field of photonics in Spain. It unites the majority of the leading Photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Spain. Presently, we can count as members more than 120. Its mission is the coordination of the research and development activities in Spain among all the contributing partners from education, basic research, applied research and development to manufacturing and all relevant applications.

The Work Groups of Fotonica21 are the main centers of activities within the Technology Platform. They focus on application-oriented, cross-disciplinary issues or on specific tasks like the development of the respective research priorities and the update of the Strategic Research Agenda. Fotonica21 comprises seven work groups:

1. Information and communication
2. Manufacturing processes
3. Life Sciences
4. Lighting and Displays
5. Security and Sensors
6. Optical components and systems
7. Edge research training and infrastructure

One of the main objectives is to define the Strategic Research Agenda for Photonics in Spain and transport it to the administrations to act as a single voice of the sector and seek to influence the calls that launch these administrations.

Among the advantages:

- Advertising own developments to the rest of members.
- Receive timely news and events.
- Information on call for aid.
- Search for partners for projects.



Red Nanolito

is the Spanish Network on Nanolithography. The Nanolithography comprises the set of techniques that allow the creation of nanodevices based on top-down approaches, and so is a key element in Nanotechnology. In July 2008, an application was sent to the Ministry of Science in Spain to form a national network on Nanolithography that would foster scientific exchange and knowledge transfer between the national agents in this field (research groups, institutions and companies).

With Nanolito, we aim to optimise and coordinate the use of the national scientific resources in the area of Nanolithography. The obtained funding will support Nanolito during 2009 and 2010, and will be mainly used for the organization of meetings and workshops. Other important aims are the creation of the present web platform as an entrance window to Nanolithography in Spain and the writing of a SWOT document.


(Nano for Youth) is a project funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission that aims to increase young people´s basic understanding on nanotechnologies (NT) and to engage in the dialogue about their ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA). It also aims to encourage scientific vocations amongst European youth and promotes social acceptance of NT at a moment when their applications are emerging.

With the aid of a multilingual web portal and outreach activities, NANOYOU facilitates participatory educational resources on nanotechnologies with a European dimension among schools, museums and science centres from more than 20 countries.

(European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility)

The ETSF is a knowledge center for theoretical spectroscopy carrying out state-of-the-art research on theoretical and computational methods for studying electronic and optical properties of materials. The ETSF gathers the experience and know-how of more than 200 researchers in Europe and the United States, facilitating collaborations and rapid knowledge transfer.

The ETSF offers its expertise to researchers, industry, and students in the form of collaborative projects, free scientific software and training. Proposals to benefit from these services can be submitted at any moment, and are evaluated twice a year by an external scientific panel.

The ETSF is co-funded by the EU under the FP7 Capacities programme

Red "Jose Roberto Leite" de Divulgacion y Formacion en Nanotecnologia

The Network "Jose Roberto Leite" of dissemination and education in Nanotechnology, NANODYF, is an iberoamerican thematic network belonging to Area 6 "Science and Society", of the Iberoamerican Program of Science and Technology for Development, CYTED. The main objective of the NANODYF network is to transmit the contribution of new knowledge and scientific research results in nanotechnology to the great mass of receptors through a public nano education, as well as to analyze the interaction of nanotechnology scientific knowledge with other forms of knowledge with the aim of maximize values and capabilities of nanotechnology to transform the world through a positive and productive dialogue with other forms of rationality and knowledge production.

The NANODYF network aims to create a cooperative framework among its participating groups to identify the current status of dissemination and training in nanotechnology in Iberoamerica and propose future strategies to achieve public dimension of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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