General Policies

Strategic Plan

Every four years, the CNB is required to present a four years strategic plan (Action Plan) to the Presidency of the CSIC for evaluation and approval. This plan includes a SWOT analysis of the Centre, prioritises lines of research, investments into research infrastructures, recruitment of scientists and technical support personal, as well as many other aspects related to the efficient allocation of resources and actions that guarantee the efficiency, excellence and international competitiveness of the CNB. The Action Plan is elaborated by the Direction of the CNB and approved by the Centre’s Governing Board. The Action Plan for the 2018-2021 period dates from June 2017.

External Evaluations

Though not compulsory for research centres of the CSIC, the CNB decided to subject the totality of its activitities periodically to external evaluations. In 2005, the CNB became the first CSIC centre that underwent an exhaustive and global evaluation by an international board of experts:


  • 2005 - EMBO evaluation

Profs. Moshe Yaniv, Frank Gannon, Paolo Costantino, Jan Taplick, Stephen Cusack, Gert Groot, Jörg Hacker, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Francesco Sinigaglia, Anna Tramontano, Detlef Weigel and Robin Weiss stated that "The panel members were extremely impressed by the excellence of research conducted in the CNB. They consider that the performance of the different departments place them in the forefront of European and world science". The panel also made specific mention of the centre’s organisation in different departments in support of the ultidisciplinary characteristics of the CNB.


  • 2009 - External evaluation of CSIC Life Science research centres

A panel of 25 international experts, led by Profs. Ian Mattaj and Michael Shelanski, positively evaluated the strategy of the CNB to accomplish its mission to produce excellent science that is recognised internationally.


  • 2010 - Evaluation by CNB’s external Scientific Advisory Board

Profs. Wolfgang Baumeister, Anne Ridley, Maarten Koornneef, Juan Luis Ramos, Inder Verma and Anna Tramontano highlighted in their report that "the CNB harbours a number of leading research groups and has a well-balanced composition of disciplines and areas of research. The overall organisational structure of the CNB is adequate with clear strategic aims".


  • 2016 - Evaluation by CNB’s external Scientific Advisory Board

The SAB concluded that, despite a substantial reduction of the centre’s budget, generalized cuts in research funding, and a drastic decrease of non-permanent research staff since the last global review of the centre in 2010, the CNB has succeeded in significantly improving a number of benchmarks, such as the publication of its research in top-quality journals, access to international funding and license agreements with industrial partners.  The board also pointed out that the CNB has sustained a high level of PhD training and maintained its national and international visibility through the organization of scientific events and an ample network of scientific collaborations.


Career Track

The scientific performance of Group Leaders at the CNB is closely monitored by the Centre's external Scientific Advisory Board.

SABThe career track at the CNB establishes three categories (C1, C2 and C3) for Group Leaders, independent of their contractual status and professional category in the public tenure track system. The three levels differ essentially in the amount of bench space assigned, the maximal size of the research group, and the resources with which the Centre supports the research group during its start-up phase.

The level at which scientists start their career as independent Group Leaders at the CNB, depends on an initial evaluation of their scientific achievements and future potential by the external Scientific Advisory Board.

The Scientific Advisory Board periodically monitors the scientific progress of each Group Leader through compulsory five-years evaluations; upon request of the scientist or a recommendation by the Scientific Advisory Board, the evaluation may be performed earlier, but never in intervals shorter than three years.

The result of this evaluation, in the case of being positive, will determine whether a Group Leader is promoted to the next career level or stays at the previously assigned level. Negative evaluations eventually imply the assignation of a scientist to a lower career level. In the case of negatively evaluated C1 positions, the scientist may lose the status as an independent Group Leader and opt for the incorporation as staff scientist into another research group at the CNB or, alternatively, look for a position outside the CNB.


Política de Gestión de Proyectos


Good Practices in Animal Research

The Animal Research Ethics Committee watch over the compliance of codes of good scientific practices at the centre.

The CNB embrace the Statement Supporting Directive 2010/63/EU in Support of European Animal Research Legislation.

Institutional statement on the use of research animals. The Centro Nacional de Biotecnología of the CSIC (CNB-CSIC) has joined the Agreement on Openness on Animal Research, promoted from the Federation of Scientific Societies in Spain (COSCE), with the collaboration of the European Association of Research Animals (EARA), and launched on 20 September 2016.



Good Scientific Practices

CSIC has have a Code of Good Scientific Practices developed by the Ethics Comitee of CSIC.  As part of the organisation, the CNB embrace this code and its anexe.

CSIC, along with Crue Universidades Españolas and COSCE have suscribed the National Declaration on Scientific Integrity. This document sets some key concepts such as honesty, objectivity and fairness to all scientific disciplines. As part of CSIC, the CNB embrace this declaration.

Moreover, CNB is commited to follow the Manual of Conflicts of Interest from CSIC.



Gender Policy

Gender policy at the CNB is in accordance with the recommendations of the CSIC Women and Science Committee and follows the recommendations of the 2nd Gender Equality Plan (2015) from CSIC

Since many years, the CNB has put in practice gender neutral recruitment and promotion policies. Today, more than a half (56%) of the Centre's research staff are women and almost half (41%) of decision-making positions (Director, Vice-Directors, Department Heads, Heads of Scientific Services and Administration) are occupied by women. Since the CNB is bound to public salary schemes, there are no salary differences between male and female employees at the Centre.

Flexible working hours and on-campus access to kindergarten, pre-school, primary education, summer camps and numerous other activities and installations on the UAM-CSIC campus contribute to a family-friendly work-life balance.


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