The 24 Official State Gazette (28 November 1939, (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) was set up on 24 November 1939 via a foundational law published in the (28 Official State Gazette (28 November 1939), and took over the responsibilities and the premises of the Board for the Broadening of Scientific Studies and Research (Junta para Ampliación de Estudios e Investigaciones Científicas, JAE).
The Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) is today the largest public institution in Spain dedicated to scientific and technical research and one of the most outstanding in the European Research Area. It is attached to the Spanish Ministry of Science,, Innovation and Universities through the Secretariat General for the Coordination of Scientific Policy.
Its main goal is developing and promoting research for scientific and technological progress, to which end it is open to collaboration with Spanish and foreign entities. According to its Statute (Article 4), sets out its purpose as the promotion, coordination, development and dissemination of, multidisciplinary scientific and technological research, to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as training personnel and providing advice to public and private entities in these matters.