Carlos III Health Institute

(Instituto de Salud Carlos III)

Tel: 91 822 21 00 91 822 20 81 

C / Sinesio Delgado, 4

28029 - Madrid

D. Jesús Fernández Crespo - Director


Institute Profile

The National Institute of Heath Carlos III (Instituto de Salud Carlos III) is a public research body attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, whose basic goal and responsibility is to promote and asses biomedical and health research.  After more than 20 years of outstanding activity in biomedical and health services, the institute stands today as the entity responsible for the Health Strategy Action within Spain’s National Plan for Science and Technology Research, Development and Innovation.

The institute has more than 1,200 staff members broken into the following departments: National Centre for Cancer Research, National Centre for Cardiovascular Diseases Research, Centre for Neurological Diseases Research, National Health Research Funding Agency, National Centre of Microbiology, National Centre of Epidemiology, National Centre of Environmental Health, National Centre of Tropical Diseases, Research Institute of Rare Diseases, Agency for Health Technology Assessment, Units of Nursing Care Research: Health information technologies and Bioinformatics, National School of Public Health, National School of Occupational Health, Office for European Research Projects, National Health Library, National Banks of Cell Lines, National Cancer Research Centre Carlos III, National Cardiovascular Research Centre Carlos III, National Neurology Research Centre Carlos III.

In 2008, the institute worked on the development of diagnostic methods on infectious diseases, updated its cancer mapping system, and created guidelines for the economic evaluation of health technologies.  Three of the main goals and challenges for 2009 are:

INGENIO 2010 Programme -- Evaluation of the “Networking Biomedical Research Centres” (CIBER).
CIBER is a research consortia integrated by groups selected to develop a scientific program on different strategic fields of interest for the National Health System. They are funded within the Health Strategy Action (Spain’s National Plan for Science and Technology Research, Development and Innovation 2008-2011) and managed by the National Institute of Health Carlos III.

VI National Plan for Science and Technology Research, Development and Innovation 2008-2011
The institute will assist in Implementation and execution of the Health Strategy Action along these strategic lines: 1) Human Resources Program; 2) Programme for Biomedical and Health Research, Technological Evaluations and Non Commercial Clinical Trial projects, 3) Program of Scientific and Technological Infrastructures for Health Care and Biomedical Research and 4) Program of Networks for Biomedical Research.

Institutional Reinforcement Programme -- Biomedical and Health Research Institutes Programme
This includes accreditation and evaluation of research Institutes integrated by hospitals of the National Health System, universities, and research centres to achieve the required standards of quality and productivity on biomedicine and health services. 


Spain Facts




504,782 sq km


$1.49 trillion




- Cancers
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Stroke
- Alzheimers/Dementia
- Lung Disease


4 deaths/1,000 live births


Male: 78 
Female: 85


Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings