There is not a clear translation for the term
"Instalación Científica y Tecnológica Singular (ICTS)".
One of the possibilities is "
Major Scientific Facilities" but it also can be found as
"Large Scientific Facilities", "Large Scale Facilities" or "Large Scientific Infraestructure".
In any case, what the Spanish Government defines as "Instalaciones Científicas y
Tecnológicas Singulares (ICTS)" is related to those that are unique or exceptional
facilities with investment and/or maintenance costs that are relatively large in relation to
R&D investment budgets in the area in which their activities are centred and whose
importance and strategic nature in terms of R&D justifies their accessibility to all R&D
groups and society as a whole.
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad coordinates activities relating to major
scientific and technological facilities at state level and sets
the priorities for action. There is a Comité Asesor de Infraestructuras Singulares
created by the Spanish Commission for Science and Technology (CICYT) to follow
the action of the Spanish GICs. This Committee is made up of independent experts
from different institutions.