CONICET is the main agency that fosters science and technology in Argentina. Currently, the Council has more than 10 thousand researchers, 11 thousand doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, 2,600 technicians and professional support staff, and 1,500 administrative employees. They all operate across the whole country -from the Antarctic up to the Puna, from the Andes Mountain Range up to the Argentine Sea- in 15 Scientific and Technological Centers (CCT), 11 research and transference centers (CIT), a Multidisciplinary Research Center and more than 280 Institutes and exclusive CONICET Centers under the scope of national universities and other institutions.

Great areas of knowledge of CONICET

  • Agrarian, Engineering and Material Sciences
  • Biological and Health Sciences
  • Exact and Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and the Humanities

Agrarian, Engineering and Material Sciences

This area covers the agrarian, engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electronic, among others) sciences and architecture.

It mainly comprises applied research developments but, to a lesser degree, experimental development and basic research linked to technological problems. There are lines of research such as the design of new materials, the genetic improvement of species important at an economic level, the enhancement of fertilization systems, the modeling of systems control, urban planning and housing design.

About 22% of researchers and 26% of fellows work in these disciplines while 20% of the Implementation Units belong to this great area.


  • Agrarian Sciences
  • Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and other Related Engineering Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and other associate Engineering
  • Habitat, Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
  • Computer and Communications
  • Process Engineering, Industrial Products and Biotechnology
  • Technological and Social Development and Complex Projects

Biological and Health Sciences

The disciplines that are part of this great area are vital to improve the quality of life of the society and have become relevant for its scientific production. Around 30% of the researchers and 26% of the fellows of CONICET belong to this branch of knowledge. The 35% of the Implementation Units of the agency are part of this area.

The history of this institution is linked to Biological and Health Sciences research; in fact, Bernardo Houssay, the founder of CONICET, belonged to that area of knowledge.


  • Medical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Veterinary

Exact and Natural Sciences

This area of knowledge includes diverse disciplines like mathematics, astronomy or computer science, among others. This diversity makes it an area of basic and applied sciences with multiple and different lines of research.

Around 23% of CONICET researchers and 21% of the fellows are part of some of those disciplines. Besides, 29% of the Implementation Units belong to this great area.


  • Earth, Water and Atmosphere Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry


Social Sciences and the Humanities

The area of social and human sciences offer a great range of disciplines such as law, linguistics, psychology, education sciences, anthropology, archeology, geography, sociology, economy, among others.

Around 22% of the researchers and 26% of the fellows study subjects related to this great area of knowledge. From the Centers and Institutes of the Council, 17% of them focus their lines of research on Social Sciences and the Humanities.


  • Law, Political Sciences and International Relations
  • Literature, Linguistics and Semiotics
  • Philosophy
  • History, Geography, Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology, Social Communication and Demography
  • Economics, Management Sciences and Public Administration
  • Psychology and Education Sciences
  • Archeology and Biological Anthropology