The activities at the IEEC are structured around two main scientific strategies:
- A series of key international collaborations, identified as horizontal projects, mainly related with space missions but also with ground-based facilities.
- A series of vertical lines of basic research, which provide the main reason of the existence of such missions and facilities.
In accordance to these strategies, the institute participates in high-level projects, most of them linked to the field of space sciences, which require the assessment of important and multidisciplinary resources. In addition, the institute’s research core develops the necessary basic research required to accomplish and carry out the aforementioned projects.