The CYTED Program's main objective is to contribute to the harmonious development of the Latin American region by establishing mechanisms for cooperation between research groups from Universities, R&D Centers and innovative companies in member countries, with the aim of achieving scientific and technological results that are transferable to productive systems and social policies.

The specific objectives of CYTED are:

• To promote the integration of the Scientific and Technological Iberoamerican Community, promoting an agenda of shared priorities for the region.

• To strengthen the capacity of technological development in Latin America by promoting joint scientific research, transfer of knowledge and skills, and exchange of scientists and technologists between groups of R&D&I of the member countries.

• To promote the participation of business sectors of member countries interested in innovation processes, consistent with the research and technological developments of the Scientific and Technological Iberoamerican Community.

• To promote the participation of researchers from the region in other multilateral research programs through agreements.

CYTED also aims at acting as a bridge for interregional cooperation in Science and Technology between the European Union and Latin America.

CYTED is organized following a decentralized model, which is structured in a double frame: institutional and functional. The institutional framework is composed of the agencies responsible for science and technology policy of the 21 participating countries, designated as Signatory Organizations of the Program (ONCYT) by the respective national governments. Each Signatory Agency is responsible for Program management at the national level and representing its country in the governing bodies of the Program.
The functional framework involves research and development groups from Universities, R&D centersand innovative companies of the signatory countries participating in the different actions of the Program: Thematic Networks, Research Coordination Actions, Joint Research Projects, Transversal Actions and Innovation Projects. The articulation of this double frame and the management and coordination of activities are performed by the General Secretariat of the Program, which has an international character.