Governance and Finances

CMDS operates as an independent research center of Central European University.  The Center began in 2005. In January 2014, the Center joined the CEU’s new School of Public Policy (SPP), and in September 2014 was chartered by the Rector. Members of the CMDS Advisory Board actively serve as stewards and consultants for the Center’s projects, as well as in helping the Center secure new funding opportunities. 

CMDS operates with a modest independent budget derived from the main CEU operating budget and external research funds awarded to the Center in accordance with CEU policies and procedures. Additional external funds from project grants (from various organizations, including the Open Society Foundations, European Commission, Google, Internews and others) are used to cover salaries of staff and contracted researchers, as well as project activities (research, publications, workshops/conferences) and overhead and administration. Our annual resources come in the form of in-kind support, cost sharing arrangements, multi-year externally funded research project and modest direct support from CEU (see list ofexternally_funded_projects_.pdf).

The Center enters into a wide variety of grants and contracts to support fairly specific research projects with detailed deliverables and timelines.  CEU is a also registered 501(c)(3) entity in the US. This allows the Center to engage with research funders that want to provide more general gifts in support of our research, without additional tax burden.