Cmb's goal is to develop leadership and management in the urban development, construction and community building sector - based on evidence-based knowledge and proven experience. We contribute to the build of a thriving, inclusive and sustainable society and we therefore support research that has an overall focus on and emphasis on leadership and management.
Examples of subject areas are management aspects of climate leadership, digitalisation, organizational and business development, urban planning and urban development, as well as innovativeness. The basic criterion for the research that cmb supports and finances is that it is project-led by a doctoral researcher at Chalmers, who, together with employees at the partner companies or individually, seeks funds for research and development projects. Otherwise, there are no restrictions regarding the collaboration between different universities and research institutes. Projects can be initiated by researchers at Chalmers, by member companies or by cmb's various knowledge groups.
We primarily welcome applications for feasibility studies, but larger project applications can also be submitted. We emphasize in that case the necessity of co-funding. Funding through cmb also means a clear focus on dissemination, as we are a partner-owned foundation with the aim of developing the industry's level of knowledge. A project's organization should consist of both researchers from Chalmers and people from one or more of the stakeholder companies, e.g. as part of a reference group. We encourage researchers early in their career to seek support from us, as we want to contribute to the long-term research growth within our focus areas. The more relational procedure that characterizes our financing process is a good training ground for larger project applications.
Applications received are processed by an assessment group, that consists of both researchers and senior practitioners in the industry, most of the latter having their own doctorates. Normally, the response time from submitted application and notification is around two months.