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Strategic Projects Unit

The Strategic Managing Unit (SMU) aim is to give solutions to the institute challenges. It leads the organisation and looks after the Strategic Plan being effectively implemented.

The SMU is responsible for the implementation of the funding obtained by ICMAB. It was created in 2016 to reinforce strategic projects. For instance, gives support to all the initiatives related to our Severo Ochoa seal of excellence. The unit is fully coordinated with the Managing Director, and is in charge of the control and reporting of the strategic projects from the Institute. The Strategic Managing Unit also collaborates with ICMAB’s governing bodies and Research Units. With that, and the continuous strategy development, ICMAB keeps being one of the leading European Research Insitutes in Materials Science.

The activities led by the Strategic Managing Unit include: the design, implementation and monitoring, together with the governing bodies, of ICMAB’s Strategic Plan; coordinate institutional projects and initiatives; give support to the Direction and Managing Director in strategy and implementation; identify and provide support to researchers in the preparation, submission and reporting of new projects and grants.

The Unit is responsible of constant search of new opportunities, always focusing on the strategy and innovation objectives of our Severo Ochoa seal of excellence and Strategic Plan. In 2021 the SMU was formed by Montse Salas and Laura Cabana.

International Projects

Inside the Strategic Managing Unit there is a section dedicated to International Projects. The SMU provides support to researchers in preparing, submitting and reporting new projects and grants. The work of the SMU for international projects is divided into:

  • Pre-award: give support in the proposal preparation (writing, budget, consultancy, proposal revision…); identify calls and opportunities; ensure the accomplishment of the internal procedures; partner search; training in funding opportunities and proposal preparation.
  • Post-award: Grant/Consortium Agreements preparation technical and financial project management; ensure the achievement of the milestones, tasks, meetings, external/internal communication; problem solving; scientific and financial reporting to funding agents; support in audits; amendment management.

The person in charge of the international projects at ICMAB is Laura Cabana.

Strategic Managing Unit


Campus UAB
(in front of Firehouse)
08193, Bellaterra


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