We have always had a close relationship with academia: our business and investment strategies have been built on an academic approach to finance. We hire from many of the top institutions and we actively maintain strong relationships with them through partnerships and collaboration. We believe strongly in supporting fundamental research, and in 2009 we decided that we wanted to make a direct contribution to research efforts in areas beyond our direct interest but in an area that we understand. We therefore created The CFM Foundation for Research.
The Foundation aims to finance upto five theses per year in exact sciences on varying themes (e.g. physics, mathematics, economics, theoretical biology); sponsor international exchanges between researchers; provide assistance in the publication of papers and theses; help with the organisation or participation in symposiums or conferences; and directly finance certain research projects.