The CRM was founded by Prof. Manuel Castellet in 1984 as a centre of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC, the Catalan Academy), in the premises of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2002 the CRM became a consortium between the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Catalan Government), represented by its Department of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise (DIUE) and the IEC. For further information about the CRM Consortium, click here.

The CRM belongs to the CERCA Agency of research centres sponsored by the Catalan Government.

The CRM is a member of ERCOM (European Research Centres in Mathematics), a committee of the European Mathematical Society, together with other European centres of a similar shape. It is also a member of the EPDI (European Postdoctoral Institute) for the promotion of postdoctoral mobility.

In the period 2007-2011, the CRM is a node of the del Ingenio Mathematica project, of the Consolider Ingenio 2010 programme of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN).