Since 2013 the Centre is directed by Brigid Laffan. By then, the Centre had become a large hub of different programmes and projects, such as the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, the European Union Democracy Observatory, the Florence School of Regulation, the Global Governance Programme, and the Migration Policy Centre.
The Centre had also become the home of a number of highly competitive ERC projects; in 2014 for instance it hosted one starting ERC grant and four senior advanced grants. The Florence School of Banking and Finance was created in 2016 as well as the MEDirections Programme. Finally, the new European Governance and Politics Programme joined the Schuman family in 2018.
The Schuman Centre has four well-established fellowship programmes: the Jean Monnet Fellows, the Max Weber Fellows, the Robert Schuman Fellows, and the EU Fellows from the European Parliament, the Commission, and the External Action Service, intended to attract outstanding scholars and practitioners who wish to pursue their research interests and enrich the academic community. In addition, the Centre has also become an attractive environment for Marie Curie Fellows.
While academic conferences and workshops continue to regularly take place at the Robert Schuman Centre, high-level policy dialogue and executive training have also become main channels of engagement with practitioners. The dissemination of research output and an increased visibility of the different activities of the Centre also became a priority under Brigid Laffan’s direction. In 2018-19 the Robert Schuman Centre obtained several new EU-funded projects and reached a new record in terms of external funding.
The Schuman Centre started as a modest enterprise of five people and in 2019 it was home to almost 200 people between academic and administrative staff.