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"Pan-Europeanisation" of Science

The European Science Foundation

Created in 1974, the European Science Foundation brings together 70 national research councils1, academies, and funding institutions and agencies for scientific research from 27 countries2, and it covers all areas of fundamental research. Acting as catalyst for developing research in Europe, the ESF provides opportunities for scientists and funding institutions to come together to discuss, coordinate, and put into action pan-European initiatives.
Aid to member organisations takes the form of European Collaborative Research programs (EUROCORE), exploratory workshops, networks, European Research Conferences (EURESCO) and ESF Scientific Programmes. The ESF also participates in joint studies of major topics of strategic importance to European science policies.
An independent institution, the ESF's 5.8 million euro budget is funded by members' dues, which are based on national income of a member's home country. The CNRS' contribution equals approximately half of the total French contribution (approximately 450 K€). Eurescos are co-financed by the ESF and the European Commission, while Eurocores and ESF Scientific Programmes are financed by the member organisations which wish to participate.
The ESF maintains close relations with scientific institutions from Europe and beyond. The true value of its activity lies in the collaboration and coordination transcending national programs that it sponsors, including generating expert opinion and consensus on strategic research policy matters.


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European Science Foundation
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67080 Strasbourg
E-mail: esf@esf.org

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