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European Science Foundation

Postal Address: European Science Foundation (ESF) 1 Quai Lezay Marnesia 67000 Strasbourg, France
Phone number: 03 88 76 71 00
Organisation Type: Research Management
Organisation summary: The establishment of the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg in 1974 was one of the earliest milestones on the road to achieving real cooperation in European research. The ESF began life with a membership of 42 academies and research councils in 15 countries; in 2012 it counts 72 Member Organisations (MOs), including research funding organisations, research performing organisations, academies and learned societies, in 30 countries. As an independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to pan-European scientific networking and collaboration, the ESF has had a key role to play in mediating between a multitude of heterogeneous research cultures and agencies. The ESF hosts an array of instruments to accommodate various types and levels of international collaboration, within Europe and beyond. The ESF’s unique characteristic in this area is its responsiveness to the scientific community, in contrast with the more targeted approaches taken by the European Commission. Many of the instruments operated by the ESF, e.g. Exploratory Workshops, EUROCORES (European Collaborative Research scheme), Research Networking Programmes (RNPs) and ESF Research Conferences, are designed to respond to needs articulated by the research community. Open calls for proposals are published on an annual basis, so that the themes for programmes, networks and workshops are gathered from the research community, in line with the ESF’s bottom-up principles. This is particularly welcome in research areas which might not otherwise be prioritised for funding on an international level. In recent years, the ESF’s profile has shifted from being mainly a facilitator of collaborative research and networking to also providing a platform for Member Organisations to develop joint strategic operations and synergy among themselves. By influencing the strategic agendas of MOs in this way, greater leverage over a much larger European budget and agenda is achieved. In other words, the ESF maximises the impact of its support to the research community by combining bottom-up and topdown approaches to scientific cooperation.
Funding organisation: Yes

Funding types: University departments or institutions, Group of researchers
Agency types: Topic based
Funding sources: Government & Research & Development Departments
Geographic area: European Region/Funding

Riche Classification

Demography: All ,
Child Related Topics: Research involving direct participation of children , Research carried out by children , Research projects using children as subjects , Family type , Children’s rights in hospital , Health care involving children , Medical doctors , Multi-disciplinary researchers , Midwives , Nursing care , Other health workers , Household data , Education professionals , Police , Law enforcement , Lawyers , Penalties and Punishments , Individuals working in the Criminal Justice system , Courts systems , Family courts , Research on children - methodological research ,
Health issues, determinants and measures: Population , Mortality , Fertility , Economic data , Information , Indicators , Lifestyle indicators , Social determinants , Special situations: , Economics, finance and industry , Environment , Psychological determinants , Education, employment and skills , Mortality data , Life expectancy data , Morbidity , Risk assessment , Prevention , Analytical, Diagnostic and therapeutic Techniques and Equipment , Medicines , Health care resources , Health care utilization and expenditure , Health policy , Health Security , The eye, ear and related structures , Vision and Eye , Ear , Eye , Structures involved in voice and speech , Structures related to the digestive metabolic and endocrine systems , Metabolic and Endocrine (HCRS) , Oral and Gastrointestinal , Structures related to the genitourinary and reproductive systems , Reproductive Health and Childbirth , Structures related to movement , Musculoskeletal , Skin and related structures , Skin , Structures of the cardiovascular, immunological and respiratory systems , Blood Cardiovascular , Inflammatory and Immune System Respiratory , Education, employment and skills ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Systematic reviews , Randomised controlled trial , Cohort incidence study , Case/control study , Longitudinal study - cohort, trend, panel , Survey research , Secondary analysis of statistics , Evaluation research - of policy or of practice, interventions. , Comparative studies , Municipality or community , Province or Region , Selected representative localities within a country , National , Selected European countries , EU Europe (including EEA) , Geographical Europe , Data collection , Indicators , Policy document ,