ESF Today

With 40 years’ experience in all areas of research, the European Science Foundation (ESF) was originally set up to act as a coordinating body for Europe’s main research funding and research performing organisations. But as the research landscape has evolved, so has ESF’s role in supporting scientific endeavours.

ESF’s traditional research support activities (EUROCORES, European Collaborative Research Projects, Exploratory Workshops, Research Networking Programmes) have been wound down and archives transferred to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence, Italy. Resulting publications may still be downloaded from the ESF website.

ESF is now a services-based organisation that continues to contribute to the European Research Area (ERA). It is building on core strengths developed in peer review, evaluation and project management services and continues to host five Expert Boards and Committees  that provide in-depth and focused scientific expertise in selected disciplines.

We are taking on this new endeavour with a commitment to high quality for our Member Organisations and the science community to provide valued services to Europe and beyond.