ESF has been given the opportunity by its Member Organisations to explore new directions for a possible successor organisation that could be self-supporting and financially viable without receiving contributions from its current members.
Over the last 40 years' of coordinating science and research networking programmes, ESF has built up a robust network and strong reputation in the international science community. It has also achieved a high level of expertise in science management. We are eager to explore opportunities where we can offer valued services to science and research in Europe.
Some of the activities which have already been identified as areas where there is a need for support are peer review services, for example for grant schemes and corporate Foundations, evaluation of institutes and research programmes, research conferences, developing more effective means for career tracking and measurement and managing important EU contracts such as MERIL (Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape).