Over the past years the ESF has developed a significantly strong expertise in project proposal development, project management and project coordination. These projects are funded either by the European Commission, or through various other entities and supra-national bodies (e.g. European Space Agency). At the EU-EC level, and apart from the COST contract, ESF has been involved as a key partner or Coordinator in several successful proposals within FP6 and FP7. In most cases, representatives from various segments of the scientific community came to ESF to ask for coordination and/or project management support. When engaging in such contractual activities, we ensure that there is a clear separation between the contracted activities and the traditional statutory ESF activities and mandate, and policy guidelines defined by or through our Member Organisations. The ESF office offers its key expertise and know-how to scientific consortia set up for these projects in the areas of, e.g. proposal writing, financial and human resources management, networking, programme coordination, conference organisation and consensus-building.
MERIL: Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape
Life, Environmental and Polar Sciences