Dr. Nina Hoffman, Humanities and Social Sciences Unit,
European
Science
About
the EuropeanFoundation
Science Foundation
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ESF Member Organisations
ESF is an independent
association of 72 Member
Organisations
● research funding organisations
● research performing organisations
● academies and learned societies
in 30 countries
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About the European Science Foundation
A time of change
At the moment ESF is in a period of transition and is
currently developing a multiannual plan which will be
presented in 2012.
It is continuing discussions with its Member Organisations
and the recently launched Science Europe to define future
roles and activities.
In the meantime, ESF’s existing commitments will be
unaffected by these developments.
Updates regarding ESF developments and activities are
available on our website:
http://www.esf.org/about-esf/latest-esf-developments.html
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About the European Science Foundation
ESF covers all scientific domains
Standing Committee domains
● Humanities
● Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences
● Medical Sciences
● Physical and Engineering Sciences
● Social Sciences
Expert Board/Committee domains
● Marine Sciences
● Materials Science and Engineering
● Nuclear Physics
● Polar Sciences
● Radio Astronomy
● Space Sciences
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About the European Science Foundation
Current ESF Activities
SCIENCE
STRATEGY
Forsight and advice
(e.g. Science Policy
Briefings, Forward
Looks)
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SCIENCE
SYNERGY
Supporting networking
and collaboration
(e. g. EUROCORES –
European Collaborative
Research Programmes)
About the European Science Foundation
SCIENCE
MANAGEMENT
Peer Review
support
Coordination of
EC projects
Implementing agent
for COST through EC
contract
SCIENCE
SYNERGY
EUROCORES: European Collaborative Research Programmes
Collaborative Research
•Multi-national research projects
•European competition
fragmented
research strengths
new, integrated
knowledge
Funding agencies join forces
•Funding remains national
•ESF ensures quality control
A EUROCORES programme typically involves
•10-20 participating countries
•a research budget of ca. 5 M€
•a running time of 3 years
•interdisciplinary teams
As from 2003, the ESF managed over 55
EUROCORES programmes, with a research
budget of approx. 250 Million Euros from more
than 65 funding organisations in Europe, US and
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Canada
EUROCORES Programmes Examples
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The Origin of Man, Language and Languages (2003-2006)
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Histories from the North – environments, movements,
narratives (BOREAS)(2006-2009)
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The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading (2007-2010)
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Modelling intelligent interaction - Logic in the Humanities,
Social and Computational sciences (2008-2011)
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Understanding and Misunderstanding: Cognition,
Communication and Culture (2010-2013)
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ESF and HERA
• ESF is partner in the HERA Network since the launch of
the Network in 2004. HERA mission statement:
"Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a network
of national funding agencies and the European Science
Foundation (ESF) committed to leading and developing funding
opportunities for humanities researchers in Europe, and sharing
excellence in research management practices and outcomes."
• ESF also acts as a Handling Agency for the HERA Joint
Research Programmes launched in 2009 and 2012.
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About the European Science Foundation
www.esf.org
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About the European Science Foundation
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