Collaboration Activities

Collaboration with the US National Science Foundation (NSF)

The principal aim of ESF is to foster scientific collaboration in Europe. At the same time, the involvement of scientists from other parts of the World is welcomed for mutual benefit and collaboration between European scientists and their American colleagues is frequently proposed.

This may occur in a more formal setting between ESF and the US National Science Foundation, through special joint workshops, of which an example was the joint ESF/NSF Workshop. Alternatively, as it is often the case, American researchers are proposed as individual active members of European Science. Other than in medical sciences or the humanities where the ESF has links to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities most of the American scientists will look to NSF for support.

In order to develop the mutual benefit deriving from trans-Atlantic collaboration, the NSF and ESF have agreed that U.S researchers may participate in Exploratory Workshops. NSF has had long-standing policies and programmes to encourage international collaboration. In that context, NSF considers proposals from U.S investigators who have been invited to collaborate in ESF-funded activities since ESF funds will support only European participants. Potential U.S participants in ESF-funded activities must have an invitation from the coordinators of the activity.

For further information on methods of NSF support please visit the NSF Europe web-site.