Recent Developments

2016 marks a new direction for ESF. After 40 years of success in stimulating European research through its networking, funding and coordination activities, ESF is now a services-based organisation that will continue to contribute to the European Research Area (ERA) through its expert division, Science Connect.

Science Connect will be dedicated to providing practical and interdisciplinary support services to the science community and science stakeholders in Europe. Building on ESF’s extensive network and experience, Science Connect will deliver expert resources, tools and metrics to support the effective administration of science projects in both the private and public research sector.

ESF will continue to host Five Expert Boards and Committees  that provide in-depth and focused scientific expertise in selected disciplines.

ESF-Science Connect is able to provide expert reviews for specific competitive calls or full-scale call management across all scientific domains, building upon its integrity and independence, strong experience and know-how, and wide support from a network of independent highly-skilled reviewers. At the same time, it is developing its activities to become a high-quality international evaluation service provider, providing excellence in research, development and innovation. It connects evaluation with strategy and process improvement - implementing lessons from evaluation in practice and helping to apply them. The brochure Serving and Strengthening Science provides an overview of these activities.

Its 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 would be happy to continue to support research networking, but funding networking is outside its current capacity.