European coordination



The European Science Foundation (ESF) was established in 1974 as a common platform in which members work to further European research and explore new horizons of science at a European level. With its activity, it serves the needs of the European scientific community in a global setting and promotes scientific excellence.

It currently has 79 members, including funding organisations, academies and scientific societies, from 30 countries. It is an independent, non-governmental platform with proven experience in managing collaborative research worldwide and in creating international research strategies. The ESF facilitates and channels scientific collaboration among its members through networks and other strategic tools, particularly emphasising interdisciplinary research. Some of its programmes receive funding from the European Commission through the Framework Programme. In the European Projects Office can provide further information on this foundation.

The ESF provides and manages the scientific, technical and administrative secretariat of the European programme COST.


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