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1 About the European Science Foundation 1 Dr. Nina Hoffman, Humanities and Social Sciences Unit, European Science Foundation

2 2 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 About the European Science Foundation

3 3 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 It is continuing discussions with its Member Organisations and the recently launched Science Europe to define future roles and activities. In the meantime, ESFs existing commitments will be unaffected by these developments. Updates regarding ESF developments and activities are available on our website:

4 4 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 PhysicsPolar Sciences Radio Astronomy Space Sciences About the European Science Foundation

5 5 Forsight and advice (e.g. Science Policy Briefings, Forward Looks) Forsight and advice (e.g. Science Policy Briefings, Forward Looks) Coordination of EC projects Peer Review support Current ESF Activities SCIENCE STRATEGY SCIENCE SYNERGY SCIENCE MANAGEMENT About the European Science Foundation Implementing agent for COST through EC contract Supporting networking and collaboration (e. g. EUROCORES – European Collaborative Research Programmes) Supporting networking and collaboration (e. g. EUROCORES – European Collaborative Research Programmes)

6 fragmented research strengths new, integrated knowledge Collaborative Research Multi-national research projects European competition Funding agencies join forces Funding remains national ESF ensures quality control A EUROCORES programme typically involves 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 Canada 6 SCIENCE SYNERGY EUROCORES: European Collaborative Research Programmes

7 EUROCORES Programmes - Examples The Origin of Man, Language and Languages ( ) Histories from the North – environments, movements, narratives (BOREAS)( ) The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading ( ) Modelling intelligent interaction - Logic in the Humanities, Social and Computational sciences ( ) Understanding and Misunderstanding: Cognition, Communication and Culture ( ) 7

8 ESF and HERA ESF is partner in the HERA Network since the launch of the Network in 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 About the European Science Foundation 8

9 9 About the European Science Foundation


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