The European Science Foundation (ESF) acts as a catalyst for the development of science
by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement
pan-European scientific and science policy initiatives.
The European Science Foundation, ESF, is the association of 76 major national funding agencies devoted to scientific research in 30 countries. It represents all disciplines: physical and engineering sciences, life and environmental sciences, medical sciences, humanities and social sciences. The Foundation assists its Member Organisations in two main ways: by bringing scientists together in its scientific programmes, EUROCORES, forward looks, networks and European research conferences, to work on topics of common concern; and through the joint study of issues of strategic importance in European science policy.
It maintains close relations with other scientific institutions within and outside Europe. By its activities, the ESF adds value by cooperation and coordination across national frontiers and endeavours, offers expert scientific advice on strategic issues, and provides the European forum for science.