The European Science Foundation (ESF) is an independent, non-governmental organisation, the members of which are 78 national funding agencies, research performing agencies, academies and learned societies from 30 countries.

The strength of ESF lies in its influential membership and in its ability to bring together the different domains of European science in order to meet the challenges of the future.

Since its establishment in 1974, ESF, which has its headquarters in Strasbourg with offices in Brussels and Ostend, has assembled a host of organisations that span all disciplines of science, to create a common platform for cross-border cooperation in Europe.

ESF is dedicated to promoting collaboration in scientific research, funding of research and science policy across Europe. Through its activities and instruments ESF has made major contributions to science in a global context. ESF covers the following scientific domains:

  • Humanities
  • Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Marine Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Polar Sciences
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Space Sciences


ESF Liaison of the EHPS-NET

Mr Etienne Franchineau - Science

Ms Chantal Durant - Administration


Guidelines for ESF Research Networking Programmes (RNPs)