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Research Conferences

Fostering collaboration across disciplines and generations

The ESF Research Conferences Scheme provides the opportunity for leading scientists and young researchers to meet for discussions on the most recent developments in their fields of research. It acts as a catalyst for creating new synergistic contacts throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

It develops principally through the establishment of long-term partnerships between the ESF and national and international organisations, including universities. Each partnership funds a series of conferences which focuses on the same topical area and takes place at a recurring venue. Individual conference topics are either selected by ESF and its partners, taking into account their strategic interests, or are generated through an open call for proposals announced at the beginning of each year.

ESF’s ambition is to create a clear ‘brand name’ for the conferences and a predictable relation for the scientific community, by linking each venue to a certain disciplinary area.

ESF Research Conferences are open to scientists world-wide, whether from academia or industry. Conferences may be single events, or series, usually with a biennial meeting focusing on specific aspects of the same general topic. Topics are at the forefront of scientific research and interdisciplinary when appropriate.

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ECRP (European Collaborative Research Projects)

Please note that there will be no ECRP Call in 2011.

Please click on the following links for more information on the cancellation of funding calls and ESF-EUROHORCS developments.



The European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRP) scheme was established to promote investigator-driven, multinational collaborative research in the social sciences in Europe and beyond. ECRP operates in the responsive-mode and its annual Call for Proposals is open to applications in all fields of the social sciences. The scheme offers opportunities to test innovative ideas, pool expertise and strengthen research capacity in line with the objectives of the European Research Area. Researchers may collaborate across participating countries on any subject which demonstrates a need for international cooperation, while the funding remains at a national level.

ECRP has a one-stage application procedure and a two-stage international peer review process coordinated by ESF which sets a high quality benchmark for the funded proposals. The Call for Proposals is published in January each year. Projects are generally supported for three to five years, depending on national rules, and some centralised funding is provided by the national funding organisations to support additional dissemination and capacity-building activities once the projects are running. 


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Exploratory Workshops

Each year, ESF supports approximately 50 Exploratory Workshops across all scientific domains.

These small, interactive output oriented meetings are aimed at opening up new directions in research to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. The workshops, which usually last 1-3 days, have a wide participation from across Europe and involve mature scientists as well as young, independent researchers and scholars with leadership potential. The relatively small scale (in terms of people involved) provides an ideal platform for focus on the topic and for all participants to contribute to discussions and plan follow-up collaborative work.


Full list for EW to be held in 2012 in chronological order

Scientific Reports on workshops held in:



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EUROCORES (European Collaborative Research Projects)

The EUROCORES (European Collaborative Research) Scheme is a unique framework offered by the European Science Foundation (ESF) to promote collaborative research, networking and dissemination while targeting broad and complex topics of research across all scientific domains at the European level and in a global context.
The research funding as well as funding for coordination and networking come from national funding organisations, but the thrusts are not nationally or strategically driven but rather researcher lead and in consultation with the participating funding organisations. We are working to promote and stimulate European collaborative research which is of the highest quality, innovative and investigator driven, in and across all scientific areas.

EUROCORES enables researchers to work in joint research projects with colleagues in other European countries and beyond, whilst the funding remains national. The EUROCORES Programmes within the scheme address research questions which require cooperation crossing national borders and disciplinary boundaries. The high quality international peer review operated by ESF, which is the basis for the national funding decisions, creates a quality bench mark for national research projects.


Please note that there will not be any Calls for Outline Proposals in 2011.

Since the level of financial commitments expressed by the ESF Member Organisations did not reach the required viability threshold for the five themes selected in 2010 for launch in 2011, namely EuroCompMath, EuroTROP, EuroACSIS, EuroLGBT and OMEGA, the development of the five themes is discontinued. The resulting calls for outline proposals will therefore not be launched. Moreover,

Please note that there will not be a Call for EUROCORES Themes in 2011.

This decision was taken in the context of the current discussions between ESF and EUROHORCS (European Heads of Research Councils) about the ways in which their relationship could be better developed to serve European science:



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About EUROCORES (Video Presentation)









EUROCORES Themes are "bottom-up" proposals for the creation of new collaborative research programmes dealing with broad and complex topics which are best addressed through multinational cooperation. Through its annual call for theme proposals, ESF solicits new ideas from the scientific community with a view to creating large-scale European Collaborative Research (EUROCORES) programmes in and across all scientific domains.

Please note that there will not be a Call for EUROCORES Themes in 2011.

This decision was taken in the context of the current discussions between ESF and EUROHORCS (European Heads of Research Councils) about the ways in which their relationship could be better developed to serve European science:


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Reseach Networking Programmes

Research Networking Programmes (RNPs) lay the foundation for nationally funded research groups to address major scientific and research infrastructure issues, in order to advance the frontiers of existing science. These long-term programmes, subject to selection through an open call and an international peer review process, must deal with high-quality science and demonstrate the added value of being carried out at the European level. 


ESF is currently streamlining its activities to be in line with the needs of its Member Organisations. During this process, there are no plans to launch a Call for RNP proposals in 2011.

Guidelines and procedures for ESF Research Networking Programmes (here)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
All Current Research Networking Programmes (here)