European Science Foundation (ESF)

The European Science Foundation (ESF) could be useful for funding for workshops, networking programmes, conferences and collaborative research. The ESF fund networking "activities" under three "pillars":

  • Science Strategy: Funds high level discussions such as science policy issues and exploratory workshops.
  • Science Synergy: Funds networking activities to advance scientific research.
  • Science Management: ESF also manages external programmes and takes a co-ordinating role in various EC-funded ERA-NETs.


To be eligible for ESF funding, you need to be eligible to apply to an ESF Member Organisation. These are 80 research funding organisations, research performing organisations and learned societies from 30 European countries. CERN is not an ESF Member Organisation.

Other researchers, including those from outside Europe, may be included, and even supported, notably in Conferences and Exploratory Workshops. Researchers with funding to participate provided by their national (or other) funding organisation, from anywhere in the world, are usually welcome to participate in ESF funded activities.

Calls & Funding

For details of the current ESF calls and funding, see the ESF website.

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