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ESF greets and welcomes you in Obergurgl !. ESF and its instruments ESF Conference “Quantum Engineering of States and Devices” Obergurgl , Austria, 5 - 10 June 2010. Dr. Aigars Ekers ESF-EUROCORES Coordinator PESC - Physical and Engineering Sciences Unit. Outline. What is ESF?

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ESF and its instruments

ESF Conference

“Quantum Engineering of States and Devices”

Obergurgl, Austria, 5 - 10 June 2010

Dr. Aigars Ekers


PESC - Physicaland Engineering Sciences Unit

  • Whatis ESF?
  • What are the ESF instruments?
esf in setting science agendas for europe
ESF in Setting Science Agendas for Europe

European Science Foundation provides a common platform to its Member Organisationsin order to:

  • advance European research
  • explore new directions for research at the European level

ESF’s purpose to serve the needs of European research community in a global context through a range of activities

ESF’s values: excellence, openness, responsiveness, pan-European, ethical awareness and human values.

esf member organisations
ESF Member Organisations

ESF is an independent association of 79 Member Organisations

 research funding organisations

 research performing organisations

 academies and learned societies

in 30 countries

about esf
About ESF
  • Established in 1974
  • Offices in Strasbourg, Brussels, Ostend
  • ESF budget: 58M€ in 2009 including COST
  • Staff: equivalent to 170 full time in 2009 including COST Office

ESF headquarters, Strasbourg

Marine Board, Ostend

Research Conferences Unit,15th floor and COST, 21st floor, Tour Generali, Brussels

esf covers all scientific domains
ESF covers all scientific domains

Standing Committee domains

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physical and Engineering Sciences

Expert Board/Committee domains

  • Marine Sciences
  • Polar Sciences
  • Space Sciences
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering

ESF Activities

Strategic Plan 2006-2010







Forward Looks

EUROCORES Research Programmes

Peer Reviewsupport

Science PolicyBriefings

Research Networking Programmes

Coordination ofEUROHORCsprojects



Coordination ofERA projects

Implementing agent for the COST office through EC contract

Member Organisation Fora

open calls for proposals
Open Calls for Proposals

ESF issues annual calls for proposals for:

  • Exploratory Workshops
  • Research Conferences
  • Research Networking Programmes
  • EUROCORES themes and projects

range of instruments funding available to researchers
Range of InstrumentsFunding available to researchers


1 m€


Funding level

100 k€



15 k€




Number of researchersper instrument

forward looks
Forward Looks
  • Medium to long-term scientific perspectives
  • Multidisciplinary topics viewed at a European level
  • Bring together scientists with policy makers
  • Wide consultation
  • Result in major reports and actionplans

science policy briefings
Science Policy Briefings
  • Address science policy issues of key concern to the ESF Member Organisations and the wider scientificcommunity
  • Draw on the advice and expertise of researchers
  • Provide consensus on strategy recommendations to policy makers

exploratory workshops
Exploratory Workshops
  • Small specialist ‘think-tank’ meetings
  • ‘Bottom-up’ topics based on open calls
  • To determine next necessary steps in the development of new topics
  • Should catalyse significant and/or strategic activities
  • 25-30 scientists involved
  • ESF grant per event: 15k€
  • Annual calls open beginning of March with deadline end of April

research networking programmes
Research Networking Programmes
  • Networking to enable major scientific endeavours over a four- to five-year period
  • Supported by Member Organisations according to interest
  • Typically include workshops, conferences,exchange visits, summer schools and dissemination
  • Can link to other initiatives, including the EC Framework Programme
  • Financing in the range of 100k€-130k€ per year
  • 6,500 participants per year in 45-50 programmes
  • For new programmes starting January 2012 call opens on July 1, 2010 with deadline on October 14

research conferences
Research Conferences
  • Cover the latest topics, proposed by the scientific community and aimed at its benefit
  • Stimulate dialogue between early-stage researchers and established scientists
  • Full organisational support by ESF conference organisers
  • 4-5 day events, 20-25 invited speakers, up to 120 selected participants
  • Grants of 20-60k€ per conference, including support earmarked for early-stage researchers
  • Conference Chairs select participants and may distribute grants to young researchers

research conferences1
Research Conferences

25-45 conferences per year in 10 scientific domains:

● Basic Science ● Global Change Research

● Biomedicine ● Humanities & Social Sciences

● Chemistry ● Life Sciences: Biology+

● Mathematics ● Environmental Sciences

● Global Health ● Physics/Biophysics & Environmental Sciences

Calls for 2012 conferences is open with deadline 15 September

eurocores european collaborative research programmes
EUROCORES(European Collaborative Research Programmes)
  • European-scale bottom-up collaborative research scheme in all scientific disciplines
  • Topics for new EUROCORES submitted by scientists, peer-reviewed and recommended by ESF standing committees
  • Topics with sufficient support from national funding agencies developed in new EUROCORES programmes in an open call procedure
  • Research funding remains national, networking & coordination via ESF
  • Typical EUROCORE: up to 80 research groups arranged in 5-15 collaborative research projects; budget 5–10M€ over 3 years
  • Annual calls for new topics (called Themes) open 1 March with deadlineend of May



Objective: to achieve major advances of cutting-edge topics and ensure a leading position of European research

Topics: bottom-up, all disciplines

Preconditions: hot topics and critical mass of researchers to achieve a breakthrough

Selection criteria: scientific quality, strategic importance

Mechanism: synchronous launch of national projects; reinforced collaboration and networking











eurocores structure in ideal case a complete graph
EUROCORES structure(in ideal case a complete graph)

Individual researchgroups nationalfunding

Research and networkingactivitieswithinCRPs individual projectbudget

Programmecoordination and networkingacrosstheCRPs ESF (programme N&C budget)








EUROCORES-widenetworking:conferences, workshops, schools,

exchangevisits, dissemination

esf wishes you a productive event and welcomes future applications
ESF wishes you a productive event


welcomes future applications!