Science Europe

Policy at Science Europe

The Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations that make up Science Europe share a common mission: to fund and perform excellent research in a world where scientific communities are less and less shaped by national borders. They also share the responsibility of managing a substantial proportion of national public research investments in Europe.

This shared mission and responsibility means that members have a major impact in shaping public research policy across Europe and the world. Collaboration between them is therefore important to ensure a strong and effective research system for Europe.

Science Europe was established by its members to act as a platform to share experience and practice, develop and deploy collective strategies to face their common challenges, as well as to speak with one voice to other science policy stakeholders, such as European and national institutions, where it is relevant to do so.

The Science Europe Roadmap, approved by the General Assembly on 21 November 2013, provides the strategic vision and basis for the collaboration on policy issues. It identifies objectives in key Priority Action Areas, where increased collaboration can produce significant beneficial impact on the European research system.


In 2009, European public research organisations – based on a long tradition of co-operation – released the 'Vision on a Globally Competitive ERA and their Road Map for Actions', jointly developed by the members of the European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCs) and the European Science Foundation (ESF). That vision led to substantial progress in a wide range of science policy areas, and the Science Europe Roadmap builds on this progress.

Specific Working Groups have been created in order to make recommendations for the implementation of policies layed out in the Roadmap.

Policy Priorities

Science Europe as a policy platform for major Research Performing and Research Funding Organisations in Europe harnesses the extensive experience and knowledge of its members in science policy issues with two main priorities: enhancing opportunities for collaboration between national Public Research Organisations, and contributing to the continuous development of research policy in Europe.

Science Europe policy activities respond to the need for a common effort towards the establishment of a European Research Area (ERA). Science Europe sees ERA as a dynamic, creative, flexible and evolving space within which researchers, ideas and knowledge circulate freely and respond to society’s challenges (see also Science Europe Statement on ERA). In 2012 Science Europe together with other stakeholder organisations and the European Commission established the ERA platform to work in partnership and develop ERA policy. This partnership approach was renewed in December 2013 with a Joint Declaration.

Science Europe also contributes to global debate on science policy, through its roles in the Global Research Council (GRC), including co-ordination of its European chapter and participation in its Board.


(10 March 2014) On 5 March the Faroese Research Council adopted Science Europe Principles for the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications.

(19 February 2014) Science Europe together with CESAER and NordForsk, is organising a session on 'The ERA Partnership as backbone of the European innovation eco-system(s)', at the
forthcoming EC Innovation Convention (10 March from 14:00 to 15:15).

(13 February 2014) Open Letter by the Science Europe Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences urging the social sciences communities to seize the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020.

(29 January 2014) Science Europe Medical Scientific Committee signs a joint call to the EU institutions to 'Protect health and scientific research in the Data Protection Regulation'.

(13 December 2013) Joint commitment to achieving ERA reaffirmed - The European Commission and organisations representing key research organisations and funding bodies, including Science Europe, have today reaffirmed their joint commitment to ERA. See the full Press Release

(3 December 2013) The presentations given at the European regional meeting in preparation of the Global Research Council 2014, held in Paris on 30 October, are now available

(18 November 2013) 'Open Access Opportunities for the Humanities' - an Opinion Paper from the Humanities Scientific Committee, accompanied by a Press Release

(20 September 2013) Just published: 'Humanities in the Societal Challenges - 12 Compelling Cases for Policymakers'

(12 September 2013) European and US Research Collaboration and Mobility Patterns: Science Europe and Elsevier Release Comprehensive Study - See Press Release and the Full Report


The Practical Guide to Three Approaches to Cross-border Collaboration has just been published (30 January 2014)

Science Europe Roadmap is available.