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.


(27 June 2014) Just published: Opinion Paper on 'Career Paths in Multidisciplinary Research', by the Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences Committee 

(28 May 2014) International Progress towards Open Access and Harmonised Scientific Careers at the Global Research Council - Science Europe – ANR Press Release

(20 May 2014) The General Assembly of Science Europe has unanimously elected Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), as the next President of Science Europe. See the full Press Release

(22 April 2014) the Committees for the the Humanities and the Social Sciences sent a letter to the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, on the integration of SSH in all Societal Challenges.

(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'.


New brochure highlights key research priorities aiming at improving the world’s resilience to future impacts of global environmental change (May 2014)

Science Europe Roadmap is available.