How research policies must adapt: association launches new Strategy Plan 2021-2026 and Multi-annual Action Plan 2021-2026.
In a globalised research ecosystem, collaboration is key. This collaboration also brings challenges linked to the diversity of scientific and legal environments. Science Europe supports the development of improved mechanisms to support cross-border collaboration and contributes to the development of international dialogue on the topic.
Why does cross-border collaboration matter?
Knowledge and its production are not bound by national borders. In an increasingly complex and interconnected global scientific ecosystem, effective collaboration is key to push the frontiers of knowledge and innovation, maximise its economic and societal impact, and strengthen the attractiveness of Europe as a research and innovation hub.
Science Europe Member Organisations share an ambition to support excellent science and a competitive Europe in the world landscape. They collaborate to allow their research communities to work in the most productive national and international configurations, in order to address research challenges but also to support less research intensive regions.
What are the current priorities?
Science Europe works to foster cross-border collaboration within and beyond Europe while reducing the administrative burden for researchers. To this end, sufficient funding and appropriate tools are needed for researchers that collaborate across borders in diverse scientific and legal environments.
Cross-border collaboration also involves a degree of interoperability. Collaborative schemes must favour common approaches based on mutual trust and understanding between organisations.
Dialogue at global level, including the sharing of data and best practices, is also fundamental for high-quality collaboration among research organisations worldwide.
What is Science Europe doing to achieve these aims?
Science Europe Member Organisations collaborate to design new strategies and develop mechanisms for increased and more effective collaboration within and outside of European borders. In this context, Science Europe supported 12 of its members in the development of Weave, a cross-European initiative to fund and support excellent international research projects.
Elsewhere, Science Europe provides its Member Organisations with a platform to exchange knowledge and practices to continuously improve the tools available for collaboration, and develop solutions to challenges faced by national research communities. It also seeks to promote international cooperation between researchers through the organisation of Sino-European networking workshops on COVID-19.
Science Europe is also an active voice in the international research community. It contributes to the active European involvement in the Global Research Council and participates in discussions designed to find common understanding on topics of specific importance for research and researchers across the world.
|Austria||Austrian Science Fund||FWF||Reinhard Belocky|
|Belgium||Fund for Scientific Research||FRS-FNRS||Joël Groeneveld|
|Belgium||Research Foundation Flanders||FWO||Olivier Boehme|
|Belgium||Research Foundation Flanders||FWO||Isabelle Verbaeys|
|Croatia||Croatian Science Foundation||HRZZ||Jasminka Boljević|
|Croatia||Croatian Science Foundation||HRZZ||Kristina Kotiščak|
|Czech Republic||Czech Science Foundation||GAČR||Zuzana Naylon|
|Finland||Academy of Finland||AKA||Johanna Hakala|
|France||French National Research Agency||ANR||Nakita Vodjdani|
|Germany||German Research Foundation||DFG||Myriam Poll|
|Germany||German Research Foundation||DFG||Michael Moessle|
|Germany||Max Planck Society||MPG||Felix Kahle|
|Ireland||Health Research Board||HRB||Mairead O’Driscoll|
|Luxembourg||National Research Fund||FNR||Helena Burg|
|Netherlands||Dutch Research Council||NWO||Sebastiaan den Bak|
|Norway||Research Council of Norway||RCN||Eivind Hovden|
|Norway||Research Council of Norway||RCN||Kristin Danielsen|
|Poland||Foundation for Polish Science||FNP||Maria Pawłowska|
|Poland||National Science Centre Poland||NCN||Justyna Woźniakowska|
|Sweden||Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development||FORMAS||Katarina Nordqvist|
|Sweden||Swedish Research Council||VR||Johan Lindell|
|Switzerland||Swiss National Science Foundation||SNSF||Dominique Lazo-Flores|
|Switzerland||Swiss National Science Foundation||SNSF||Jean-Luc Barras|
|United Kingdom||UK Research and Innovation||UKRI||Paul Wiley|
The Global Research Council (GRC) 2021 Annual Meeting, hosted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa, took place remotely between 24 and 28 May 2021. It was preceded by the regional events and meetings of the various GRC groups.
The Science Europe Strategy Plan comes at a crucial time for European Research an Innovation (R&I) and includes an updated vision, mission, values, and set of strategic priorities for the association. It supports its Member Organisation in their mission to create world-class scientific knowledge, delivering more benefit for our societies.
This Multi-annual Action Plan proposes a series of framework actions to guide the implementation of the Science Europe Strategy Plan 2021–2026 in line with the association's updated vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.
On 20 May, the European participants of the Global Research Council (GRC) re-elected Professor Katja Becker, President of the German Research Foundation, to represent them in the GRC Governing Board.
The year 2020 saw a global pandemic attest to the value of science. In the race for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, Science Europe’s Member Organisations were at the forefront of the global response and our association became more relevant and important than ever.
Twelve Science Europe members launch Weave, a cross-European initiative to fund and support excellent international research projects. It is the first time that such a large number of funders develop an initiative to facilitate structured bilateral and trilateral scientific cooperation.
The outbreak of coronavirus in early 2020 shifted the organisation and hosting of the foreseen Global Research Council (GRC) meetings to 2021. Additionally, a series of virtual GRC regional seminars on COVID-19 was programmed for autumn and winter. The seminar for the European region was co-hosted by Science Europe and the German Research Foundation (DFG) on 14 January 2021.
The 2017 Science Europe Symposium took place in Brussels, Belgium. The topic was 'Science Without Borders'.
This report explores the challenges facing research funding and performing organisations to design and manage balanced Research Infrastructure (RI) portfolios and design effective cross-border collaborations when setting up and running joint RIs. Discussions with a broad range of stakeholders took place at a dedicated workshop co-hosted by Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board.