Science Europe is the European association representing the interests of major public research performing and research funding organisations.
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Science Europe is the association representing major public organisations that fund or perform excellent, ground-breaking scientific research in Europe.
We bring together the expertise of some of the largest and best-known research organisations in the world to jointly push the frontiers of how scientific research is produced and delivers benefits to society.
We advocate for science and the scientific community to help build the European Research Area and shape the global scientific agenda.
Our 36 members from 27 European countries bring together national research funding agencies and prominent research performing organisations. They are among Europe’s major players in public research funding. Together they spend over €18 billion on research each year.
Our members work with the Science Europe Office to leverage their collective expertise to shape the best possible conditions and policies for scientific research.
The Science Europe Governing Board is the senior body of elected members who is entrusted by the General Assembly to define, guide, and monitor the strategic direction of the association. It consists of at least nine Heads of Science Europe's Member Organisations, including a President and two Vice-Presidents.
Governing Board members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years.
The Science Europe Office identifies and coordinates activities to increase the collective influence and visibility of the association in Europe and globally.
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Many research organisations, including Science Europe's Member Organisations, have launched or are launching calls and initiatives to deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This section provides an overview of the activities that in particular Science Europe Member Organisations are involved in. It will be regularly updated with new activities and resources.
Many research funding organisations have opened specific calls to fund research that aims to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes funding for research aimed directly at combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting COVID-19 disease, but also for research into the societal and economic effects of the pandemic.
This page was most recently updated on 26 May 2020.
Aside from launching research calls, Science Europe's Member Organisations are also involved in several other activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of these include running research projects directly, openly sharing research data and facilities, and providing information to the public. An overview of such initiatives is below.
This page was most recently updated on 29 May 2020.
Many organisations around the world have set up public sources of information on COVID-19, of relevant research results, or of ongoing activities to address the pandemic and its consequences.
This page presents an overview of resources to further information and initiatives that are currently ongoing from Europe and beyond.
This page was most recently updated on 15 May 2020.
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is an essential tool to boost excellent research and innovation and foster collaboration at European level. Science Europe actively promotes its vision for an ambitious programme that will help develop excellence throughout the European Research Area.
Tools and proxies used for research assessment, such as publications in high-impact journals, need to be diversified, to better identify high-quality research and researchers. Science Europe works to ensure that scholarly quality remains the core principle underpinning all evaluation processes.
Science Europe supports Open Access, the principle and practice of providing free online access to scholarly publications. The association has established its very own set of common principles that will facilitate a smooth transition from subscription to Open Access. Science Europe has also been instrumental in developing and promoting Plan S.
Sharing and re-use of research data are essential to verify research findings and foster new research. Science Europe promotes data sharing by working on the alignment of research data management policies and practices, and supports researchers with clear guidance.
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.
The Money follows Researcher initiative is a voluntary effort by a set of European research organisations to enable portability of the research funding that they provide. Its objective is to avoid disruption of projects and to ensure continuity of funding when researchers move across borders within Europe.
Research Infrastructures (RIs) are facilities, resources, and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research. The majority of funding for RI construction and operation is granted at national level, hence a co-ordinated development of future policies and funding schemes is crucial to improve efficiency.
Data-related legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI Directive), and the Regulation on the Free Flow of Non-personal Data needs to reflect the practices and needs of researchers and provide legal certainty for their activities.
Researchers who use cutting-edge digital technologies such as text and data mining (TDM) need to be able to do so without legal uncertainties even when working in collaborative projects with private partners. Science Europe worked to ensure that the new European copyright legislation takes their needs into account.
Gender equality and diversity are essential components of scientific quality. Science Europe works to promote a research ecosystem where all scholars can realise their potential regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, ethnic origin, or social background.
Responsible and evidence-based research and ethical behaviour are indispensable to ensure the reliability of research results. They are also essential factors to ensure public trust in research. Enhanced research integrity policies can significantly contribute to a well-functioning research environment.
Science Europe is dedicated to improving the career systems in Europe in order to attract the best and most creative minds to a research career and to provide them with a nurturing environment that helps them to develop their capabilities.
Scientific research using animals allows for crucial scientific progress as it leads to greater understanding and permits us to fight diseases. To ensure the best possible animal welfare, while fostering progress in research, Science Europe supports the implementation of the 3Rs: the replacement, reduction, and refinement of the use of animals for scientific purposes.