European Research Council (ERC)

The mission of the European Research Council is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe, such as those of the national research funding agencies. Being ‘investigator-driven’, or ‘bottom-up’, in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. The ERC’s governing body is its Scientific Council, currently made up of 22 people, including 8 members from the Academia Europaea.


Science Europe

Science Europe is an association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), based in Brussels. Science Europe promotes the collective interests of the Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations of Europe. It supports its Member Organisations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) through its direct engagement with key partners. In doing so it will be informed by direct representation of all scientific communities in its reflections on policies, priorities and strategies.


 European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

The European Academies Science Advisory Council is formed by the national science academies of the EU Member States to enable them to collaborate with each other in providing advice to European policy-makers. Its mission reflects the view of academies that science is central to many aspects of modern life and that an appreciation of the scientific dimension is a pre-requisite to wise policy-making. With the growing importance of the European Union as an arena for policy, national academies recognise that the scope of their advisory functions needs to extend beyond the national to cover also the European level. The Academia Europaea is a founding member of EASAC, and has a representative in the Council.