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European Science Foundation

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The European Science Foundation (ESF) was established in 1974 with the core purpose of promoting high quality science and scholarship at a European level. It is an association of 80 member organisations devoted to research in 30 European countries. In Ireland, the HRB, SFI, and IRC are members of the ESF. A key objective of the ESF is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration in European science and scholarship on behalf of its principal stakeholders (Member Organisations and Europe's scientific community).  Such collaborations include the formulation of Policy Briefings, Forward Looks and Guidelines and Codes of Practice on a range of topics of interest to stakeholders. 

An important mechanism in coordinating and drafting Guidelines and Codes of Practice is the use of member Fora. There are currently 4 ESF Fora working in different areas and HRB staff are active in all of these.

ESF Forum on Evaluation of Funding Schemes and Research Programmes

Dr. Brendan Curran, Senior Evaluation Officer in the Policy, Evaluation and External Relations Unit chairs the working group on Documentation of Evaluation in Research Funding Agencies, that contributed to the ESF Forum on Evaluation of Funding Schemes and Research Programmes. For more information on this Forum click here or contact Brendan (bcurran(at)hrb.ie).

ESF Forum on Research Integrity

Dr. Maura Hiney, Head of the Policy, Evaluation and External Relations Unit chairs Working Group 3 (Research Integrity Governance Structures) of the ESF Forum on Research Integrity. For more information on this Forum click here or contact Maura (mhiney(at)hrb.ie).

ESF Forum on Peer Review

Dr. Oonagh Ward, Programme Manager with the Research Management Unit participates in the ESF Forum on Peer Review. For more information on this Forum click here or contact Oonagh (oward(at)hrb.ie).

ESF Forum on Research Careers

Dr. Annalisa Montesanti, Programme Manager with the Research Management Unit participates in the ESF Forum on Research Careers. For more information on this Forum click here or contact Annalisa (amontesanti(at)hrb.ie).

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