Facilitating more effective philanthropic support for research through transnational cooperation and information exchange by creating a sustainable, broad-based network of independent research-funding foundations and providing for them a platform to learn, collaborate and advocate together.

Focus areas

  • Global science
  • Excellence in research
  • Health
  • Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI)
  • Evaluation and peer review
  • European Data Protection Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Societal challenges
  • STEM education
  • Sustainability


In addition to partnership building, convening and knowledge sharing, the network specifically engages in the following activities:
  • Organises biannual Stakeholders’ Conferences on topics of current interest to the broader research community.
  • Convenes ad hoc working groups to explore in-depth issues of particular concern to research-funding foundations.
  • Hosts exploratory workshops, peer learning activities, round table discussions and seminars.

Steering Group Members

Network background

The Research Forum is one of the follow-up initiatives to the 2005 European Conference and Expert Group Report on the role of foundations and the non-profit sector in boosting investment in research and innovation. It was launched in 2007 as the “European Forum for Philanthropy and Research Funding”.