Research Forum

This group of research-funding philanthropic organisations facilitates 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

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

 Activities

  • Organising 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, roundtable discussions and seminars

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.

 

The Research Forum is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to collaboration and peer-learning, as outlined in the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022.

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