In October 2011 Science Europe, the new umbrella organization of the European Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations was founded. Currently, 47 member organisations from 27 countries join forces to co-operate on a European level and to jointly contribute to the creation of the European Research Area (ERA).
Science Europe has an office in Brussels which allows for regular contacts with the European Commission and other European stakeholders.
Central to the work of Science Europe is the co-operation that takes place in several working groups in which representatives from member organisations jointly discuss and develop best practice-models on different areas of interest for science policy. These areas include the promotion of Open Access to scientific publications and data, the development of ideal conditions for international co-operation between researchers as well as the exchange on questions of research integrity or the inclusion of gender and diversity related aspects. Also, Science Europe closely follows science policy debates as well as the development of concrete funding instruments at the European in order to develop joint positions on these issues.
A second pillar of the work of Science Europe is the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) in which researchers from all disciplines are represented. The establishment of the SAC allows for the active inclusion of the scientific community and establishes a permanent exchange on topics of relevance for science policy.
The FWF since the very beginning is actively involved in the work of Science Europe. The FWF participates in all working groups which are relevant to the activities of the FWF with its own experts. In addition, the FWF in April 2015 jointly with Science Europe and the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) has organized the so-called “High-Level Workshop”. At the workshop, high-ranking representatives of Science Europe member organisations as well as representatives of the European Commission and of European Governments met to discuss to engage in a dialogue on science policy issues.