The 2011 Call for Exploratory Workshop

The ESF invites proposals across all scientific domains under the 2011 Call for Exploratory Workshops.

The focus of the scheme is to foster meetings that aim to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. Proposals should also demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up actions. Proposals will be evaluated on the potential to create breakthroughs and form the basis for new areas of research and/or innovative applications, or the changing of paradigms.

Proposals may be submitted in any or across several of the following broad scientific fields: Biomedical Sciences; Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences Physical and Engineering Science; Social ScienceHumanities; Science driven input to research policy issues such as Research Infrastructures in any of the above fields .


ESF Exploratory Workshops generally last for 1-3 days and include 15 min. and 30 max. (including speakers and convenors) participants. The award will be up to a maximum value of 15 000 €.


The 2011 Call for Proposals is for workshops to be held between 1 February and 31 December 2012. The deadline for submitting proposals is 26 May 2011, 16:00 CET. The ESF anticipates to be able to fund approximately 50 workshops from this Call.

For further information please go to

Research and Graduate Policies Directorate