The main scope of ESFRI is to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on RIs in Europe and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of RIs. In this context, the Forum acts as an informal body on issues raised by one or more country delegations.
As indicated in its procedural guidelines, ESFRI may discuss activities and topics related, e.g. to the development of strategic policies, to the analysis of the socioeconomic returns of research infrastructures, or to new funding instruments or institutional arrangements for pan-European research infrastructures.
In its work, the Forum may also decide to set-up, for a limited period of time, ad-hoc working groups (which may partly consist of non Forum members) to analyse topical issues and to report back to the Forum.
In order to ensure the smooth and effective running of the Forum, ESFRI adheres to a set of guidelines ( 113 KB) which are agreed by the Forum and reviewed (and updated if necessary) every two years.