Published: 14/03/2011 | Modified: 06/06/2014, 11:37 am

Upon examining the models of how the EURAXESS networks are managed at the national level, we find a highly consistent pattern.

Most participating countries are organised with one or a few BHOs, several ESCs and a higher number of LoCPs. This is considered the standard model. Interestingly enough, several of the BHOs also act as ESCs, providing services directly to researchers and their families while also carrying out policy initiatives. A few countries have skipped the ESC level and operate with BHOs and LoCPs only, while others have adopted a model with a BHO and ESCs only, skipping the LoCP level.

The pattern is far more varied in terms of where the BHO is hosted at the national level. Approximately half of the BHOs are hosted by organisations within the research sector. The remaining half are located in organisations within the educational sector. Few have reported problems with the organisation, as networks with relevant stakeholders seem to work well.

Most of the staff works part time on EURAXESS. This is interpreted as a positive trend, based on the assumption that the remaining tasks are activities related to and complementing EURAXESS initiatives.

Most of the BHOs, ESCs and LoCPs have signed the Declaration of Commitment or alternative documents with a similar content.

Target groups:

An analysis of the target groups for the BHOs, ESCs and LoCPs shows that for all three, the researchers and their families are the main target group. This is followed by administrative staff at the host institution and closely followed thereafter by ‘authorities’ on the national and local levels. Therefore, the common denominator appears to be the individual researcher and his or her family.

Target groups such as the national ministries, the EC, research organisations, funding agencies, and national networks require a more specialised approach. Often these organisations are only contacted by the BHO.

Country BHO ESC LoCP Location of BHO
Austria 2 2 (both are also BHOs) 32 Research funding organisation and agency for international mobility & cooperation
Belgium 3 9 8 Federal Science Policy offic
Bulgaria 1 4 (one is also a BHO) 2 University
Croatia 1 1 8 Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes
Cyprus 1 1 0 Research promotion foundation
Czech Republic 1 2 (one is also a BHO) 7 Public research organisation
Estonia 2 6 0 Foundation and academy of science
Finland 1 0 0 Research funding organisation
France 1 24 6 Rectors conference (association)
Germany 1 0 50 Foundation
Greece 1 9 1 Research Centre
Hungary 1 2 (one is also a BHO) 10 Foundation
Israel 1 6 0 Ministry
Ireland 1 0 7 University association
Italy 1 7 11 Foundation
Latvia 1 1 0 Public research institute
Lithuania 1 0 5 Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education
Montenegro 1 1 (also a BHO) 3 University
Netherlands 3 3 (two are also BHO) 0 Independent non-government body
Norway 1 1 (also a BHO) 32 Research funding organisation
Poland 1 10 0 Academy of Science
Portugal 1 11 7 Research funding organisation
Romania 1 8 2 Public body belonging to the Ministry
Serbia 1 5 51 Faculty at a university
Slovakia 1 2 (one is also a BHO) 300 Independent non-government body
Slovenia 1 0 0 Public institution
Spain 1 17 37 Foundation dependent on the Ministry
Sweden 1 1 50 Government agency
Switzerland 1 10 1 Rectors’ conference
United Kingdom 1 0 8 British Council (cultural relation organisation)


Example of a national model with two BHOs, two ESCs and 32 LoCPs. It is also interesting to note the clear division of responsibilities among the BHOs, ESCs and LoCPs.

Example of a national model with three BHOs and three ESCs. Two of the ESCs are also BHOs.


Example of a national model with one combined BHO/ESC and 32 LoCPs.