Research Networks include EFI member organizations and other relevant research partners. The networks aim to enhance European and/or regional cooperation and coordination of transnational research within EFI's themes of Bioeconomy, Resilience and Governance. Coordinated by an EFI member organization, Research Networks maintain a permanent dialogue between EFI member organizations and EFI Programmes and Facilities. Research Networks operate for a certain time period (five years, subject to renewal) and their coordination is self-financed.
In August 2018, EFI signed an agreement with BOKU to create a new Forest Policy Research Network. This network has emerged from former activities with EFI’s Regional Office EFICEEC-EFISEE, and is coordinated by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.
The EFI Secretariat is also negotiating a Research Network based on former activities with the EFI Regional Office EFINORD.