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.
In May 2019, EFI signed an agreement with SLU to create a new Forest Bioeconomy Network. This network has emerged from former activities with EFI's Regional Office EFINORD, and is coordinated by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
In June 2021, EFI signed an agreement with IEFC to create a new Planted Forests Network. This network is coordinated by the Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée (IEFC).