Open Call European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

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COST brings together researchers and experts in different countries working on specific topics. COST does NOT fund research itself, but supports networking activities such as meetings, conferences, short-term scientific exchanges and outreach activities. Currently around 250 scientific networks (Actions) are supported.
COST invites proposals for Actions contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal development of Europe. Proposals playing a precursor role for other European programmes and/or initiated by early-stage researchers are especially welcome.
Developing stronger links amongst European researchers is crucial to building the European Research Area (ERA). COST stimulates new, innovative, interdisciplinary and broad research networks in Europe. COST activities are carried out by research teams to strengthen the foundations for building scientific excellence in Europe.
COST is organised in nine broad Domains (Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences; Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies; Earth System Science and Environmental Management; Food and Agriculture; Forests, their Products and Services; Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health; Information and Communication Technologies; Materials, Physics and Nanosciences; Transport and Urban Development). The intended coverage of each domain is explained at
Applicants are invited to locate their topic within one domain. However, inter-disciplinary proposals not fitting readily into a single domain should be submitted as Trans-Domain proposals (TDP) and will be evaluated separately.

Proposals should include researchers from a minimum of five COST countries. Financial support for an Action of 19 participating countries is in the range of EUR 130 000 p.a., normally for four years, subject to available budget.
Proposals will be assessed in two stages (except for the TDP— see below). Preliminary proposals (maximum 1 500 words/3 pages), submitted using the on-line template at should provide a brief overview of the proposal and its intended impact. Proposals not conforming to the eligibility criteria of COST (e.g. requesting research funding) will be excluded. Eligible proposals will be assessed by the relevant Domain Committees in accordance with the published criteria at  Applicants of selected preliminary proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Full proposals will be peer reviewed according to the assessment criteria at . The decision will normally be taken within six months of the collection date and the Actions should expect to start within three months thereafter.
The collection date for preliminary proposals is 29 March 2013, 17:00 Brussels time. Full proposals will be invited by 30 May 2013 for submission by 26 July 2013.
Proposals submitted under TDP follow a specific pilot evaluation procedure, requiring submission of one single proposal. This proposal will be remotely evaluated in two steps, followed by TDP Panel hearings. Additional details can be found at . The collection date for TDP is 14 June 2013, 17:00 Brussels time. Decisions on Action approval are expected in November 2013.

Proposers may wish to contact their national COST Coordinator (CNC) for information and guidance — see


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