EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (COST)
COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges.
In order to achieve its mission, COST has identified three strategic priorities: promoting and spreading excellence, fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science and empowering and retaining young researchers and innovators. COST implements its mission by funding bottom-up, excellencedriven, open and inclusive networks for peaceful purposes in all areas of science and technology.
COST brings together European researchers and innovators from different COST countries to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all science and technology fields through transEuropean cooperation. COST encourages and fosters trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches by integrating researchers and innovators from different fields and horizons such as universities, research centers, companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as other relevant actors.
Proposals for a COST Action must represent a network composed of proposers from at least seven (7) COST Members amongst which a minimum number shall be from COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC)
Selected proposals for COST Actions will get a financial support in the range of EUR 129.000 p.a., normally for four years, subject to available budget.
Proposers are invited to consult the set of COST Implementation Rules, approved by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), the general assembly of the COST Association.
The COST Action Proposal Submission, Evaluation, Selection and Approval (SESA) rules and procedure are based on the bottom-up, open and inclusive principles of COST and will ensure a simple, transparent and competitive evaluation and selection of proposals (see document COST 133/14 REV4 – COST Action Proposal Submission, Evaluation, Selection and Approval)
Proposers benefit from a one-stage submission based upon a proposal of up to 15 pages.
Submitted proposals will be checked against eligibility criteria and can be declared as non-eligible at any point of the process should any breach of those be identified during the evaluation as defined in the rules. Similarly, any attempt not to respect the conflict of interest rules can lead to the immediate exclusion of the proposal from the evaluation, selection and approval process.
The 2021-1 Collection Date is set to 29 October 2021 at 12:00 (CET) – Noon.
45 new Actions are expected to be approved, depending on receipt of sufficient EC budget.
The Proposal Template (Technical Annex) is available under https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-getfunding/documents-and-guidelines4 . The Guidelines for submitting COST Action proposals are available on the same page.
Proposals must be submitted electronically via e-COST. Proposers will be able to submit proposals anytime throughout the year via the e-COST new online submission tool. Proposers may wish to contact their COST National Coordinator (CNC) for information and guidance – see www.cost.eu/cnc.
COST receives financial support from the EU RTD framework programme, Horizon 2020 and should be financed under Horizon Europe. The COST Association, integrating governance, management and implementing functions, provides for the administrative, scientific and technical support in the operation of COST rules and procedures and the management of COST Actions.
The full list of COST Members is available at https://www.cost.eu/who-we-are/members
Eligibility: Georgia participates in the call as secondary proposer (only COST country participants can be main proposers). Georgia can also participate in existing Actions (Georgian researchers participating in COST Actions are eligible for reimbursement). Find out how to join existing COST Actions - https://www.cost.eu/cost-actions/how-to-participate/participate-existing-action/
See list of ITC countries at https://www.cost.eu/who-we-are/cost-strategy/excellence-and-inclusiveness and the minimum number of ITC in the network in the annex 2 (page 16) in the Document COST 133/14 REV4: COST Action Proposal Submission, Evaluation, Selection and Approval at https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-getfunding/documents-and-guidelines.
See Documents COST 132/14 REV6, 133/14 REV4, 134/14 REV3, 135/14 REV2 under https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-and-guidelines